Sweet victory for Honey in Enduro

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The National, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

YAMAHA rider Ben Honey fired the first shots in anger at opening round of the Big Gun Enduro on Sunday at the Basilisk Gun Battery, Idlers Bay, putting in a solid effort to lead the nine-rider field to win the race.
The YZ 450 mounted Honey was not without some close company throughout the two-hour race as Daan Van Pletzen, Jason James and an on-fire Shannon Gee snapping at his heels throughout the event.
Fast man Chris Pevy crashed heavily on a rock strewn section of the course halfway into lap one, spearing him into the ground and out of the race.
Despite two fractures to his collar bone and a broken rib, Pevy rode back to the start finish line and then made a bee line to the Port Moresby out-patients.
The crash may have Pevy down, but the motorbike family is expected to see him back in the saddle later in the racing season.
The course took its toll on a number of riders as did the hot and dusty conditions with respite only being found when competitors found their way back onto the long beach section.
Most despised part was the 500m boulder and rock strewn section of the course that did not allow riders to develop a rhythm before being confronted with a rutted uphill challenge.
The course swept through tight tree and gully sections before heading to the peak of another hill via a cambered track.