News 7 Jul 2014

Desert dominance continues for Price with Hattah victory

KTM Desert Racing Team rider adds Hattah to 2014 haul.

Image: Fourohfour.

Image: Fourohfour.

KTM Desert Racing Team rider Toby Price has backed up his win in the Finke Desert Race with victory in the second of Australia’s two big winter desert races, the KTM Hattah Desert Race.

Price won the race by almost two minutes over Josh Green, while his two KTM Desert Racing Team mates Louis Calvin (filling in for injured Ben Grabham) and Ivan Long continued the team’s spectacular start, finishing third and fourth overall.

“I’m stoked with the win, the KTM Desert Team worked really hard and well. Our only little bit of drama came at the end of lap three when we thought we were going to make two laps no worries, but I ran out of fuel with probably two kays to go,” Price said.

“I tipped the bike on its side to get more fuel in it and it got to about 50 metres off the line and I had to run it the rest. So it was a bit of a close call, but we came out on top so that’s what matters.

“Overall it was a good result for the whole team and I was stoked to see Louis get on the podium at his first desert race and Ivan did well also.”

The result also completed the second trifecta in as many weeks for KTM’s sublime 500 EXC after it last week dominated the opening round of the Desert Racing Tri-Series; the Kumarina 500.

Calvin’s podium was an eye-opening debut appearance for the WA motocross ace, recruited by Grabham as a last-minute substitute.

“It was good fun, tough all the way through, but I’m so happy with the result,” Calvin commented. “Starting off fifth was good, I was trying to figure out what the go was, the guys and everyone helping out were so good.

“Mid-race I was feeling pretty good and put a charge in and got up from fifth to third, and managed to maintain that. The 500 was awesome and I’d love to keep riding it, I’m so thankful for the opportunity the KTM Desert Racing Team gave me to have a go and hopefully there’s more to come.”

Rounding out the top five was Husaberg’s Jarrod Bewley on board the FE 450, while Husqvarna’s Glenn Kearney overcame a gastro-intestinal sickness to salvage an impressive sixth overall.

Fresh out of juniors, 450 class rookie Wayde Carter took third in E2 along with eighth outright on his KTM 450 EXC, while Nic Tomlinson powered his KTM 250 SXF to a big class win in E1.

Other KTM-mounted Hattah winners included Nathan Trigg ahead of Liam Clover in the Under 250cc two-stroke class, while KTM 300 EXC-mounted pair Harrison Norton and Tim Vandenberg were one and two in the Over 250 two-stroke class.

In the Ladies ranks Tayla Jones won her class by over eith minutes, then went on to complete the longer Men’s race distance to finish 35th outright.

2014 KTM Hattah Desert Race
Hattah, VIC

Overall results:
1. Toby Price
2. Josh Green
3. Louis Calvin
4. Ivan Long
5. Jarrod Bewley
6. Glenn Kearney
7. Nathan Trigg
8. Wayde Carter
9. Todd Smith
10. Broc Grabham

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