Toby Price dominates in the desert
August 15, 2016
Triton Ambassador Toby Price has shown that you can do it all! He's tackled the Finke Ironman Challenge by competing in both the bike and Truck categories. Not only did Toby finish but he retained his ‘King of the desert’ title by winning on his bike and placing 2nd in his truck. A feat never before achieved in the history of the race.
The Finke Desert Race is located in the Red Centre of Australia, Alice Springs. The event is now labelled as one of the largest off-road events in Australia and is run over a 3 day period covering 480km of some of the toughest and high speed terrain on earth. The event attracts close to 20,000 spectators which line the track to witness their favourite rider, driver, family member or friend tear up the course!
The running of the 2016 Finke Desert Race Toby attempted the Finke double, competing in both Truck and Motorcycle categories. The Finke double has quite a large logistical feat which needs to be overcome to ensure the running runs smoothly. Two Helicopters, two light aircraft planes, one KTM Factory Motorcycle, one purpose built Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck, two photographers and a film crew are all important tools to make the Finke Double a success.
In the attempt to complete the Finke Double the truck in which Toby was competing in got stuck in Melbourne customs while attempting to arrive from California. The truck was held for 3 days until finally released, soon after arriving in Alice Springs on Friday, 1 day prior to the running of the Finke Desert Race. It was nervous times! Toby had the opportunity to test the Geiser built Trophy Truck on Friday morning alongside his co-drive Kyle Pfitzner. Unfortunately, the test day would take a turn for the worse as the truck suffered a malfunction on the rear right side of the truck sending Toby and Kyle rolling down the track several times and destroying most of the truck.
"The guys got it fixed up Friday night and it was up to qualifying. But it wasn't the best run because I didn't have much time in it and didn't know what to expect."
Day 1 saw Toby finish 5th in the Truck Category, reaching the checkpoint at 01:51:30, quickly flying back to the start line to take on the bike leg. Price was then the first to the checkpoint of the Finke Bike Category, with a time of 01:53:19.
Day 2 saw Toby finish with a time of 01:54:09 in the Truck Category, making his overall time 03:45:40 and finishing in 2nd place alongside in-truck navigator Kyle Pfitzner, only trailing Glen Owen in 1st by 00:08:20.
Toby claimed 1st place on his KTM 500 EXC Bike with a time of 01:53:35 on Day 2, rounding his overall time to 03:46:55.
Price has previously won the Finke Desert Race 4 times, and his fifth win now sees him tie with motorcycle category record holder Randall Gregory for most Finke Titles won.
Maybe more impressive is the fact that all of these wins have come in succession since Toby’s debut attack on the Finke in 2010.
Toby will now set his focus on rally practice in Barocca for the 2017 Dakar Rally.