KTM factory rider Toby Price has ridden further into the deep history of the Finke Desert Race by winning this year‰Ûªs event, giving him a total of five wins in the Central Australian classic off-road event.
The victory by Price sees him equal the record number of wins achieved by former Alice Springs rider Randall Gregory.
The win was even more remarkable given that Price had chosen to add to the degree of difficulty by also competing in the 4-wheel division driving a Trophy Truck and coming home in second positon outright and first in his class
before tackling Day 2 of the bike competition.
Aboard the #1 KTM 500 EXC, Price completed the 2 day distance of 452 kilometres in a total time of 3 hours 46 minutes and 55 seconds. Last year‰Ûªs (2015) total time for Price was 3 hours 52 minutes and 54 seconds making his ride this year even more meritorious.
The four previous victories achieved by Price were in 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010.
In second positon for the second consecutive year was Tye Simmonds competing on the #2 KTM 500 EXC. Completing the KTM trifecta, Alice Springs rider David Walsh on the #299 KTM 500 EXC took 3 hours
52 minutes and 11 seconds for the journey to round out the podium.
First Honda home was ridden by Alice Springs competitor Daymon Stokie aboard his X99 Honda CRF 450R placing fourth, with Active8 Yamaha's Beau Ralston coming home in fifth.
Price added a third winners trophy to his collection for the weekend by also winning the 451cc and above four stroke class again sharing the podium with his two KTM team-mates.
Nathan Trigg took the line honours in the 251cc and above two stroke class, taking a comfortable win by just under 40 minutes ahead of Billy Barry with Russell Benjamin in third.
Cody Ryan opened up his lead from day one in the the small bore two stroke class for bikes under 250cc, winning ahead of Dalton Byrne and Daniel Kennedy.
Jack Simpson comleted his first trip to Finke by winning the 250cc Four-stroke class and finished 11th outright, leading home Mark Grove and Jerakye Andrews for the class win.
In the Veteran classes, it was Mark Sladek who took the win in the 35-39yr class from Rodney Faggotter and Anthony Fanlan. Brandon Kienhuis edged out Andrew Gillam by less than a minute to win the 40-44yr class with Tony Hardnman in third, while Tam Paul held on for the win in the over 45yr class, winning ahead of Jami Harrison and Ian Butler.
Marc De Vries won the four wheeled ATV battle ahead of Cooper Van Vliet and Andrew jackson, with Eddie Tattingham leading home the Quads 40 years and over class.
For Full Results from the 2016 Tatts Finke Desert race CLICK HERE