8 hours in the past | Phrases: Andy Wigan | Pictures: KTM Photos
With probably the most latest spherical of the 2023 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) going down in Mexico approach again in late April, it’s been a very long time between desert drinks for W2RC opponents. However this week, when the world’s greatest desert racers take reconvene for the W2RC’s fourth spherical – at Argentina’s five-day Desafio Ruta 40 – it’s been a well timed reminder that it’s Australia’s Toby Worth who leads the factors standings and, with simply two rounds to run, has his sights set on including one other World Championship crown to the primary one he clinched again in 2018.
Coming into the 2800km Desafio Ruta 40 with a 7-point lead within the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship standings, Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing’s Toby Worth will probably be trying to prolong that benefit at this penultimate spherical of the collection. And the powerful Argentine terrain ought to go well with the 36-year-old Worth nicely. In any case, the primary of his two Dakar Rally wins got here in 2016, when the occasion was held virtually totally in Argentina.
“It’s nice to be right here at spherical 4 in Argentina and it’s nice to be again in South America,” Worth defined on the eve of the Argentinean occasion. “t’s all the time cool to see folks which can be excited to observe the race right here and I’m trying ahead to seeing what it’ll carry. We all know we’re in for some difficult situations, that’s for positive. The championship is nice in the meanwhile. I’m main out however there’s nonetheless two rounds to go, so something can occur. We’ll simply deal with Argentina for now. All the things is trying good in the meanwhile. My physique feels good, so we simply have to have a powerful race until the tip!”
The Desafio Ruta 40 additionally sees the return to racing after accidents for a few different Dakar Rally winners: Worth’s teammate, Matthias Walkner, and reigning W2RC champ, GASGAS rider, Sam Sunderland.
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