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Bike theft put the brakes on Logan Frost’s plans to ride his motorcycle to the Finke Desert Race for the first time

This weekend a young, first-time competitor in the Finke Desert Race had his bike stolen while traveling from his hometown in New South Wales to central Australia.

Logan Frost is still old enough to compete in a two-day off-road motorsport event, aged 16 and a half.

He was traveling with his father Stewart Frost to Alice Springs from Conawindra when his bike was allegedly stolen overnight from a motel car park in the underground city of Coober Pedy, South Australia.

“I was probably sleeping 20 feet from it,” said Stewart Frost.

“My wife woke up this morning at about six o’clock … and she just opened the door and looked outside and said there was no bike.”

Logan Frost said he was preparing for the trip as he went to Alice Springs to watch the Finke Desert Race last year, and decided he wanted to compete.

“I was very shaken this morning … very shaken and angry.”

16 Year Old Boy Wearing Black Hoodie And Hat Stands Next To Empty Ute Tray
Logan’s bike was in the back of this ute tray, which was being carried from Central West of NSW to Alice Springs.,Supplied by: Stewart Frostow,

Toughest Off-Road Event in Australia

The annual Finke Desert Race is considered the largest bill of its kind in the country, and traditionally marks the first time competitors have been given the opportunity to race against some of the biggest names in motorsport.

In recent years, the event has attracted over 600 competitors and around 150 cars in the bike category.

Competitors race along a 230-kilometer track between Alice Springs and Aputula (Finke) and then return the next day.

New safety rules will be implemented this year in response to the death of spectator Nigel Harris, who was hit by a vehicle that deviated from the track at last year’s event.

This year’s event will begin with a street party in Alice Springs on Thursday and a bike and cars race on Sunday.

Silver Lining

Stewart Frost said he and his family stayed at Coober Pedy today instead of heading to Alice Springs in hopes of returning their son’s bike.

He took to social media to offer a $3,000 reward for getting the bike back immediately.

Smiling Man Holding Handle Bar Of Orange And White Dirt Bike
Logan Frost, ready to ride in his first Finke, was pictured here with his bike, which was stolen, in a cobbler pedi.,supply,

SA Police said they were investigating the theft and asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

But Logan Frost will still be able to cut his teeth at the coveted race, thanks to friends who have been to Alice Springs for the event and offered him a spare bike.

The bike is more powerful than what a Logan has lost—a 500sq instead of a 350sq.

Logan said he didn’t feel “very surprised” about riding a different bike, but his mother “had other opinions on that.”

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