Fearless Price sets ambition in motion

PRIMED: Maitland endurance rider Toby Price hopes to earn starts in the Baja races in Mexico. Picture: Peter Stoop
PRIMED: Maitland endurance rider Toby Price hopes to earn starts in the Baja races in Mexico. Picture: Peter Stoop

FINISHING second in the world over 1400 kilometres of gruelling off-road racing in six days would be enough to command anyone's attention and respect.

But Maitland endurance motorbike rider Toby Price is hoping the fact he did it carrying broken ribs for half the race counts for even more as he eyes a deal to ride the famed Baja events in Mexico next year.

The Aberglasslyn 25-year-old, who grew up in Hillston in western NSW, is waiting on confirmation of a deal which will give him starts in the Baja 250, 500 and 1000 races.

He is resting up after a stellar season in which he won the Melbourne Endurocross, Australian Off Road Championship, Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory, Hattah Desert Race in north-west Victoria and the E3 class at the national four-day titles.

One of the highlights, though, was a gutsy second place in the E3 class and 10th overall at the International Six-Day Enduro in Germany in September after he suffered a heavy crash halfway through the contest.

He said the performance had "definitely opened a lot of eyes" and he hoped it would "start something for me in the next few years".

"On the third day, I had a pretty big get-off," Price said.

"I hit a stump hidden in the grass, it kicked me off and I landed back on my bike or something.

"I broke two ribs and fractured a third, so it definitely wasn't very comfortable and easy to get through the event.

"But I just soldiered on, grit my teeth and kept going."

Price's brave effort, in which he wore a kidney belt to hold his ribs in place over the final days, helped the Australian finish second.

"It was definitely painful, but at the end of the day we got the best result Australia's had in a six-dayer, so it was worth it," he said.

He was selected in the Australian side after becoming the first rider to claim the national off-road title from the E3 class, which covers the most powerful and heaviest bikes.

And he earned a place this year on his KTM team's squad for the Baja 1000, where he was the spare rider.

While his focus for 2013 is on retaining his No. 1 plates, he is also hoping to gain a place as a fully fledged rider for the Baja trips.

"My goal is to win everything I go in, but I want to try and do really well at these Baja races and hopefully it can open some doors to racing in America for a full season. That's the main goal for 2014," he said.

"At the moment, the money's not the greatest over there, but that's mainly where the competition and more widely recognised races are."

Price's next assignment is a change of pace, the dirt-track Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree on January 19, before he starts testing and training for the 2013 endurance season.


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