With the frenzied, cut and thrust of Enduro‰ÛÒX behind them, KTM Enduro Racing Team riders Toby Price and Peter Boyle return to their core business of off-road racing this weekend at the AORC opener at Bulahdelah.
The Australian Off-Road Championships is a seven-month, 12-round, test of man and machine stretching across four states, and contested by the cream of Australia‰Ûªs enduro and off-road racing talent to determine the best all-round racers in three categories.
Toby Price holds a legitimate place in Aussie bike racing folklore, both for his domination of all forms of off-road racing and more recently for his determined recovery from a major spinal injury suffered early last year.
Early-season racing, including a win in the Transmoto 12-Hour alongside team manager Brad Williscroft last weekend, has shown the irrepressible Maitlander is well back on the pace. The KTM 450 EXC rider expects nothing less than to be in contention for the AORC Overall crown at the back end of the season.
‰ÛÏIt's been a good week leading up for us, we did the 12 hour last weekend, a little testing and some photos and I'm coming in feeling pretty good with the body and the fitness, so we'll wait and see how it all pans out." Price commented. "The sprint format should be fun so we'll just go out there and try to lay down fast laps and see where that puts us at the end of the day.
"I'll be riding the KTM 450 EXC in the AORC series and the last time I rode the 450 back in 2010 was one of my best years, so I hope to kick that off again. It won't be as easy this time, but I'll just try to be smooth and consistent for the series and see what results that brings us."