KTM factory rider Toby Price has ridden further into the deep history of the Finke Desert Race by winning this year’s event, giving him a total of five wins in the Central Australian classic off-road event.
The victory by Price from Aberglasslyn in NSW sees him equal the record number of wins achieved by former Alice Springs rider Randall Gregory.
The win was even more remarkable given that Price had chosen to add to the degree of difficulty by also competing in the 4-wheel division driving a Trophy Truck and coming home in second positon before tackling Day 2 of the bike competition.
Aboard the #1 KTM 500 EXC, Price completed the 2 day distance of 452 kilometres in a total time of 3 hours 46 minutes and 55 seconds (Day 1: 1hr 53m 19s – Day 2: 1hr 53m 35s).
Last year’s (2015) total time for Price was 3 hours 52 minutes and 54 seconds making his ride this year even more meritorious.
The four previous victories achieved by Price were in 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010.
In second positon for the second consecutive year was Tye Simmonds from Bourke in NSW competing on the #2 KTM 500 EXC. His total time for the event was 3 hours 49 minutes and 42 seconds. (Day 1: 1hr 55m 53s – Day 2: 1hr 53m 49s)
Completing the KTM trifecta, Alice Springs rider David Walsh on the #299 KTM 500 EXC took 3 hours 52 minutes and 11 seconds for the journey. (Day 1: 1hr 57m 07s – Day 2: 1hr 55m 04s)
First Honda home was ridden by Alice Springs competitor Daymon Stokie aboard his X99 Honda CRF 450R placing fourth, with Beau Ralston from Kurri Kurri in NSW coming home in fifth on the #7 Yamaha YZF 450.
Full results on the event web site: www.finkedesertrace.com.au