Dakar Down Under Australian Safari - Dirt Rider Magazine

Team Rally PanAmerica arrives in Australia.Jonah Street and Casey McCoy are on their way to Australia to contest the Australian Safari, the "Dakar Down Under." Our guys will be part of the RMA Yamaha team, riding WR450s alongside 18 year-old Australian phenom Jacob Smith and Safari veteran Ross Mitchell. This will be Casey's 6th Safari, and he is hoping to better his 2nd place finish in 2000. Jonah will be chomping at the bit, as this is his first rally since the Dakar, where he was in stopped by a mechanical failure when charging from 4th place to the front.Jonah hopes to gain valuable rallying experience in the Safari as he prepares to challenge for the outright win in next January's Dakar Rally.Casey and Jonah will be on unfamiliar 450cc Yamahas prepared by Wombat Moto in Australia. Expect some teething problems as they adjust to the new bikes in the first few days of the 9-day event. After that, they hope to run near the front of the international field and top teams from KTM and Honda.The Australian Safari starts on August 24 and crosses the desolate deserts of Western Australia until the finish on September 1 in Perth.For results and information, watch for the team's press releases and visit the team's website at: www.rallypanam.com, and the Safari website at: www.australiansafari.com.au.Team Rally PanAmerica is backed by Top Oil, Klim gear, Motion Pro, Scott's goggles, PAi, Michelin, Scuderia West, SPS, Baja Designs, ProTect, MX1West, Renazco Racing, Ready Racing and the Riff Raff.