Sam rides high in brutal desert test

By Riverine Herald

BATTERED, bruised and in some cases broken they may be, the majority of Echuca-Moama’s riders in the Hattah Desert Race have returned.

With more than 600 entries into Sunday’s senior race, held in Mildura, the best of the local bunch was 19th-placed Sam Davie, representing Husqvarna and Highside Motorcycles, Mowers and Marine.

It wasn’t such smooth sailing for Jason Collins however.

The local rider was riding well and looked set to finish in the top 100 places, until he crashed and came off.

Ross Harris of Highside Motorcycles, Mowers and Marine said Collins was looking strong until the crash.

‘‘To finish within the top 100 is freakish considering there were 600 entries into the race,’’ Harris said.

‘‘Jase Collins came off and is actually having surgery on broken bones — he’s still stuck in Mildura.

‘‘I think it was a broken wrist, and he’s damaged his shoulder and dislocated bones in his hand.’’

Other locals to race in the desert were Matt Kellett, who came 88th, Jake Russell who placed 286th, Peter Clancy (303rd) and Brett Lamb (326th) in the senior division.

In the junior section Kade Stratton took home 180th, and Jake Clancy came 158th.

‘‘There were some very good results this year. It was pretty tough again this year, because it was particularly dusty and sandy, which means it changes every lap,’’ Mr Harris said.