KTM RIDERS HUNGRY FOR THE BREAKTHROUGH IN MELBOURNE
KTM Enduro Racing Team riders Toby Price and Peter Boyle are hungry to break through for the team's first overall win of 2014, and are intent on bringing the plan to fruition this Sunday at the final round of the KTM Enduro-X nationals at Melbourne's Calder Park raceway.
While the team’s champion riders have both shown an abundance of skill and won races across the two previous rounds of the series, neither has yet been able to convert a race win into a round win.
The pair has ramped up its efforts in the last week, visiting a number of tracks to sharpen the mojo to a scalpel edge, in order to attain the consistency required to master the many random factors in Enduro-X.
Price sits in second place in the championship, just 13 points behind series leader Chris Hollis, while Boyle is currently fourth, a further 19 points back.
Both are well aware that the consistency which has been the enemy so far could just as quickly become their ally, with the three-race format providing the potential for sudden changes in championship position by any of the top contenders.
KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager Brad Williscroft: “All the boys have been down in Melbourne this week practising and training together, and I'll meet them there Saturday. There are no major changes for us - the boys had plenty of speed last time out so a bit more practise can only help. It's all about the consistency across the three finals and eliminating the mistakes. We’re still in the hunt for the championship but anything can happen, one bad race and we could be in front. All we can do is make sure our guys go there and get the best results they can, and see where the cards fall.”
Toby Price KTM350SX-F 2nd Overall: “We've been into it a fair bit this week, ridden every day, with being able to get onto some tracks we can't normally get on we’re just been doing as much as we can while we’re on the road. I was already feeling pretty good in Sydney, so it's been good to get a lot of bike time and now we'll just see if we can bring home a win. Now I’ve spent a bit more time on the 350 I feel really good on it, and I’ve been trying a few new skills and brushing up on a few things. I know I can do a bit more with it now, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this third round pans out. I've had Mike Brown staying with me since Parramatta and been showing him as much of Australia as possible. He's been studying how to play didgeridoo on You Tube and he seems to be picking it up quite good so we might have to send him home with one!”
Peter Boyle KTM250EXC-F 4th Overall: “I've been doing a lot of riding this week, been out at Wildwood today and just riding a fair bit with Toby and Mike, and we've made some new tracks at my joint. I’ve focussed on getting a more saddle time under my belt, so I don't make the silly mistakes that have cost me podium finishes in the first two rounds. I really want to get up there, but each time there's been one race where I’ve let myself down so hopefully I can pull it all together for this one. Part of that is just being more used to riding it at higher intensity, that’s main thing I've been working on. Toby and Mike have been great to ride with, I've been able to watch them and what they do through some sections and then go and give it a go myself. We've all been together just trying this and trying that and having fun with Mike and showing him the Aussie experience. I think he's enjoyed himself being here.”
2014 KTM Australian Enduro-x Nationals Championship Points after 2 or 3 rounds:
1. Chris Hollis 138, 2. Toby Price 125, 3. Daniel Milner 112, 4. Peter Boyle 106, 5. Tom McCormack 92, 6. Mike Brown 58, 7. Beau Ralston 53, 8. Stefan Granquist 48, 9. Brodie Waugh 42, 10. Scott Keegan 37