KTM’s Toby Price etched his name further into Australia’s off road record books by winning the Tatts Finke Desert Race for a record equalling fifth time.
Australia’s fastest off road race, Price claimed a comfortable three-minute margin of victory at the end of the two-day 452 kilometre long sprint.
Adding further weight to his victory, Price secured the bike win, while also competing in the Trophy Truck category too.
“I’m over the moon with the result,” told Price. “To win the bike class and also finish second overall but first in class in the truck category is a perfect result.
“It was a big challenge racing both classes, flying back and forth to start each one but I like a challenge and it was great to come away with my fifth bike win. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support in doing this.”
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.
To put things into perspective, Price’s combined run, which was six minutes faster than 2015, saw him ride at an average speed of 120kmh, including pitstops.
The four previous victories achieved by Price were in 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010.
In second position 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.
Photos: Bradley Greenfield
Results - Tatts Finke Desert Race 2016
Complete Results: https://finkedesertrace.com.au/race-results