PRICE RIDES INTO 5TH ON DAY 6 OF THE DAKAR
Toby Price has recovered from issues with hidden waypoints and ridden into 5th overall on Day 6 of the Dakar Rally, and now sits short of the lead by under 10 minutes.
STAGE 4: SAN JUAN DE MARCONA – SAN JUAN DE MARCONA
The inconsistent dunes of San Juan De Marcona served as a tough stage for the Dakar competitors, with Price fighting against the changing soft patches of sand.
In the midst of the 100km’s of madness Price found it difficult to find a waypoint, which lead him to losing 11 minutes overall.
As a result of the lost time, Price finished Stage 4 in 15th and dropped to 6th overall.
STAGE 5: SAN JUAN DE MARCONA – AREQUIPA
Price faced some trouble with the waypoints on Day 5, with the hidden ones providing tough to find for the Australian in the 30kms of sand and soil.
The Red Bull KTM Factory racer rode side by side with his teammate Antoine Meo for the majority of Stage 5, putting on a show for the Dakar audience.
Price finished 7th for the Stage and remained in 6th overall, and was looking forward to the rest of the week.
STAGE 6: AREQUIPA – LA PAZ
Price began Day 6 with a big liaison ride to commence the stage, but caught rain around the halfway mark up until the end of the stage which made for some muddy and slippery conditions.
As a result of the weather, the special stage running for Bikes was shortened to 194km.
The Australian finished Stage 6 in 2nd, as he tied with teammate Antoine Meo, with a gap of 30 seconds from the leader and was looking forward to the rest day..
Stage 4 was the most difficult day so far, as soon as we got to the dunes, the going got really tough. The worst thing was the sand was really unpredictable – there were loads of soft patches that were hard to see and if you were the first rider to hit them you ended up dropping right back. The group I was in missed a waypoint so we lost a fair amount of time getting back on track. In Stage 5 we got through with some trouble at the hidden waypoints, I rode next to Antoine Meo the whole day side by side which was cool to see! Stage 6 worked out really well, it was a long morning but it became really muddy and slippery and in the end we came out tied 2nd for the day. Everything is feeling great, looking forward to the rest day and then going full gas back into it!
DAKAR RALLY STANDINGS
1 – Kevin Benavides, Monster Energy Honda Team, 16:33.20
2 – Adrien Van Beverren, Yamaha Rally Team, 16:35.17
3 – Matthias Walkner, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, 16:37.10
4 – Joan Barreda Bort, Monster Energy Honda Team, 16:42.53
5 – Toby Price, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, 16:42.59