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KTM Ready To Continue Winning For In Queensland

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With a stunning 1-2 finish in the Finke Desert race a fortnight ago and an equally gobsmacking trifecta on not one, but both days of the last AORC stop in South Australia, there‰Ûªs no doubt KTM's Off-Road Racing squad is at the top of its game approaching this weekend's seventh and eighth rounds of the Australian off Road Championships in Queensland.

However, on the back of a very intense racing schedule, KTM Enduro Racing Team riders Toby Price, Tye Simmonds and Daniel Sanders will have a couple of extra challenges to face at Aratula.

Recently crowned Finke Desert Race Champion and arguably the world's busiest off-road racer, Toby Price will carry the remnants of a foot injury he sustained in practice for Finke as he attempts to extend his 28-point AORC championship lead aboard the number one KTM 500 EXC.

Price has stayed off the bike in the last two weeks to allow his foot to heal, and will make the transition from 190kmh straights to low-speed tree dodging with almost zero saddle time, testing even his well-known versatility to the max.

‰ÛÏMy foot‰Ûªs a lot better to walk with now." Price explained. "The doctors couldn't quite be sure whether there was a fracture there or not, but we‰Ûªll be good to go.

"The season so far is going good, but there‰Ûªs still another six rounds so anything can happen. If we can try to extend the points lead this weekend that would be great, but if not we‰Ûªll just play it smart.

"It's good to see my two teammates doing really well, I like seeing the KTM brand up at the front; that's who we ride for and it feels like a big family, so it's good to see them contending for wins and pushing me along as well because that's only going to make me stronger at the end of the day.‰Û
Daniel Sanders is running third overalli in this years of AORC
Young teammate and fellow E3 competitor Daniel Sanders is running third overall in his first senior year of AORC, but the young Victorian admits that with his favourite tracks now behind him, the challenge to be a consistent high level performer really begins.

Brimming with youthful enthusiasm, optimism and confidence, it's a challenge that ‰ÛÏChucky‰Û
Tye Simmonds‰Ûª year of firsts continues this weekend at Aratula, and despite virtually no bike time since Finke, the former motocross pro is quietly confident he'll make a solid fist of his first-ever enduro race.
Tye Simmonds‰Ûª year of firsts continues this weekend at Aratula, and despite virtually no bike time since Finke, the former motocross pro is quietly confident he'll make a solid fist of his first-ever enduro race.

The fact that he is currently ranked fifth in his very first AORC series suggests he‰Ûªs an incredibly quick learner.

‰ÛÏI'm not super prepared this time - we had a week off the bike after Finke, and since then I've just been that busy with things that I haven‰Ûªt been able to get on the bike." Simmonds said. "The body‰Ûªs feeling good though, and I'm definitely keen to go riding, that's for sure.

"That non-finish at Hedley set me back a few points but my goal is to just keep chipping away at knocking guys off one at a time. This format being you I will just try to be consistent and keep it on two wheels on both days and hopefully we can park it on the podium.

"That's the goal. It's been a really interesting year and we've still got a fair bit to go, so bring it on.‰Û

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