News 6 Jul 2010

Off-Road: Price leads KTM dominance at Hattah Desert Race

Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing Team rider Toby Price has continued his brilliant run of form in the 2010 season, adding last weekend’s Hattah Desert Race in Victoria to his haul of victories claimed this year.

Price rode his KTM 450 SX-F to victory Outright in an all-KTM podium, backed up by teammate Ben Grabham and veteran team manager Brad Williscroft in the Outright results tally.

The Hattah Desert Race is a four-hour cross country race consisting of a 35-kilometre track, where the riders have to complete eight laps to finish.

“I got off to a pretty good start, but not knowing the track in my first lap was hard,” said Price. “I missed a few corners on the first lap and had some battles with Warren Smart, where he would catch me and then I would pull away, but then I think he ran out of petrol, so once he was out of the picture, I was just focused on holding my lead, and making sure the bike got home all the way to the finish line.

“This was my first time at Hattah, so I’m obviously stoked to take a win for myself and another win for KTM. I am really liking desert racing. There is high speed in off-road enduro style racing between the trees, but it doesn’t compare to Hattah and its big straights, and then Finke which I also recently won, is completely different again. To get a good result at Finke and to now win Hattah is an awesome feeling.

“I’m in a good place right now with such great results, and hopefully they will continue.”

Teammate Ben Grabham finished first in the Over 450cc class and second Outright to Price, satisfied with his performance over the weekend on the KTM 570 EXC.

“I’m stoked to be on the podium with all my Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing Team mates,” said Grabham. “My second place was a tough slog but an enjoyable one. I had a really good run starting in fourth position, moving into 3rd quickly. Then two other riders had mishaps, and I was in 2nd, with a trouble free run to the finish.

“I knew I couldn’t close on Toby once he had a gap, so I just concentrated on having a clean ride. The bike handled the conditions really well and it was reliable throughout the entire race. After not finishing Finke with mechanical challenges, it was satisfying to ride home across the finish line at Hattah and also get on the podium.”

Rounding out the Outright podium was team manager Brad Williscroft on the 530 EXC, also taking out the Vets category.

“We arrived in Mildura early and did a couple of days of testing before the event to get familiar with the terrain,” said Williscroft. “Prologue went really well for the Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing Team with all riders in the top ten. For my own racing in the main event, I started in ninth and then quickly got into seventh.

“After the first fuel stop I started to pick the pace up a bit, and get a good flow going. I managed to get into fourth place, and then I had a rear wheel problem, and had to pit and change my wheel, pushing me back a few positions.

“The little rest I had did me the world of good, I just charged for the last four laps, and was able to pass the riders back, and was in third position in no time. That’s where I stayed behind front runners Toby Price and Ben Grabham.

“To get third in such a big event is an awesome feeling for myself, and to have the entire Motorex KTM Off-Road Racing Team take out the top four positions is a dream result, considering there was 400 high calibre riders entered in this year’s event.

“From a race team manager perspective, I couldn’t be happier with the boys, they have put in a huge effort before the race to be well prepared. Everyone was focused and ready for the job at hand. Each of them should be very proud of their results.”

Fourth place was fourth KTM team member Jarrod Bewley, who was second in the 450cc category.