TOBY PRICE(aus) 1.88m / 93kg
Dirt-bikes, wake boarding, go karting
KTM, Red Bull
2020: 3rd (2 stage wins)
2019: 1st (1 stage win)
2017: ab stage 4 (5th)
2020: Andalucia Rally (4th)
2019: Atacama Rally (4th), Morocco Rally (4th). Finke desert Race (Ab.), Baja 1000
2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th), Atacama Rally (2nd), Desafio Ruta 40 (2nd), Morocco Rally (1st); FIM World Champion. Finke desert Race (1st), Baja 1000 (5th in a car)
2016: 1st Morroco Rally (1st), Abu Dhabi Challenge (1st)
2015: Chile Rally (9th), Morocco Rally (Ab.)
2014: Morocco Rally (8th)
2012: Baja 1000 (2nd)
Finke Desert Rally (6 victories)
Hattah Desert Race (4 victories)
“The level of competition is going to be even greater”
Being consistent is clearly a gauge of excellence, but for Toby Price winning is the only thing matters. In six participations, the Australian has five top-three finishes. Every time he has made it to the end he has marched on to the podium. And while his third place in Saudi Arabia was yet again proof of his toughness, it was clearly not what the two-time winner of the rally had in mind. In 2015, this young Aussie with the build of a rugby flanker arrived on the rally-raid scene like a UFO. Toby Price was a house-hold name down under, but an unknown on the global scale of the Dakar. It didn’t take long for him to integrate the subtleties of navigation without ever cracking to ride on for an impressive third place finish. A year later, and as a member of the factory KTM team, Price became the first Australian to win the Dakar, and this in just his second participation. He was the pre-event favourite in 2017, but crashed on stage four and broke his leg. It took him nearly a year to recover and his third place in 2018 at Cordoba was quite an accomplishment. His second triumph upon arrival in Lima was even more so, as he soldiered on with a bruised wrist. The years of suffering now seem behind him and at 33 years-of-age, he is once again a serious contender. Victory would see him join Richard Sainct as a three-time winner (1999, 2000 and 2003) and surpass Hubert Auriol, Gaston Rahier and Fabrizio Meoni. After a go on four wheels, notably on the Baja 1000 with Nasser Al Attiyah last year, Price is laser focused on his KTM. Quarantined for months in Australia due to pandemic, it was in Europe, notably on the Andalusia Rally where he finished fourth and in Dubai where he has prepared for the Dakar like a lion in a cage.
“2020 was obviously a quiet season. It began with the Dakar and another podium finish even though it wasn’t the result I had hoped for, and then nothing. Every time I have finished the rally, I’ve been on the podium, which is a pretty strong performance especially after two tough weeks. I knew nothing was going to happen in the first months of the year. I stayed calm and didn’t really do anything. It was a gradual re-start with a lot of mountain biking and weight training. Since then we have only been able to train and test in Europe and Dubai for the past 5 months. What I have missed most is my family, friends, and my parents. 6 or 7 years had passed since the last time I experienced this. It was quite difficult to adjust, to stay fit and remain motivated. I'm looking forward to the rally. We are training for the rally. This long break has allowed everyone to recharge their batteries and allow their bodies time to recover. A lot of guys are going to show up in great shape. The level of competition is going to be even greater. It's pretty exciting and I can't wait for it to start. The first Dakar in Saudi Arabia was totally new for everyone. We didn't know what to expect. We didn't know what the route would be like. We now know that it is fast over very wide stretches. We'll see what's in store for us this year. I don't like to predict what will happen. My goal is to attack with the hope of another podium finish, but we are all going there to try to win. And the ultimate goal is to be on the top step of the podium holding the big trophy.”
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM
- Mark : KTM
- Model : 450 FACTORY
- Performance tuner : Red Bull KTM factory team
- Assistance : Red Bull KTM factory team
- Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites
All news of T. Price
Price airlifted to Tabuk
Toby Price has been taken to hospital in Tabuk for X-rays and has therefore been forced to exit the race prematurely due to his accident.
Toby Price has crashed after 155 km and has injured his left arm and shoulder. It’s a major blow for the Australian who was only one minute behind Nacho Cornejo in the general standings. Indeed, the Spaniard has moved back into the lead on the stage, after 157 km.
Tricky navigation could trip up the riders…
Toby Price and Joan Barreda appear to have encountered a few difficulties at the start of the special. After 63 km, the Australian has lost 1’10’’, while the Spaniard has lost virtually the same amount of time. The Honda trio of Nacho Cornejo, Ricky Brabec and Kevin Benavides currently lead the battle and are within the same minute. They will have...
Price has already taken a few seconds from Cornejo
Toby Price already leads at the first way point, with an advantage of 48’' over Nacho Cornejo and another Honda ridden by Ricky Brabec. Their team-mate Joan Barreda, fifteen minutes back in the general standings, is second for the moment, 31’' behind the Australian.
Toby Price: “I struggled with focusing”
The 2nd placed rider in the general standings lost a small amount of time to “Nacho” Cornejo, but is only 1’05’’ behind.
“It was really tough for me today. I struggled with focusing a lot this morning with the road-book. I was a little bit tired from yesterday’s crash. It was good to make it to the finishing line with me, myself...
Price keeps the lead
Toby Price is still in the lead ahead of Nacho Cornejo with a little more than 100 km to go before the finishing line. Joan Barreda is only 49’’ behind his Australian rival. Kevin Benavides trails Price by 1’26’’ whilst Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland are both more than two minutes behind the current stage leader.
Top 3 within 30 seconds!
After 225 km, Toby Price still possesses a lead of ten seconds over Nacho Cornejo. Joan Barreda is ready to pounce, just 24’’ behind. Kevin Benavides, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland have not yet managed to bridge the gap and join in the battle, whilst Ricky Brabec, yesterday’s winner, has lost more than three minutes and is only on second ahead...
Price still leads
At the midway point, Toby Price still leads, with an advantage of a little more than ten seconds over Nacho Cornejo, who has moved ahead of his team-mate Joan Barreda. The leading trio are within the same 30’’ seconds! Kevin Benavides remains in fourth position a little less than 1’30’’ behind, virtually the same amount of time ahead of...
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