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Honda's CRF Dominates Finke

Honda’s CRF450 dominates the 2007 Finke Desert Race

Honda's CRF450 has dominated the 2007 Finke Desert Race, with the red rocket filling eight out of the top 10 positions in the bikes category, including the outright victory.

From a field of 406 bikes Glenn Hoffman Honda rider Ben Grabham emerged victorious, just ahead of 2006 winner Ryan Branford, who was also aboard a CRF, supported by local dealer Desert Edge. Rounding out the podium was fellow Honda campaigner and local, Jason Hill.

The lead changed numerous times over the course of the 460km event, in a thrilling Finke that tested man and machine to the very limit. "This race is never an easy one, and this year the track was rougher and the dust was worse than last year, making visibility poor," said Grabham. "I'm really happy to have gone one better than I did last year. The bike has been amazing, which I think is pretty apparent by how many CRFs finished in the top 10," he added.

KTM rider Brad Williscroft provided the only non-Honda challenge to the lead in the bikes class, before he crashed out of the event. Other honourable mentions must go to Steve Hengeveld, who won the 451cc and above four-stroke bike class, and Honda Australia's Marketing Services Manager Rhys Griffiths, who came home third in the Veterans (45 and over) class aboard a CRF450X.

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