David Knight Official Results Service '07 - Australian Four Day Enduro - Dirt Rider Magazine

David Knight Results Service Red Bull KTM Off Road Race Team Australian Four Day Enduro, NSW, Coffs Harbour, 5-8.7.2007 Knighter wins Aussie four-dayReigning Enduro 3 world champion and currant leader of the '07 US GNCC series David Knight has claimed overall victory at the '07 Australian Four day Enduro, staged in Croffs Harbour, NSW. Taking the opportunity to compete in the prestigious event for the first time due to having a two month break in his US racing schedule, Knight continued his recent run of good form to top the event in style. In winning the competition Knight adds a Motorcycling Australia (MA) title to his already claimed FIM and AMA championships.With little time to prepare for the event, and with his luggage having got lost en route to New South Wales, Knight had no more than 30 minutes to set-up his bike prior to his first enduro event of '07. Yet despite having flown half way around the world to arrive in Australia just days before the start of the event David performed well during the opening day's seven special tests and despite a few problems finished within striking distance of Australia's Stefan Merriman. On day two Knighter wasted no time at all in turning his slender deficit into a healthy advantage as he finished 19 seconds ahead of his closest rival Merriman. With the event's special tests becoming rougher Knight upped his pace to move to the top of the overall results. The third day of competition started with a heavy frost greeting all riders as they wheeled their bikes from the parc ferme. Faced with eight special tests, many having become extremely rough, Knight continued to push hard putting his world championship experience to good use and winning the day by 31 second, again from Stefan Merriman. With the fourth and final day seeing all competitors enjoying a relatively easy trail ride from the event's base to the local Coffs Harbour motocross track the weather took an unexpected turn for the worse, which made the final ISDE style motocross races much more slippery and harder than expected. Despite many of his closest rivals struggling with the wet and slippery conditions Knight maintained his composure again performing well and with out mistakes to claim the win and secure his first ever Australian Four Day Enduro title ahead of Chris Hollis and Stefan Merriman.David Knight: "With Juha Salminen winning the event last year I knew there would be a lot of people expecting me to match his result this year, which I'm pleased I've done. It's not easy flying half way around the world to race but I'm pleased I did because I've really enjoyed the event and got so much support from everyone."The first day didn't go quite as well as I planned but despite a few problems it went ok, especially considering it's been a while since I've raced special tests. I wasn't too far behind the leaders so I knew I could ride a fair bit faster on the second day."I felt good on day two and the tests were a bit rougher, which I think suited me better. Stefan (Merriman) and AJ (Roberts) were still pushing hard and weren't far behind be so I couldn't ease off at all."Day three went perfectly, and set me up for the event win. There still wasn't much between us but I knew I was riding well and managed to increase my lead further, ahead of the final day."I guess the last day worked out well for me being wet. It was hard though because my bike was set-up for dry conditions. I couldn't believe how the weather had changed - it was sunny when my bike went into the parc ferme and raining when I took it out. It's a shame in a way that the event ended the way it did with the bad weather but I guess it made things a little more exciting. The motocross track was hard work because it was extremely slippery. I knew I couldn't afford any mistakes and luckily I didn't really make any. There were riders falling everywhere but I managed to keep upright, which got me the win."Results - 2007 Australian Four Day Enduro (Overall)1. David Knight (Red Bull KTM Off Road Race Team) 5931.03
2. Charlie Hollis (Yamaha) 5987.38
3. Stefan Merriman (Aprilia) 6000.28
4. AJ Roberts (Honda) 6003.06
5. Glenn Kearney (Suzuki) 6091.93
6. Kirk Hutton (Yamaha) 6098.73