News 17 Aug 2009

AORC: Price moves into contention for Kawasaki after two wins


In an awesome display of speed, fitness and talent, MSC Kawasaki rider Toby Price has won the 7th and 8th rounds outright of the 2009 Australian Off Road Championships at Warwick, QLD on 15-16 August.

With people describing his performance throughout the two rounds as “an absolute joy to watch”, 22 year old Toby Price is proving that he may be a serious contender on not only a National level but also on the world stage in the near future. (Toby has already been named on the Australian ISDE team). Toby won not only his Pro E2 class but also the outright podium in both rounds at Warwick. His results are particularly noteworthy considering the field of International riders and successive World Champions that Toby had to beat to win the two rounds. Toby’s outstanding results at the Australian Off Road Championships put him within 5 points of the overall Championship lead heading into the final two rounds of the series.

Toby says, “It was a great weekend and I don’t think I could’ve done it any better.”

“The KX450F worked awesome and I was able to keep the rubber side down throughout the weekend which is always a plus. I’ve been doing a lot more training lately and a heap of riding. I’ve been filling the KX450F up with a full tank of fuel and just riding until it stops. All the extra effort is really paying off, it’s great. I’d like to give a big thanks to all at MSC Kawasaki for their support and encouragement. I’m looking forward to the final rounds at Young where I can hopefully have another good weekend and bring home the Title.”

While Toby was setting blisteringly fast times at Warwick on board his KX450F to take the wins, younger team rider Josh Green overcame a troubled seventh round to take 4th in his Pro E1 class in the eighth round and 7th place outright for the round. Josh looked set to take 4th place in his class in the seventh round until a rock bent the rear sprocket on his KX250F in the final heat resulting in a DNF. A determined Josh Green came back strong in Sunday’s eighth round to take 4th in class. Josh currently sits in 3rd place in the Pro E1 class heading into the final rounds.

MSC Kawasaki’s Vaughan Cumming says, “We’re over the moon! We’re very proud of both Toby and Josh and take pride in the fact that both boys showed integrity throughout the two rounds by following the track to the tee. Toby is steadily proving that he is not just a National talent but a rider who could hold his own on an International level as well.”

“Josh had bad luck in the seventh round with a rock bending his sprocket and affecting his results but he did very well to come back strong on Sunday with 4th place in an extremely competitive field. We’re all really looking forward to the final two rounds.”

MSC Kawasaki has nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain heading into the final two rounds of the competition. Toby Price will be riding for his first Australian Off Road Championship and Josh Green will be fighting for a podium finish in his class at the 9th and 10th rounds of the 2009 series at Young, NSW on 12-13 September.