PRICE REMAINS 5TH FOLLOWING TREACHEROUS STAGE 10
Toby Price is preparing to tackle his 50 minute deficit in the Dakar Rally after loosing ground in a tough Stage 10.
STAGE 7: LA PAZ – UYUNI
Stage 7 went well for Price, but he lost a small amount of time at the beginning of the 430km marathon stage.
Price then took his time to complete the tough navigation note at the 80 kilometer mark where rain produced the tough slippery conditions.
Price was happy with his result, finishing 4th for the Stage and 5th overall, and believed he was improving each day.
STAGE 8: UYUNI – TUPIZA
The Red Bull KTM Rally Rider took on the Uyuni to Tupiza stage with ease, and was able to finish without any issues in the second half of the marathon stage where the altitude reached heights of 4800 meters.
Price finished the 490 kilometer Stage in 3rd and remained 5th in the Overall Standings.
There was a scheduled rest day between Stage 8 and Stage 9, which was later cancelled, and served as a second rest day.
STAGE 10: SALTA – BELÉN
After the cancellation of Stage 9 due to dangerous weather, Price moved his focus onto the 373 kilometers of sandy plateau of dunes between Salta and Belén.
Price lost his way in a river bed, as did fellow frontrunners Kevin Benavides, Joan Barreda and Antoine Meo which resulted in a deficit of 50m18s from the lead.
Price was devastated to lose time after sitting so close to the leader, but is not giving up on his campaign.
The Australian finished 19th for the Stage and now sits 5th overall before the final four stages commence.
Stage 7 went well for us, around the 80 kilometre mark there was a tricky little navigation note so we took our time and nailed everything through there really well, but I think we did loose a little time at the start of the stage. The conditions were really slippery with all the rain we’ve had but each day I’m finding my feet a little more and feeling that much more comfortable navigating and riding! Stage 8 from Uyuni to Tupiza went really well and we finished 3rd, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike went really well. I’m really looking forward to moving into Argentina and those stages, I think they’re going to be pretty difficult from the previous years we’ve had there. Stage 10 is one I want to forget, the notes all seemed to say 150km and the rio we got into started at 150km. We thought we’d got it right, but obviously not. You never know in the Dakar, it’s tough, but that’s the way it is. I’ve just got to try and see what the rest of the week will bring now.
DAKAR RALLY STANDINGS
1 – Matthias Walkner, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, 32:21.03
2 – Joan Barreda Bort, Monster Energy Honda Team, +39m42s
3 – Kevin Benavides, Monster Energy Honda Team, +41m23s
4 – Gerard Farres, Himoinsa Racing Team, +47m46s
5 – Toby Price, Red Bull KTM Factory Team, +50m18s