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Sport Finke Desert Race: Champion rider Toby Price wins motorbikes title for the sixth time

20:08  11 june  2018
20:08  11 june  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X[12] and won the Finke Desert Race [13] and Hattah Desert Race [14] He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.[15].

Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X[12] and won the Finke Desert Race [13] and Hattah Desert Race [14] He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.[15].

Toby Price said the record-breaking title was sweeter than his previous wins.© Provided by ABC News Toby Price said the record-breaking title was sweeter than his previous wins.

Former Dakar champion Toby Price has been crowned king of the desert, after winning a record-breaking sixth Finke Desert Race motorbikes title.

More than 100 cars and 500 motorbikes raced from Alice Springs, along a rough dirt track to the small community of Apatula — formerly known as Finke — and back again over two days.

The champion rider finished the gruelling460-kilometre course in 03:55:25.1.

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It was a precision ride for Price, who recorded a time difference of only six seconds between his two days riding the course.

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Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X and won the Finke Desert Race and Hattah Desert Race He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.

In June, he won the Finke Desert race for the third time , followed by the Hattah Desert Race again in July. He competed in two of the three races , finishing sixth and eighth. Several days before the 2015 Finke Desert Race , a large stick penetrated Price 's boot while practising, breaking his right ankle and

He said the record-breaking title was sweeter than his previous wins.

"Fingers crossed the sixth stays there for a while, if I don't come back and do it on the bikes again, I don't want anyone beating that anytime soon," Price said.

However, the victory was bittersweet.

Price was attempting a double-win, in both the car and motorbike divisions, but was forced to forfeit the former when his trophy truck had a mechanical failure.

"It's a bummer, it would have been nice to try and go one-one with the thing," he said.

"It is what it is. Nothing really should be made to go at speeds like that across that terrain.

"It's understandable that things break and things happen."

Hospital staff in Alice Springs were kept busy, with almost forty people presenting to the hospital with injuries.

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Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X and won the Finke Desert Race and Hattah Desert Race He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.

In June, he won the Finke Desert race for the third time ,[21] followed by the Hattah Desert Race again in July.[22]. Proving pirates win desert races – KTM’s Toby Price on winning his fourth Finke Desert Race with a badly injured ankle.

Thirty-two competitors were injured and 14 spectators suffered minor injuries.

There were no life-threatening injuries, with the majority of the patients requiring treatment for joint dislocations and fractured arms or legs.

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The win in the cars division was a six-time victory as well for father-son duo Ian and Shannon Rentsch from Warnambool, who took the crown with a time of 03:36:37.3.

"It's unreal to win six, and it's really good this time to win start to finish," Shannon Rentsch said.

They said the conditions this year were particularly tough.

"This year was really dry and really dusty, so it was important to get a good prologue, the track was really rough," Shannon said.

"Each year it seems to get rougher."

The pair managed to hold onto the leading position throughout the entire race.

"To win from prologue, down to Finke and back, was incredible," Shannon said.

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Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X[12] and won the Finke Desert Race [13] and Hattah Desert Race [14] He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.[15].

2014 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) E3. 2014 Day In The Dirt. 2015 Finke Desert Race . Toby Price wins Dakar 2016 Stage Eight and takes outright lead ahead of Paulo Goncalves. Taking On the World's Toughest Enduro Race . |

'Finke fever will set in'

As for attempting the double-win again, Price said he would have to reassess before next year.

"Unfortunately that's two years in a row that we haven't made it in the truck," he said.

"It's getting harder and harder to try and stay in front of these boys. They're definitely putting a fight up and pushing hard.

"It's getting close to where I am really happy with the amount of wins on the bike."

But Price won't rule out another attempt to push his record up to seven.

"February will come around and Finke fever will set in, and we'll see what happens," he said.

As for the Rentschs, there's no question about whether they will be trekking to Central Australia for next year's race.

"We'll definitely be back next year," Ian Rentsch said.

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