Storming desert on a dirt bike

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By ANDY MCGECHAN

Third in class and 10th out­right, the four-rider crew from New Zealand can feel jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their achieve­ment at this year’s 45th an­nual Baja 1000 cross­coun­try en­durance race in the Mex­i­can desert.

The Awe­some Four­some com­prised Auck­land’s Robert Creemers and Peter Herd, Toko­roa’s Sean Clarke and Te Awa­mutu’s Kevin Archer. They teamed up to race a Honda CRF450X in last week’s dirt bike marathon from Ense­nada to La Paz.

‘‘We fin­ished third in the 40 years plus class and 10th over­all out of the bikes. The event was amaz­ing with thou- sands of spec­ta­tors lin­ing the course right through the night,’’ said Clarke, whose seven-hour stint on the bike was per­haps one of the tough­est, vis­i­bil­ity at a pre­mium.

‘‘ For­tu­nately, the Baja De­sign lights on the Baja Bound Honda CRF450X were just un­real.’’

Creemers had first stint on the bike, start­ing at Ense­nada, rid­ing the bike to the 318-mile mark where Herd took over for the next 210 miles to hand over to Clarke.

‘‘I got on . . . about 9pm and rode through to the 840 mile mark where Kevin Archer took over to wrap up the race af­ter a to­tal of 1122 miles, in La Paz with a fin­ish­ing time of 26 hours and 25 min­utes.’’

Photo: ANDY MCGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM

AWE­SOME: Auck­land’s Robert Creemers and Peter Herd, Toko­roa’s Sean Clarke and Te Awa­mutu’s Kevin Archer, who teamed up to tackle the an­nual Baja 1000 this sea­son.

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