At 27 years of age, Toby Price will be one of the main attractions of the next Dakar. After starting his career in motocross, the Australian convincingly switched to enduro and offroad racing becoming one of the stars of the discipline Downunder. Winning the Finke Desert race four times and finishing second of the 2012 Baja 1000, Price certainly has what it takes to impress on the Dakar. Despite a fine 8th position at the last Morocco Rally, he will of course lack of experience on the event. Part of team Orlen, he promises be a precious asset for KTM in this learning task of his. After all, he did spend a week at Marc Coma's place learning the basics.
“I heard about the Dakar back in 2002-2003. I was riding motocross at the time. Then I switched to enduro and desert racing. I really started being interested in the Dakar two years ago but it was hard to go for it. I was given the opportunity thanks to Orlen to go to the Morocco rally and it's an opportunity you can't refuse. Obviously the hardest part for me will be the navigation. 17 days of racing is also a hard task. I need to know the event. It's a learning task for the moment. I hope to be a Top 15 contender. I know I have the pace of guys like Coma. I know I can ride fast. But with the navigation, it gets crazy. It helped riding with Coma in Morocco and gave me more experience. I try to get as much info about the Dakar talking to riders but try not to be too annoying. I'm not too worried and I don't really know what to expect. I'll need to try and pace myself. No point crashing out after 2 or 3 days. The goal is to finish. If it's in the Top 20 or 15, I'd be pretty happy. Within the team, if I need to help that'll be the priority but I hope I can do my thing.”