Other KTM class winners included Veterans 45 Years and Over champion Jamie Harrison, who led another KTM trifecta comprising Neil Doyle and Adam O'Connor.
In the Masters 35 to 39 Years, Michael Burgess triumphed over Anthony Hanlan and Simon Drew.
The KTM Managment team put a huge effort into the Finke each and every year and while delighted as usual with the Orange brands results and team effort they still felt for David Walsh and the one that got away.
‰ÛÏWe had a very strong preparation, as we always do, and didn‰Ûªt compromise anywhere," Jeff Leisk, KTM General Manager, explained. "We certainly thought we had all our bases covered, and the configuration of our bike was proven many times over prior to the event.
"Until we pull the bike down we won‰Ûªt know what happened, but from a personal perspective, I just feel for David. He really prepared and committed himself in the most outstanding way for the event, and I feel more for him than any of us. We just have to stick together as a team and come back stronger next time, that‰Ûªs all we can do.
"At the end of the day, they‰Ûªre all home safe and sound, and that gives us a platform for the next one. Luke stepped into some other shoes here and took on the responsibility when Toby couldn‰Ûªt compete, and to put the bike on the podium was outstanding.
"Finke is a huge endeavour for KTM. There‰Ûªs probably 40 or so people on the race weekend, but Glenn Kearney and the techs put in so much grunt work beforehand when there‰Ûªs no-one around, no fanfare. They‰Ûªre just out in the desert testing for the race. We have a lot of people volunteer their time to help our team too, manning fuel stops and providing support and camaraderie. A big hats-off to them because we just couldn‰Ûªt do it without them either, they‰Ûªre all part of our team," Leisk concluded.