KTM ENDURO TEAM LIKE WHAT THEY SEE
After three days of partial isolation and trail-walking in the bush around Dungog, NSW, KTM’s Enduro Racing Team riders Toby Price and Peter Boyle have completed final preparations towards their 2014 A4DE assault.
The pair has used the last few days to get familiar with the event’s special test courses in the only legal way - on foot - and both are comfortable with the challenges that lie ahead.
In the midst of a stellar off-road racing year that has included a full calendar of both desert racing and off-road racing, Price has reinforced his position at the top in Australia, currently leading both the AORC and Desert Tri-Series Championships.
"With desert racing's jewel in the crown - the Finke Desert Race - already in his pocket, Price now turns his attention to enduro racing's equivalent; the four-day.
Riding a KTM 450 EXC less than two hours from his home in Maitland, Price will ride in the ultra-competitive E2 class, though of course his goal is a fourth A4DE outright victory.
In a similarly competitive E1 class, KTM team mate Peter Boyle will do battle on his nimble KTM 250 EXC-F, hoping to achieve a national championship win in the quarter-litre class, and make a significant impact on the outright scoreboard.
The 4-day action begins tomorrow with the Prologue, before the four competition days running from Wednesday until Saturday.
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KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager Brad Williscroft: “The boys are all pumped and ready to go. They’ve been down testing for a couple of days last week and we had a good run and Kyogle recently, which is positive. We’ve also found a couple of little things in testing to make them feel a bit better again. I know the area, and I think they’re going to have a ball up there. There's a few grass tracks that they should go pretty good in, but if it is like Dungog which isn't too far away from there, it's a good mix of rainforest down in the gullies and dry up on top of the hills. The four-day is the big one, it's the premier of road event that brings everyone together and it's a good battle of man and machine over four days. You have to get the bike through as well, so it's a good test. I'm confident with what we've got, all the boys have done it before, and we're looking forward to it.”
Toby Price – KTM 450 EXC. “The location here is good, it’s certainly going to be dry and dusty conditions, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and having a crack. I didn’t get to ride the last one - I was a spectator with a back injury! I’m just hoping to have a good 4-day, and see if we can get in class win, and hopefully that ends up being an outright win, but we'll see, it's a long time to be out there on the bike, and it gets tiring and mentally testing. Only the final day will tell.”
Peter Boyle – KTM 250 EXC-F “After walking all the tracks and seeing how open they are, they’re all looking pretty good. It's nice and grippy, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it a bash. I'm sure my 250 will be competitive against the others in the class, but I think the 450s might have an edge on us in the outright standings because it's pretty open, but I will have the little 250 revving!
It's pretty good here, it's got nice rolling hills, paddocks and bush sections, so it should be a pretty exciting four-day. It’s sort of the middle of nowhere, but it's a pretty cool spot and we just wake up and get straight on the bikes, so that’s even better.”