PRICE ECLIPSES ALL-TIME FINKE TITLE RECORD IN BIKE BUT DNF’S IN TRUCK
Toby Price has closed out his 2018 Finke ‘Iron Man’ Double campaign by finishing 1st in the Bike category but being forced into a DNF result the Truck Category with a broken Power Steering Pump on the final day of the 2018 Finke Desert Race.
Truck – Position DNF
The Red Bull Trophy Truck required a gearbox and transmission replacement which was removed from Bill Geddes Truck and flown from Alice Springs to Finke at 10:30pm the night prior to the final leg of the race.
Price and Navigator Jason Duncan started 2nd for the return trip from Finke to Alice Springs but blew a Power Steering Pump which forced the duo into a DNF result.
Price was disappointed with the result after all the hard work from the Toby Price Motorsport team but was extremely thankful for their efforts and the support of his valued sponsors.
“THAT IS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW, UNFORTUNATELY WE DIDN’T MAKE IT BACK TO FINKE IN THE RED BULL TROPHY TRUCK DUE TO A POWER STEERING FAILURE. WE DIDN’T LEAVE A STONE UNTURNED LAST NIGHT AND OUR TOBY PRICE MOTORSPORT TEAM GAVE IT A RED HOT CRACK TO GET ME ON THAT START LINE. “
Bike – Position 1
After failing to reach the finish line in the Red Bull Trophy Truck, Price flew back to the Finke start line for the final leg of the Bike.
Taking off from first, Price lead out in front and was able to recover from a fall 100km out from the finish line.
Price eclipsed the all-time record for Bike Wins, claiming his sixth ‘King of the Desert’ title in just 9 years on his KTM 500 EXC-F.
The KTM Australia Rider finished the Race with a time of 03:55:25.1, over 10 minutes ahead of the next rider.
“ALL WENT REALLY WELL, WE’RE PUMPED – WE GOT OUR 6TH WIN FOR THE FINKE DESERT RACE! THE RACE WAS DEFINITELY HARD ON US, WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF GET OFF AROUND THE 100KM MARK COMING HOME. OVERALL I’M STOKED, 6 WINS ON THE BIKE FOR KTM AND IT’S AMAZING THAT WE’VE GOT THE RECORD FOR ALL-TIME WINS IN THAT CATEGORY. I CAN’T THANK KTM ENOUGH, THEY ALWAYS PUT IN A MASSIVE EFFORT AND HAVE EVERYTHING READY TO GO FOR US. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DIDN’T GO AS WELL IN THE TRUCK CATEGORY FOR THE ‘IRON MAN’ DOUBLE BLOWING A POWER STEERING PUMP. ALL AND ALL IT WAS GOOD TIMES AND I’M HAPPY EVERYTHING IS ALL WRAPPED UP FOR THE WEEKEND! TIME TO KICK BACK AND RELAX A LITTLE BIT AND CELEBRATE WITH THE TEAM.”