Desert Racing

Toby Price Fastest To Finke

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Toby Price aboard his #1 KTM 500 EXC appears unstoppable in his quest for his fourth King of the Desert title following a dominating performance on Day 1 of this year‰Ûªs event.

Price covered the 226 kilometres in a remarkable time of 1 hour 54 minutes 45 seconds as compared to his winning Day 1 time last year of 1 hour 58 minutes 43 seconds.

While Price led all the way, a tussle for second and third into Finke saw the positions of David Walsh (#2 Class 5 Honda CRF450R), Joshua Green (#4 Class 5 Yamaha YZF450), Tye Simmonds (#299 Class KTM 500 EXC) and Ivan Long (#3 Class 2 KTM 500 EXC) change several times.

At Deep Well 68 kilometres from the start the order was Price, Walsh, Green, Simmonds, and Long in sixth.

At Rodinga (98 kilometres from the start) the order was Price, Green, Walsh, Simmonds and Long again in sixth.

At Bundooma (140 kilometres from the start) it was Price, Walsh, Simmonds, Green, and Long sixth.

By Mount Squires (172 kilometres from the start) the positions were Price, Walsh, Simmonds, Green, with Long into fifth.

At Finke the second and third positions were finally settled with Walsh in second, Long in third, Simmonds fourth, and Greene fifth.Walsh‰Ûªs time was 1 hour 59 minutes 30 seconds with Long completing the journey in 2 hours and 31 seconds just 4 seconds ahead of Green.

Among the non-finishers today was Alice Springs rider Caleb Auricht (#10 Class 5 Honda CRF450R) who crashed just after the Alice Springs start suffering a suspected broken leg and also the third fastest qualifier from yesterday's prolouge in Wayde Carter.

Yamaha's Tayla Jones in her bid to be the first female rider to claim a class podium finish finished a superb 29th outright into Finke and 2nd in the up to 250F class, 9 minutes behind class leader Mark Grove.

Day 1 Results - Alice - Finke
1. PRICE, TOBY - KTM KTM500EXC 01:54:45
2. WALSH, DAVID - HONDA CRF450R 01:59:30
3. LONG, IVAN - 02:00:31
4. SIMMONDS, TYE - KTM 500EXC 02:00:35
5. GREEN, JOSHUA - YAMAHA YZF450 02:01:21
6. SMITH, JACOB - 02:03:09
7. EWIN, JARED - 02:06:15
8. DOOLEY-MCDONNELL - OTHER 450 02:06:49
9. COSSENS, RYAN - HONDA CRF450 02:07:30
10. RALSTON, BEAU - YAMAHA YZF450 02:07:37
11. DAVIE, SAM - HONDA CRF450 02:13:05
12. SUMMERS, LACHLAN - KTM 500EXC 02:14:18
13. TRIGG, NATHAN - 02:16:36
14. UDALL, COLTON - HONDA CRF450X 02:18:13
15. TURNER, WILLIAM - HONDA CRF 450 02:22:48
16. SLADEK, MARK - HUSQVARNA TBA 02:23:21
17. FAGGOTTER, RODNEY - YAMAHA YZ450F 02:23:32
18. ARMSTEAD, KENNY - KTM SX-F 450CC 02:23:44
19. SUMMERS, STEPHEN - KAWASAKI KXF 450 02:24:48
20. MARR, TOM - KTM 450 SXF 02:26:02

For full outright day 1 results from Alice to Finke Click Here

Top Image: Toby Price was the fastest to Finke in 2015 by nearly 5 minutes

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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