Locals tackle tough Finke 2018 race

Linton Badman and Jordan Rayner travelled to Alice Springs to compete in the 2018 Finke Desert Race over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

It was the first time the Lucindale pair had raced at the event. With temperatures in the low 30s all weekend and no significant rain in the last three years, conditions were hot and very dusty for a couple of southern boys.

The weekend started off with a fitting tribute to the memory of former Apsley and Naracoorte resident Daymon Stokie, with all riders displaying decals in recognition of the highly successful rider.

Stokie, who died in a race accident in Alice Springs in January, was last year’s Finke winner and is remembered by all as a tough competitor and a true champion sorely missed by the whole motorcycling community.

The Finke Desert Race is in its 43rd year and is Australia’s toughest endurance race. Held over two days, the race is 226km long each way with participants racing from Alice Springs to Finke on Sunday, camping at Finke and then returning to Alice on Monday.

Linton prologued 481st position and finished 256th. Jordan prologued 281st and finished 137th. With 650 bikes entering the race this was a great achievement by both guys to come home with a strong finish.

Linton and Jordan send out a huge thankyou to all the people that helped with fuel stops, pit work and sponsorship, their support was greatly appreciated.