-- Brown/Price 4th at Baja
Aussie Motorex KTM Off-Road Team rider Toby Price shook off a mid-week illness to bring his team home in fourth place in today’s 27th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, in Mexico.
KTM Racing Team riders Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez successfully defended their Baja 250 title, ahead of Honda pairing Weigand/Udall, with the Bell/Pearson/Hengeveld Kawasaki entry third.
Price rode a KTM 450SX-F with American KTM factory racer Mike Brown in the 254-mile desert race - the first of three SCORE races he’ll do for the official factory KTM squad this year on the famous Baja Peninsula.
The result was made all the more impressive by Price’s interrupted build up to the race, which saw the KTM racer miss a day of course pre-running when he fell inexplicably ill and was forced into hospital for tests. But he recovered quickly.
For Australia’s top off-road racer, the SCORE Baja series is a chance to further build his name outside of Australia, and alongside Brown he made a decent start to that goal.
Brown took the bike away from the start, out to Mile 148 where he handed over to Price in seventh place. The 25-year-old from Maitland, NSW then impressed many in the know, running down three riders over the final stage of the race to elevate the team to fourth place.
“The KTM team performed great today,” said Price, “working hard, taking the win and getting both bikes to the finish.
“I was happy with my performance today and the experience here, I did the best I could and brought it home safe and sound. It looks like I made time on the front guys too but we’re still not 100% sure on that. I’m hoping I did. I really want to be here racing and getting on that podium.”
Almost 250 bike and car entries including riders from 11 countries took part in the 254-mile race, which saw three full-stop checkpoints and 61 virtual checkpoints to help ensure the safety and the integrity of a challenging race course.
Provisional; results: 2013 San Felipe 250, Mexico
1. Caselli/Ramirez KTM
2. Weigand/Udall Honda
3. Bell/Pearson/Hengeveld Kawasaki
4. Brown/Price KTM
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