KTM’S PRICE SECOND OUTRIGHT AT A4DE
KTM enduro racing team riders Toby Price and Peter Boyle both gave it plenty and both came away with Australian enduro championship podium finishes as the A4DE wound up at Dungog, NSW, yesterday.
Price enjoyed a Herculean struggle with defending A4DE Champion Daniel Milner, winning his fair share of special tests, but ultimately a slow start to the event for Price saw the two-time champion yield time to Milner over Days One and Two on the way to second Outright.
The early deficit proved to be a perfect illustration of the competitiveness between the two as Price pushed right to the limit on Day Three, winning five special tests on his KTM 450 EXC and pulling back significant time on Milner, but a crash in the final test saw him drop 13 seconds, and he could only finish the day on the same second.
Price led Milner home in the final moto, but fell 25 seconds short of a career third A4DE outright win.
KTM 250 EXC-F-mounted Peter Boyle leapt from the blocks on Day One to lead the E1 class, ultimately finishing second in the category behind Tom McCormack, with Mike Brown third.
Tayla Jones finished with her best-ever A4DE result, taking second in the Women’s category behind Jess Gardner and ahead of Emelie Karlsson.
KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager Brad Williscroft: “The boys tried hard the whole week, and it was a good result, but it wasn't the result we hoped for.
Toby early on was just a little bit off and he wasn't riding as well as he knows he can and we found ourselves behind. The next day he pushed harder and moved from fourth to second outright, but Milner had a good day as well. On Day Three he pushed really hard and gained back almost 15 seconds, but lost all that hard work in the last test when he had a fall. That left him with 29 seconds to make up in the final Moto, and that's a pretty big ask against a rider like Milner.
Pete started the event really good and as the event went on he thought he was riding well, but the pace was high up front. The bikes ran really smooth, the team and the boys did an awesome job and all our helpers at the controls were great so thanks to everybody.
We’ll focus now on our lead in the AORC and hopefully we can wrap up that championship in three weeks.”
Toby Price – KTM 450 EXC. “The week went fairly good, I wasn't too switched on in the first couple of days and it's just unfortunate that I couldn't claw it back. But that’s part of racing, you’ve got to take the good with the bad, and the bad wasn’t so bad… On the third day I tried to do the best I could and I had about a 13-second lead for the day, and unfortunately I had a crash in the last test that gave all that time back and things were a bit too tight to do that. Over the four days of racing we had roughly 29 or 30 tests so the difference probably averages out at about a half a second per test, so it was pretty close. But other than the dust the trails were pretty sick and the KTM 450 EXC did a great job. And any day you’re out riding around on your bike is a good day. Obviously it's disappointing not to get KTM and the boys up on the top step, but we'll just try and make it up somewhere else.”
Peter Boyle – KTM 250 EXC-F. “The week went pretty well, I made a few mistakes in some of the tests out there so I lost a bit of time but second is a decent result and I’m fairly happy. Tom was riding great the whole week and I couldn’t put it to him.
The KTM 250 was awesome around here through the rocky stuff and on the trail, but in the outright standings all of the 250s were at a bit of a disadvantage compared to the 450s.
It was an awesome four-day to be a part of. It’s an awesome layout in this resort area, where you pretty much wake up, walk down to the bike, get on and ride. Toby snagged up the double bed and left me the single which was a bit of a bugger but other than that it was one of the best four-days I’ve ridden!”
Tayla Jones – KTM 350 –SX-F. “I picked up the ‘flu two days before the event which made me be a bit tired but it wasn't too bad. I started the week pretty good, winning the first day. But then I had a few mistakes on Day Two which cost a bit of time I guess. It was good fun, good battles the whole week. A got the holeshot in the final motocross and led from start to finish and built a pretty big gap over the rest of the field which was pretty awesome. I went into the final 48 seconds behind Jess, and I pulled 22 seconds I think, but I needed more. This is the first time I’ve ever made the podium at a four-day. I was on the KTM 350 SX-F, which was awesome all week, perfect for all the hills and trails here.”