Sunday, September 24, 2023

Kalahari Ferrari redeems Dakar rally setback

Ross Branch, affectionately called ‘the Kalahari Ferrari’ has proved his mettle at the just ended Rally Kazakhstan FIM cross country World championship that was held in Aktau city in Kazakstan. 

Branch emerged victorious in an event that was run over five stages from the 8th to 13th June 2021. Despite challenging navigation and slippery ground due to rain, Branch gave Yamaha victory. 

Following Branch’s disappointment due to injury at the Dakar Rally after a good start; the Kalahari Ferrari excitedly revealed it is good for him and the club to get back to winning ways.

With challenges that witnessed Branch arriving at the bivouac on the second stage on a wheel rim after his rear tyre disintegrated, the talented biker pushed for a podium stage with three more stages in the event. 

In a statement from FIM media, Branch revealed his excitement following a disappointment at the Dakar Rally. The statement read “I’m really happy with this victory especially for the team after our setbacks in the Dakar. It’s a great feeling to come back to winning ways as the week was not easy but the reward was worth it.”

While Branch led second placed with over four minutes, Austrian Mathias Walkner of KTM led for one stage but was relegated on day three. The third place was secured by Branch’s team mate of Yamaha Adrien Van Beveren. 

The next rounds of the FIM cross country rallies World championship is slated for 1st to 11th July in Russia and Mongolia with Branch expected to continue his triumphant performance.


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