In a record-breaking season, KTM Enduro Racing Team rider Toby Price has become the first rider to win a fourth career AORC title, as the Australian Off-Road Championship concluded this weekend at Heathcote in Central Victoria.
Riding a KTM 450 EXC, Price took a 28-point lead into the double-header final and put the issue to bed on Saturday with an unlikely win that aptly illustrated just why he is one of Australia's most respected off-road racers all time.
Price recovered from a poor start to slowly pick his way through the dust and the traffic, eventually breaching a 30-second gap to leader Activate Yamaha's Beau Ralston and wresting the lead away with just two laps to go.
With the number one plate securely in his keeping Price finished second on Sunday behind CDR Yamaha's Daniel Milner and ahead of Ralston, to cap off an incredible year which has seen him contest both desert and off-road racing calendars, finishing second in the KTM Enduro-X series and A4DE, and winning at Hattah, Finke, in the WA Desert Tri-Series, and now, in the AORC as well.
‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs awesome! This year has just flown by that quick, and before we know it, we've done everything." Price commented. "I'm over the moon, the whole KTM team has worked really well, and helped me achieve my goals that I had, which was to get back on the bike after the injury last year and try to win races again.
"I didn't think winning a championship would come again so soon, but that‰Ûªs what we strive for. I definitely wanted to win that one yesterday and get everything done and dusted. And it worked a treat.
"The 6-day is next, but I'll have a little bit of a break and let a few things heal up first. And then we‰Ûªll be good to go.‰Û