Team Sam Florance midway through Reliability Trial season

ENDURO TRAINING: Sam Florance of Kangaroo Island is competing in this year's South Australian Reliability Trial Championship. Photo courtesy Thomas Ware Photography
ENDURO TRAINING: Sam Florance of Kangaroo Island is competing in this year's South Australian Reliability Trial Championship. Photo courtesy Thomas Ware Photography

Sam Florance of Kangaroo Island is again competing in the South Australian Reliability Trial Championship.

Good results, including a fourth, sixth and second, have put him top in his class for the championship.

Florance recently moved his family back to Kangaroo Island and his sporting passion is dirt bike racing.

He started the 2019 season with very little preparation and no seat time, due to work and family commitments.

"As you know KI tourism goes bananas during summer, but being a quad bike tour guide, I reckon helped keeping my eye in," Florance said.

"Sponsorship from local businesses has once again been overwhelming to say the least. Mum and dad from Ficifolia Lodge Kangaroo Island have still firmly got my back."

Mum and dad, Sue and Colin Florance, are his team manger, coach, dietitian, "biggest fans and my best mates".

"Racing dirt bikes isn't cheap and i am truly grateful for everything they do for me," he said.

His employers, Brenton and Verity from Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and Little Sahara have also continued their support offering to help with ferry cost. "Eight trips a season quickly adds up."

"Mark and his awesome staff at Turners Tyre Service Dunlop Super Dealer have also been nothing short of fantastic," Florance said.

"Mark generously secured support from Castrol Oils. Engine oils are a big consumable in racing and key in overall machine reliability.

"Through Mark, Dunlop have again contributed massively. Tyres are the single most important handling factor on a motorcycle and having the highest quality products on offer is comforting."

DIRT BIKER: Sam Florance of Kangaroo Island is competing in the 2019 South Australian Reliability Trial Championship. He received support from local businesses to keep him on the start line. Photo courtesy Thomas Ware Photography

DIRT BIKER: Sam Florance of Kangaroo Island is competing in the 2019 South Australian Reliability Trial Championship. He received support from local businesses to keep him on the start line. Photo courtesy Thomas Ware Photography

His class (F - 271cc to 405cc 4-Stroke) in the South Australian Reliability Trial Championship is again proving to be very competitive, with his main friendly rivals being 15 years his junior.

"We started solidly with a fourth in class at Round 1 in Tarlee and sixth at Round 2 Sedan. Round 3 brought in the notoriously tough Robertstown 2-Day. Six hours day/night on Saturday and six hours daylight format Sunday.

"Even with a blown fork seal we were sitting first in class and 15th outright after day one. Unfortunately I had a minor incident late in the second lap leaving me with a very painful chest injury.

"Though it was hurting a lot my body still worked, so we pushed through day two finishing with a provisional second in class, 23rd outright.

"A good result which put us top in class for the championship with four rounds remaining. To finish first.....first you must finish!"

His wife Melissa and four kids are also huge support. "Without their blessing i don't go racing.

This year, as with most, our biggest events are coming on consecutive weekends.

The Hattah Desert Race (5-7th July) and the 24 Hour Reliability Trial (13th-14th July).

The "Hattah" is considered by most as the hardest single day enduro in the country.

The 400 competitors race four hours non stop on a 38 km loop with conditions that vary from tight deep sand tracks through scrub to 180 km/h clay straights.

Multiple Dakar winner Toby Price himself has stated "Hattah is harder than Finke", Florance said.

The 24-Hour - Round 4 of the SA Reliability Trial Championship - speaks for itself. It's 24 hours of continuous riding, covering around 800 km of competitive and transport sections with a 30 minutes approximate break every six-hour lap.

"Rain, hail or shine this event is tough! Our goal is to finish both events on two wheels and in one piece, the rest will sort itself out."

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