PRICE SITS 5TH FOLLOWING CHAOTIC STAGE 3
Red Bull KTM Factory Rider Toby Price currently sits 5th overall in the 2019 Dakar Rally after Stage 3.
Stage 1 – 6th
Overall Position – 6th
Price completed the opening Stage in 6th, sandwiched between fellow KTM Factory Racing teammates Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner.
Despite racing with his broken scaphoid (wrist), Price was 3rd and 1:31s behind leader Joan Barreda Bort’s pace at the second of three waypoints but the Australian drifted to finish 6th in the first stage of the 2019 Rally.
The first 331km of the Dakar Rally has gone well. My wrist is giving me some pain so I know the next nine days are going to be tough. But I can’t complain, I’m happy with sixth place today. Conditions out there were ok, you just have to be careful in the dunes that you don’t send it off one of the big drops – I can’t afford to risk anything like that so I need to be a little careful. The bike is running sweet, so thanks to Joe my mechanic for that. It’s going to be a long one tomorrow but I’ll give it my best.”
Stage 2 – 4th
Overall Position – 5th
Price finished 4th in the second 342km coastal stage from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona on Day 2 of the Dakar Rally.
Price made ground up in the overall standings moving into 5th despite becoming stuck in a dune 50km into the stage and now sits 4:33s back from the leader, Joan Barreda Bort.
Stage 2 was long, 342 kilometres on my wrist was really tough. It didn’t help that I got stuck in a dune around the 50-kilometre mark and had to pull the bike out and turn around. That hurt my wrist a little more but I managed to live with it for the rest of the stage, even though it was really bumpy after the cars had been through. All in all, I’m pretty happy with my time and looking forward to tomorrow.”
Stage 3 – Position 9th
Overall Position – 5th
In a trying stage where the Race Leader was unable to complete his Ride, Price was one of several front-runners to get lost.
Throughout the chaotic ride, the Australian bought his KTM 450 RALLY home safely in 9th and continues to ride at a consistent pace.
Price remains 5th overall but is now 15:17s from the Leader, but less than 4 minutes behind 2nd position.
I think it was more about survival than racing today. It was a really tough stage but I got through it and I’m feeling good and that’s what matters. I got lost early on and that cost me some time to the front runners. Then at about the 130-kilometre mark there was a lot of fog in the mountains. The road book didn’t have too many details and there were a few cliffs you could have dropped off. Luckily, I missed them. I’m still trying to hang on and get to the end of each stage but overall things are good.”