SWAN HILL rider Brett Lamb will be hoping for no more unfortunate bike failures when he takes part in just his second outing of the 2016 Penrite Hattah Desert Race that revs into life at Mildura this weekend, July 1-3.
The 45-year-old will be competing in the Veterans class and hopes he doesn’t DNF this time round. “I’ve just purchased a brand new bike so I’m hoping what happened last year doesn’t happen again. I was about half a lap in when it happened,” Brett said.
Asked why he was a fan of at Australia’s biggest dirt bike race, Brett replied: “I just love the size of it and how friendly everyone is and it just feels like one big massive family. It’s just a fantastic atmosphere,” he said.
Brett also competes in the 2016 Yamaha Victorian Off-Road Championship in the Over 35 B Grade class.
The Veterans class consists of 8 laps of 38 kilometres which will take approximately 4 hours. After last year’s mechanical problems, Brett is hoping to just be able to finish the race. “Obviously racing in the Veterans, I’d just like to be able to finish,” Brett said.
Hattah, which has been run by Mildura’s Northwest Victorian Motorcycle Club for more than 15 years is expecting 250 juniors and 350 senior riders at this year’s event.
“I’ve spoken to everybody else and they just want to finish it as well too. Hattah is just one of those bucket list challenges that you have to do,” Brett added.
“I would also like to thank Echuca Locksmiths, Highside Motorcycles Echuca and Riverina Belting & Echuca Bearings for all their amazing support,” Brett said.
Scrutineering for the 2016 Penrite Hattah Desert Race takes place between 4-8pm on Friday night at Quandong Park Sports Reserve at Red Cliffs, whilst the Junior Penrite Hattah Desert Race will rev into action on Saturday, July 2 at 7.30am whilst the Senior Race takes place on Sunday, July 3 at 9.00am.
For further information on the 2016 Hattah Desert Race please visit: www.northwestvicmcc.com.au/hattah.