Motorex KTM Off Road Racing's Toby Price is hoping that time spent in the United States in the lead-up to this weekend's fifth and sixth rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championship will help him increase his series lead Outright and in E3.
The former two-time series champion has been in dominant form so far during 2012 with three wins from four AORC starts aboard the 500 EXC, travelling to the US this month to contest a number of events.
Price first contested a Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) round on the East Coast of America but was denied a result due to a split in an aftermarket fuel tank, before he finished second in a Mid-America Cross Country round and sixth in a National Enduro round to conclude the trip.
"I just got back in from America yesterday and I feel good after scoring a couple of good results over there," Price commented. "We're heading into the AORC halfway point now, so I need to get back focused on the series and keep consistent on that podium.
"I've still got momentum on my side from early this year and I was able to get a lot of riding in while I was in the States. I feel like the trip recharged my batteries in some ways, so to get some wins on the board for KTM is definitely the plan."
Teammate and defending AORC champion Chris Hollis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing fourth round of the series earlier this month, on track to regain the form that saw him score victory at round two. Hollis sits third in the E2 class and seventh Outright on the 350 EXC-F.
KTM's E1 class contender Ben Burrell continues to progress on the 250 EXC-F, sitting third in the standings after reaching the podium last time out at Wonthaggi. The Coonabarabran round marks Burrell's home round of the series, coming from Parkes in New South Wales.
Main Photo : Toby Price will look to extend his championship lead in Australia after spending a couple of weeks in America Credit : Supplied