FINKE DESERT RACE DAY 1

Feature Finke Desert Race 2016

As if we could doubt him. After Toby Price managed to bring his car into Finke in fifth place he then flew back to the start line and proceeded to blow everyone away on his KTM carding a brilliant time of 01:53:19. TP was followed into Finke by his teammates Tye Simmonds (01:55:53) and David Walsh (01:57:07)  with Simmo and Walsh set to have a epic battle back to Finke tomorrow.

Honda’s Daymon Stokie backed up his excellent prologue with a good run down and tops his class (01:57:25) making it two local riders in the top five. Ivan Long (02:00:53) has a fight on his hands with Jacob Smith (02:01:26) breathing down his neck and Yamaha’s Beau Ralston (02:04:24) there to take advantage of any mistakes.

Another ride worth noting was that of Jack Simpson who brought his KTM250SX into Finke in 12th place (02:14:52) which is an epic effort against the 450 and 500s ahead of him. Nathan Trigg also showed yet again how fast he is on a two-stroke with a 13th place finish (02:15:30). We wouldn’t be surprised to see both those riders climb further up the finishers list and both will almost certainly take class wins.

It’s hard to describe what the top ten look like as they blast passed you on the track. Toby doesn’t jump every hill, preferring to stay grounded and keeping the power to the ground. The Honda boys can certainly fly whenever there’s a rise big enough.But they all keep the bike’s pinned over terrain that the average bloke struggles struggles to build up any sort of speed on. This race is like no other and tomorrow might be one of its more epic days in 41 years.

All photos: Damien Ashenhurst
1 2 1 PRICE, TOBY ABERGLASSLYN, NSW KTM 500 EXC 01:53:19
2 2 2 SIMMONDS, TYE BOURKE, NSW KTM 500 EXC 01:55:53
3 2 299 WALSH, DAVID ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 500 EXC 01:57:07
4 5 X99 STOKIE, DAYMON ALICE SPRINGS, NT HONDA CRF 450R 01:57:25
5 2 6 LONG, IVAN MURRAY BRIDGE, SA KTM 500 EXC 02:00:53
6 5 4 SMITH, JACOB CONDOBOLIN, NSW HONDA CRF 450R 02:01:26
7 5 7 RALSTON, BEAU KURRI KURRI, NSW YAMAHA YZF 450 02:04:24
8 5 X85 SMITH, TODD CONDOBLIN, NSW HONDA CRF 450 02:08:38
9 2 295 HAYES, LUKE ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 500 EXC 02:09:14
10 5 10 COSSENS, RYAN NUMURKAH, VIC HONDA CRF 450R 02:11:54
11 5 X96 AURICHT, CALEB ALICE SPRINGS, NT HONDA CRF 450R 02:13:39
12 4 473 SIMPSON, JACK CRANBOURNE, VIC KTM SFX 250 02:14:52
13 1 11 TRIGG, NATHAN GLENELG, SA KTM 300 EXC 02:15:30
14 2 255 COLLINS, KENT MT GAMBIER, SA KTM 500 EXC 02:16:24
15 4 499 TURNER, NICHOLAS ALICE SPRINGS, NT YAMAHA YZ 250F 02:22:58
16 2 250 LANE, RICKY MT ISA, QLD HUSABERG FE501 02:24:06
17 5 592 SMITH, JAKE KALGOORLIE, WA HONDA CRF 450R 02:24:22
18 7 747 KIENHUIS, BRANDON PLENTY, VIC HUSQVARNA FC 450 02:24:56
19 4 20 GROVE, MARK BACCHUS MARSH, VIC HONDA CRF 250 02:25:49
20 5 X79 ARMSTEAD, ROBERT ALICE SPRINGS, NT KTM 450 SXF 02:26:28

 

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Managing Editor of DIRT ACTION magazine. Damo doesn't like cheese or ISIS. Can often be found riding in mud because it's closest to the natural environment of a squid.