News 17 Apr 2014

KTM's Price entering Boyland AORC under injury cloud

Multiple-time Australian champion not yet fully recovered.

Image: Adam Riemann.

Image: Adam Riemann.

KTM Enduro Racing Team rider Toby Price will enter this weekend’s third and fourth rounds of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship in Boyland, Queensland, not yet 100 percent after a bruising opening weekend.

Price won round one before exiting the second when he made impact with a tree, sustaining injuries to his arm, leg and hip in the incident. He only just returned to riding this week in preparation for Boyland.

“Things are good with me and I’m ready to go,” Price declared. “The body is still not feeling quite 100 percent, but we’ll push through it. I rode Tuesday and today and things are a bit sore, but we’ll do what we can and try to get a decent result to keep in the hunt for the title. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep pushing forward.”

Team manager Brad Williscroft is hopeful Price will rise to the occasion in a bid to score vital championship points for the weekend.

“Toby won’t be quite at his best this weekend,” Williscroft said. “He hasn’t really ridden that much to give his injuries time to recover, so the main thing for him now is to get good points. “He’ll do what he can, and if he feels like he can win, then he will take that for sure, but he won’t risk too much.

On the opposite side of the KTM awning, Peter Boyle was also in sublime form on his KTM 250 EXC-F, leaving Bulahdelah with a share of the E1 championship lead after a win and a second from two rounds.

This weekend’s third and fourth round in Queensland sees a return to enduro format in hilly terrain near Mount Tamborine, not far from the Gold Coast.