Hillston’s most famous enduro motorcycle racer Toby Price has won the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for the first time in his career.
Price's win of the Rally du Maroc sealed his title as World Champion after the Australian won the prologue and two of five stages of the Rally before finishing 7 minutes ahead of fellow KTM rider Matthias Walkner after the event's fifth stage to claim the title.
Price was six-points down in the standings prior to the Rally, but his performance in Morroco lead him to eventually claim the championship by a six-point margin.
Riding with great consistency throughout the year has paid off for Price, with multiple stage wins as well as podiums at the Rally du Maroc, Atacama Rally and Desafio Ruta 40 all resulting in the 31-year-old becoming the worthy FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion for 2018.
“What an amazing season – I can’t believe it,” Price said.
“It’s been a tough one and I didn’t expect to be at the top of the list at the end of it.
Dam what a day, It is safe to say I'm the 2018 World Rally Champion! 🌎 🏆 I'm so lucky to do it with such a great support crew and family and friends, massive thanks Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for all the work and my personal sponsors for always having faith in me! pic.twitter.com/ubLsvsheKu— Toby Price (@tobyprice87) October 9, 2018
“I had some bad luck back in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the year, but after that every rally has gone well and I’ve finished on the podium at every round.
“To win the world championship with a win here in Morocco makes it all that little bit sweeter. If I am honest, I was nervous out there on the final stage today, there are no guarantees in rally racing, especially when I had to lead the stage out.
“This is my first world championship in any category so I am so, so happy. It’s all credit to my team and everyone at Red Bull KTM, without them behind me I wouldn’t be standing on the top step. I’m standing on the top of the world and it’s the best feeling ever.”
Price will now prepare for the 2019 Edition of the Dakar Rally with the KTM Factory Racing Team, to be helf from the 6th to 17th of January.