Albury motorbike rider Andrew Houlihan finished fifth in his class and 27th overall in the Hispania Rally, his first overseas competition back from serious injury.
Mr Houlihan, who rode a new Sherco 450 SEF Factory bike, was happy with his position after the first round of the European Off-Road Rally Championships.
More than 150 riders contested the 1700 kilometres event over four days in Valencia, Spain.
"It's very hard to describe how challenging and difficult some of the terrain is," Mr Houlihan said.
"In some places there is no room for error or you drop over the cliff faces.
"Many of the small rocky tracks that wind around the cliffs are not good for someone like myself who doesn't like heights."
The rider will now travel to Morocco for practice and training.
"Although I am quite worn down and have some niggling injuries I am looking forward to a week of riding the massive sand dunes in Merzouga and learning more about the navigation using compass bearings," he said.
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