Karratha’s Clay brothers star in desert race

Clay,Grabham,Fish

After starting off with a fifth placing in the shorter prologue stage, Adam made up time on the first day to finish in second outright behind KTM factory rider Ben Grabham.

Grabham’s KTM teammate Matt Fish was next home in third place, while Karratha’s Luke Clay finished in seventh, 2mins40secs behind Darwin’s Coby Willis.

Unfortunately, the day held bad luck in store for Karratha’s other hopes Jake Watling and Brodie Black.

Watling had drama with fencing wire in his rear wheel, and then missed a turn and got lost.

He eventually ran out of fuel about 1km from the finish.

Black, after posting the second fastest prologue time, just 2secs behind Grabham, got a rear flat on the first lap, putting him out of the race.

Sunday saw Grabham continue his solid form from Saturday, as he increased his overall lead by another 4mins.

However, the duel of the day was between Karratha’s Adam Clay and Matt Fish.

Fish put the pressure on Clay early, but Clay held his own against the factory KTM rider, maintaining a consistent pace throughout the remaining 250kms to take second place outright.

Luke Clay also performed well to make up the time on Coby Willis to jump up one spot into the sixth position.

The third round of the Tri-Series moves to Kumarina Station, 160 km south of Newman from August 9-11.

With Grabham taking a strong lead into the final round, and any of the top ten riders capable of winning, it’s going to be an exciting finish to the country’s newest and only desert racing series.

It could also be Grabham’s biggest racing pay cheque, because, having won the first two races, he stands to win a $20,000 bonus if he can also claim victory in the third event.

Indee 500 Top 10

1.Ben Grabham

2.Adam Clay

3.Matt Fish

4.Jehi Willis

5.Rod Faggotter

6.Luke Clay

7.Coby Willis

8.Brett Beaumont

9.Aidan Chamberlain

10.Michael Stephen

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