Desert Racing

Toby Price Tops 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race Prologue By 8 Seconds

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KTM rider Toby Price has proven yet again to be the class of the bike field for the 40th running of the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

Price aboard his #1 KTM 500 EXC annihilated the opposition with a lap time of 5 minutes and 5 seconds around the 8.3 kilometre prologue track.

His dominance was such that his time was a massive 8 seconds faster than second placed qualifier David Walsh from Alice Springs, on the #2 Honda CRF450R who stopped the clock at 5 minutes 13 seconds.

Price who is a three time Finke Desert winner placed third earlier this year in his inaugural Dakar event. Today‰Ûªs stunning performance by Price was achieved despite the fact that the rider had suffered an injury earlier this week in pre running that saw him limping heavily before the start of today‰Ûªs prologue lap.

The third fastest prologue time was 5 minutes 15 seconds set by Wayde Carter on the #14 KTM450EXC. Last year was Carter‰Ûªs first attempt at Finke and the then 17 year old prologued 14th and finished 21st outright.

Tomorrow‰Ûªs race for bikes commences at 11.30 am for leg 1 of the event that takes the field 226 kilometres from the Alice Springs start to the overnight stop at Finke before returning to Alice Springs on Monday June 8.

Top 20 Outright Results:
1. PRICE, TOBY- KTM KTM500EXC 00:05:05
2. WALSH, DAVID - HONDA CRF450R 00:05:13
3. CARTER, WAYDE- KTM 450EXC 00:05:15
4. GREEN, JOSHUA- YZF450 00:05:17
5. SMITH, JACOB- HONDA CRF450R 2015 00:05:17
6. LONG, IVAN- KTM 500EXC 00:05:18
7. DOOLEY-MCDONNELL, JACK- OTHER 450 00:05:19
8. AURICHT, CALE- HONDA CRF450R 00:05:19
9. SIMMONDS, TYE- KTM 500EXC 00:05:20
10. RALSTON, BEAU- YAMAHA YZF450 00:05:22
11. EWIN, JARED- KTM 500 EXC 00:05:24
12. HADDRILL, JAKE- YAMAHA YZF 450 00:05:28
13. TRIGG, NATHAN- KTM450SXF 00:05:33
14. DAVIE, SAM- HONDA CRF450 00:05:39
15. SUMMERS, LACHLAN- KTM 500EXC 00:05:39
16. COSSENS, RYAN- HONDA CRF450 00:05:42
17. TURNER, WILLIAM - HONDA CRF 450 00:05:50
18. SLADEK, MARK- HUSQVARNA TBA 00:05:51
19. CURNOW, SAM- KTM 450 SXF 00:05:53
20. FAGGOTTER, RODNEY- YAMAHA YZ450F 00:05:53

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Top Image: Toby Price tops 2015 Finke Prolouge

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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