KTM CELEBRATES BACK-TO-BACK TRI-SERIES WINS
KTM’s brand new Desert Racing Team has made its inaugural year of operation a spectacularly successful one, adding the second annual Desert Tri-Series to its list of 2014 trophies that includes the prestigious Finke and Hattah Desert race titles.
Once again it was that man Toby Price who took the chequered flag on his KTM 500 EXC, winning the Indee 500 at Port Hedland to complete a perfect run in his maiden tri-series.
Price was unstoppable in the tricky conditions, winning Friday's prologue then going on to take a lead of more than a minute on Saturday, before topping the timesheets by a similar margin on Sunday. At every stage the man behind him was teammate Ivan Long, who took his third successive runner-up finish in what has been a very professional first year on the KTM team.
The win marks KTM’s second consecutive tri-series win, after KTM Desert racing team manager Ben Grabham won the inaugural series in 2013, and just like Grabbo, Price was able to secure the $20,000 bonus prize for winning all three rounds.
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Ben Grabham, Team Manager: “Obviously it was a pretty much perfect way to finish off the year. We've had the kind of year where you put in 100% and you get back the results that you aimed for. I'm sure Toby is smiling pretty big, he cleaned up and got 20 grand.
It is great to work with the kind of products that KTM provides. The KTM 500 EXC makes it pretty damn easy to do what we do. We put in 100%, but so do Toby and Ivan; they deserve every little bit of success they've had this season, and a big thanks to Louis for filling in for me. Even Mikey, he's done an amazing job with three bikes to look after, and we’ve had a dream year.”
Toby Price: “It all started well with a win in the Prologue, the first time I've done that this series. I didn't really want to start first but it came out that way. So the first day I pulled a bit of a gap, the run went pretty clean and pretty smooth. The track was rough to start with so that made it tough straight away, and on day two I had about a minute-45 lead, so that meant that Longy would have had to catch and pass me and pull a 45 second lead. Longy pulled in about 40 seconds but I still had the outright lead, and I was happy with that. I was on a good pace, comfortable. So I nailed down a second lap pretty much the same as the first, and started pulling a gap again. I can’t thank the KTM desert racing team enough, the guys worked hard and came away with the good result for both myself and Longy. I really enjoyed the Tri-Series, it's a bit of everything rolled into one, high-speed, rough, dusty, awesome countryside out in the middle of nowhere, and without this series I probably would never have come up here in my lifetime. Hopefully they've got it all happening again next year, and we’ll be back again next year.”
Ivan Long: “Another second place again, Indee definitely wasn't easy, there was about another 15 kays of track so it was a 135k loop and you ended up doing two laps. It was extremely rough, and pretty full on at dangerous speeds, so you just needed to make sure that you minimised all the mistakes. On both days I caught up to Toby a little bit on the first lap but then on the second fatigue would start to kick in and I would have to cruise around. So I put a little bit of pressure on Toby for a little bit, but wasn't quite enough there. I’ll have a pretty good off season now to work on a few things.”
Louis Calvin: “I did a little bit better in the Prologue on Friday. So I started fifth. Saturday I started good and moved to fourth by the first fuel stop, but then I missed a turn and got lost. I started Sunday in seventh and moved up one spot to sixth. The track was real gnarly and rough, so definitely one of the harder ones I've done but it was good fun! Being in the KTM Desert racing team has been awesome, I'd love to do some more if ever they've got a spot for me. It’s been a great experience.”
WA Desert Tri-Series results round three (Indee 500):
1 T.Price, 2 I.Long, 3 T.Smith, 4 D.Stokie, 5 A.Clay, 6 L.Calvin
WA Desert Tri-Series Championship Positions:
1. T.Price, 2. I.Long, 3. (eq.) T.Smith & J.Smith, 4. R.Faggotter, 5. B.Black
2014 Desert Racing Tri-Series:
27-29 June - Kumarina 500, (Newman Enduro Club)
25-27 July - Doorawarrah 500, (Desert Motorcycle Club)
22-24 August - Indee 500 (Port Hedland Motorcycle Club)
Pics: Nils Friedrich