Within 2 years of Toby Price starting to ride motorbikes, he was competing and winning races in both dirt track and motocross, and the Motocross community around Australia had no doubt a star was on the rise.
Price was at the hands of injury for the majority of 2017, but at the end of the year, he had a surgery that corrected the issues with his leg and left him ready to take on the Dakar Rally once again. Price was back on a bike only 6 weeks before the 2018 edition of Dakar and managed to finish 3rd at the event, an unbelievable achievement for the Australian.
Price started his 2017 season with the Dakar once again, however he crashed out of the race while leading in Stage 4, after winning Stage 2. Toby was rushed to a Bolivian hospital where he underwent surgery for a broken femur which was followed by a series of seizures due to a blood clot in his lung. Toby returned to Australia after a week, and then eight weeks later, Toby was back in the driver’s seat at the Clipsal 500 in the Stadium Super Trucks where he finished 4th & 2nd in the Races.
Starting off the year on a high, Toby dominated the Dakar Rally, winning Stages 2,5,6,8 and 9, overall by 40 minutes. This wrote Toby into the history books as the first Australian to ever win any class of the Dakar Rally, as well as the only person to ever win on the second attempt and the first non-European to win the Bikes category. Toby followed Dakar up by becoming the first Australian ever to win the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Toby returned to Australia for the Finke Desert Race, competing in both Cars and Bikes, flying back along the track by aircraft after completing the Car leg each day, then riding the Bike leg. He came second in the Cars, then won the Bikes for a record-equalling fifth time. At the end of the year Toby returned to Europe, winning the OiLibya Rally in Morocco, and taking 3rd place overall in the 2016 World Championship.
2015 was Toby’s debut attempt at the Dakar Rally, where he achieved a win in Stage 12 and finished 3rd overall. Toby was brought in as guest driver for the Stadium Super Trucks at the Clipsal 500, competing in two of three races and finishing 6th & 8th. A couple of days later Toby was due to race at Finke, a large stick penetrated his boot while practising, breaking his right ankle and foot. Toby continued on qualifying first in the prologue, won both days of the race, and claimed his 4th Finke title. Toby won his 5th Hattah title and was signed to ride with the Factory KTM Red Bull Rally team in the World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally. Toby broke more records that year, claiming his 5th Australian Off-Road Championship, wrapping up the title with two rounds still remaining.
Toby became the only rider to win the Australian Off-Road Championship four times, all after missing one round and riding injured in two more. Toby also again won Finke & Hattah. Toby won all three rounds of the Western Australian Desert Tri-Series, the Kumarina 500 in June, Doorawarrah 500 in July and Indee 500 in August.
2014 was the first time Toby had attempted International Cross-country Rallying by entering the Morocco Rally, where he finished 8th. Toby also won the E3 class at the International Six Days Enduro, this time in Argentina, coming second overall by 45 seconds. At the end of the year, Toby returned to California where he was injured the year before for the Red Bull Day In The Dirt, and claimed first place.
Riding for KTM, Price won rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the Australian Off-Road Championship, leading the E3 class and Outright. While riding in the Californian AMA Hare and Hound National Championship, Toby was involved in a crash where he broke three bones in his neck and his thumb. Toby had a major operation to repair his neck, but was unable to ride until September. Following intensive rehab, he returned to America and joined the KTM America team (not riding) in the Baja 1000. Toby’s first major race on return from injury was the December Red Bull Day In The Dirt in California, where he came second.
In 2012 Toby took out the Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X and again won the Finke Desert Race and Hattah Desert Race. He also won the Australian Off-Road Championship, from the E3 Class for the first time winning 8/10 rounds, and finishing 2nd in the other two. Toby was again was selected for the Australian team to compete in the International Six Days Enduro competition, that year in Germany, where he lead the Australian team to 2nd place in the world. After the first couple of days, Price was leading the E3 class and was 5th overall, despite a bent front wheel from day one. Near the halfway mark of the event, Toby suffered broken ribs in an incident but continued to finish 2nd in the E3 class and 10th overall. Two weeks after returning Toby won the E3 class in the Australian 4 Day Enduro Races, coming second overall, still riding with broken ribs.
Despite a fuel mishap in Round 1 of the 2011 Australian Off Road Championship, and a mechanical failure in the Finke Desert Race Price again Toby won most of the major off-road races in Australia. Toby won Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship, Hattah and the Australian 4 Day Enduro Races. Toby was injured in the middle of the season which put him out of the chase for the Australian Off Road Championship title, but was still able to finish 9th. That same year, Toby was also selected for the Australian team to compete in the 2011 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) competition in Finland. Toby finished 4th in the E2 class and 8th overall, making him the highest finishing Australian.
2004 – 2010
In 2010 Toby joined the KTM Team where he won the majority of the Australian Off-Road titles. Toby won the Finke Desert Race and the Hattah Desert Race on his first attempt, and also won the Australian Off Road Championship & Australian 4 Day Enduro Races. Riding for Kawasaki, Toby won the Australian Off-Road Championship in his first year of competition. He was awarded the Australian Dirt Bike magazine Rookie of the Year title. Toby was also chosen to ride for Australia in Portugal for the 2009 Enduro where he was the fastest under-23 years rider and 14th in the world. Toby won 2 Australian junior titles in 2003, and was signed by Kawasaki Australia and moved from Hillston to Singleton. At the ripe age of 16, Price began his professional career in 2004.