PHILLIPS AND BOYLE JOIN MOTOREX KTM OFF ROAD TEAM
The most consistently successful off-road racing team of recent years, Motorex KTM Off-Road announces that Matt Phillips and Peter Boyle will join Toby Price in the squad for season 2014.
The team, which is again managed by seven-time Aussie champion Brad Williscroft, will target the brand new KTM Australian Enduro-x Nationals series, the Australian Off-Road Championships and the Australian 4-Day Enduro championship, as well as Hattah and Finke desert races.
Phillips, who this year won the World Junior (Under 23) Enduro Championship at his first attempt and will contest next year’s World Championship with the high-profile Farioli KTM team, is fortunate to be able to attend almost all the Aussie team’s target events as well.
Boyle, one of the most versatile and skilled riders racing in Australia, competed at national level across enduro, cross country, enduro cross, desert and even motocross in 2013, and is excited about the prospect of joining the Motorex KTM lineup.
Motorex KTM ORT Manager Brad Williscroft: “It’s a very exciting lineup for us for 2014. Toby’s accident was a big setback for him and the team, but he’s back and healthy and we hope he can surpass his 2013 peak and prove the time away has only increased his motivation and love of the sport even more.
Matt, well everyone knows how talented he is, he can do anything. It’s worked out really well that he’s signed with the Farioli KTM team in Europe and we're going to have him back for a number of AORC events, the Four-Day and maybe Hattah.
Peter has been around a few years now and he’s very talented and in my eyes has never really been given the opportunity to prove just how talented. The new Enduro-X series is one of our points of focus this year, and he's great in that discipline as well as in the faster races like Hattah. With more guidance and support from the team we hope he will really shine this year.
Toby Price: “My goals for next year are simple - I just want to be back where I was. It's going to be a tough year because everyone has progressed heaps and I’ll need to catch up, but I need to win so I know I'm okay.
My recovery has been good, I’ve just got to put that behind me now and focus on the tasks ahead. Of those tasks Finke and Hattah are the ones I’m looking forward to the most. Those are the races that will give me a chance to race in America in 2015.
This year was a big let down on my behalf so I’m just keen to get back into racing and want to do well for myself and KTM, and to say thank you to all my sponsors for keeping their support in our team and in me.”
Peter Boyle: “I’m over the moon. I’m really grateful about the opportunity Wonka and KTM have given me to work with a great team and I’m really looking forward to next year. I hope I can really perform and bring some results to the table. The KTM250EXC-F feels awesome; it has great power and just handles really well and I’m feeling confident and comfortable on it already. I feel like I can get some results with it. I know both my new team mates well and get along awesome with them so there should be some good times to come.”
Matt Phillips: “I’m really excited to join the KTM family and I’m looking forward to working alongside Brad and the team that I always imagined I’d be a part of. I’m real excited at the opportunity to race overseas in the World Championships, then race with the guys here and hopefully share some of the things we’re doing in Europe with Brad and the guys. Best of all I’ll get to visit my friends and family during the season as well. I have 8 weekends of racing with the world championships and I haven’t finalised my timeline yet but it looks like I’ll get to almost every race the Motorex team has targeted including Hattah and some of the other desert races that it can offer."