Bike king Price storms to record sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Australian falls just short in car double quest after excelling in second place.

Rally raid bike king Toby Price stormed to a record sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title in Alice Springs as he finished 10 minutes clear of David Walsh in second.

The Australian was a class above on two wheels and was running second on four wheels too before a mechanical failure ended his car category attempt too. Here is all you need to know:

– 2016 Dakar Rally champion Price clinched his record sixth win on home soil despite falling off his bike with 100km still left to race.

– He crossed the line in one hour 57 minutes and 39.5 seconds with local hero Walsh next in and 22-year-old Jack Simpson making up the podium in his rookie year.

– Price, 30, said: “David made it pretty hard for us and we definitely had to push on the way home. I’ve got a sore neck, but we’re happy. I love coming back to Finke and playing in the red dirt, it’s always a good time.”

– The Red Bull Factory KTM man was not so lucky in the car race where Shannon and Ian Rentsch also notched a record-breaking sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title.

– Price was second in pursuit of an Iron Man double, only for a mechanical failure to end his and navigator Jason Duncan’s race between Mt Squires and Bundooma.

– He revealed: “Unfortunately we blew a power steering pump. I’m a pretty big guy, but it would have wrecked my bike race if I had tried to wheel the truck back.”

– Former winner David Fellows was second with Gregory Rhodes/Mark Bergamin, while Jack Rhodes and David Pullino came third in Australia’s toughest off-road race.

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