PRICE RIDES INTO 4TH OVERALL ON DAY 3 OF DAKAR
Toby Price returned to Dakar Rally for the first time since his injuries sustained at the event in 2017, and moved into 4th on Day 3 of the event.
STAGE 1: LIMA – PISCO
Price finished the first Stage from Lima to Pisco in 14th after starting in a reverse grid on the 32km long sand section.
The Australian was ecstatic to be back on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike and was looking forward to the upcoming days in the dunes of South America.
STAGE 2: PISCO – PISCO
Price was able to move into the Top 10 after his first day of navigation within the 267km Pisco region loop for Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally.
The Red Bull KTM Rider followed the carnage from the car category that lead the 90% off-piste stage, but was able to conquer the challenging soft dunes himself for 10th place.
Price felt fit and healthy after a good day and moved onto preparing his road book for Stage 3.
STAGE 3:PISCO – SAN JUAN DE MARCONA
Price had a great start to Stage 3, but dropped off a small sand dune around the 140km mark and lost a lot of fluid and filled his road book up with sand.
Initially scheduled as a 296km test, Stage 3 was split into two sections, covering sandy dunes, dirt, a salt lake, and through canyons in Peru, with competitors then having to ride a further 208km to reach the overnight San Juan de Marcona beach.
Price completed the Pisco to San Juan De Marcona stage in 3rd, and moved into 4th overall in the Dakar Rally standings.
My first Stage went really well, I didn’t quite have the pace I wanted but we survived and stayed in the Race. My leg feels good and the bike is great. Stage 2 was chaotic for the cars in front and cut the field down to about half, I caught Laia about the 40/50km mark and we rode together until we caught a car. I got past and went down the dune towards the ocean for CPS 2, then I kept cruising through and got it done. Day 3 felt really comfortable, I dropped out on a small dune but still managed to make a good time and I’m pretty happy with the stage overall.
DAKAR RALLY STANDINGS
1 – Sam Sunderland, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, 03:20:43
2 – Kevin Benavides, Monster Energy Honda Team, 03:23.46
3 – Toby Price, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, 03:24.11
4 – Ricky Brabec, Monster Energy Honda Team, 03:24.38
5 – Pablo Quintanilla, Rockstar Energy Husquvarna Factory Racing, 03:25.03