Five-time King of the Desert, Toby Price (#295 - KTM 500 EXC-F), has set the fastest lap time on the 8.3km Prologue track today putting him on course for a record-breaking sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title.
The 2016 Dakar champion will attempt the Iron Man Finke Double at this year’s event, aiming to make history by winning both car and bike categories. He will start fourth in the car division.
Price edged out 2017 runner-up Ivan Long (#2 - Husqvarna FE 450) by just four tenths of a second, with both riders setting a remarkable sub-five minute lap of the track.
Crowd-favourite Jacob Smith (#298 - Honda CRF480R) came in third in his tenth Finke campaign with Alice Springs local Luke Hayes (#3 - KTM 500 EXC-F) just 1.9 seconds behind him in fourth position.
Sam Davie (#5 - Husqvarna FE 501) prologued in fifth position followed by fellow Victorian Nathan Trigg (#6 - Sherco 450 SEF) in sixth place, while South Australians Kent Collins (#4 - KTM 500 EXC-F) and Danny Leane (#13 -Husqvarna FE 450) finished in seventh and eighth respectively.
Some of Team WA before Prologue earlier today Kathryn Scoble, Russell Scoble, Alisha Nash, Piotr Kedzierski, Brett Leslie and Madelaine Helen.
Four-time Finke winner, Ben Grabham (#698 - Beta RR 480) was a surprise inclusion in the top ten, setting the ninth fastest time. The Bathurst local is back to compete in this year’s event after a three-year hiatus.
Victoria’s Callum Norton (#X98 - Honda CRF 450R) rounded out the top ten with a lap time of 5 minutes, 14.6 seconds.
Local favourite David Walsh (#299 - KTM 500 EXC-F) had a disappointing run prologuing in 28th position ahead of tomorrow’s highly-anticipated 2018 edition of the iconic event.
AFL legend and regular Tatts Finke Desert Race competitor, Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett (#894 - KTM 500 EXC-F) prologued in 397th position out of the 583 bikes that started today.
WA Competitors prologued 93 out of 650 bikes, 3rd in class, Blair Outram prologued 29th.
Full results for the bikes Prologue can be found via https://www.finkedesertrace.com.au/2018-bike-results
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The Tatts Finke Desert Race takes place 8-11 June 2018.