Hussaini more than two hours ahead of field
A Suzuki QuadRacer LT-R450 took the checkered flag in a grueling race in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 25 to Nov. 2.
Sebastian Hussaini piloted his QuadRacer to victory in the 17th running of the UAE Desert Challenge. The event was the final round of the FIM Cross Country World Championship series.
Racing over a six-day period, it took Hussaini 20 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds to complete the 2,210 kilometer (1,373 mile) race that saw riders traverse everything from mountainous terrain to a seemingly endless stretch of sand dunes.
Hussaini’s winning QuadRacer was equipped with a stock engine and stock suspension. The key modifications dealt with fuel capacity, as an extra large main fuel tank and saddle tanks were fitted to the bike because much of the race took place over vast stretches of isolated desert.
Riding a Honda TRX 450, Atif Al Zarouni finished two hours and 16 minutes behind Hussaini in second place. Zarouni was the defending champion and was looking for his third victory in four years.
Can-Am’s Comel De Villiers crossed the finish line in third on his Renegade 800, five hours and 27 minutes after the winner.