Daniel Milner takes a wet and wild victory and the 2019 Hattah Desert Race – torrential rain causes race to be cut short.
The Australian Hattah Desert race will be remembered for many years as the one where the heavens opened and caused chaos. The main Sunday race was called after the fourth lap due to safety issues – medical access to the circuit severely hampered by the conditions.
Daniel Milner it was though who made it a hat trick over the weekend after taking the prologue, Top 10 Shoot out, single lap race and then the main Sunday race victory.
Daniel Milner - KTM 500 EXC-F: “It's such a good feeling to win Hattah after breaking my collarbone six weeks ago and undergoing surgery before I then had tendon problems in the opposite arm once I was back on the bike.
“I'd only had four days on the bike and one day of testing, so to bring it home is an unbelievable feeling and the KTM 500 EXC-F is such a weapon to ride! It really was a matter of making sure we could get through the race and it became a case of survival.”
It could have been different after 2018 winner, Daniel Sanders, dropped down the order from a leading position on lap four with electrical problems. Sanders had been steadily pulling a cushion over Milner during the first three laps but as the fourth lap began the rain got into his Husqvarna electrics, leaving Sanders a disappointed P14.
The misfortune allowed Lyndon Snodgrass to step into second position and Josh Green taking the third spot on the podium.
Check out the video of the conditions:
2019 Hattah results:
Take an onboard lap of Hattah with Daniel Milner in the Top 10 Shootout:
Photo Credit: John Pearson Media Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org