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In 2016 Toby Price became the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally in any category at just his second participation after a podium finish in his rookie’s year in the Dakar 2015. After more than a decade of domination of the Coma-Despres era, the strong Australian represented the face of the new Dakar generation. The 2017 Dakar should have been the year of the consecration, but things didn’t go as expected. Reigning champion Toby Price was out of the Dakar Rally after suffering a broken femur in a motorcycle crash during the fourth stage. Since then, the 30 year old Aussie has been on a long road to full fitness ever since. The KTM factory rider was set to race the OiLibya Rally of Morocco in October, but complications with his injury forced him to miss the event. Aware of the challenge in front of him, Toby remains upbeat and determined to put in a strong performance. Having had no races under his belt during the 2017 season it will be even more, but Toby Price is fully motivated.
“After a recent clean-up of my injury, I am feeling a lot stronger already. It’s a big step forward and things are already looking really good for January. I have been able to get some time on the new bike, and it’s a huge step forward -the team has done an incredible job. I’ve been off a bike for close to eight or nine months. It’s clearly not the preparation any rider would want leading up to the biggest race of the year, but then you don’t forget how to ride a motorcycle.”
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The Australian was injured during all of 2017 but has made a more than convincing comeback to the competition with a third-placed finish.
“Three podiums is really amazing. After the year I had, it’s a dream come true, for sure. It was rough, but with twelve months under our belt we’ll be ready to go for the next one. I didn’t even expect this finish....
Toby Price still has a goal to accomplish on the Dakar 2018: to make up the 5 minutes separating him from Kevin Benavides and 2nd place on the Dakar.
“Very, very good. It’s good to get the stage out of the way. All the day went really well. This morning we had a couple of tricky bits, but it was a good fast track with really rough sections, so I pushed pretty...
Two days after his first victory on the rally, Toby Price has grabbed a second success on the way to Córdoba on completion of a stage he has led from almost start to finish. Kevin Benavides has finished the day in second place, 2’03’’ behind, and therefore keeps second place in the general standings ahead of the Australian....
Toby Price has completed the first part of the special with just a lead of just a minute over his team-mate Antoine Meo. Kevin Benavides is hanging in there, but still trails his pursuer in the general standings by 2’10’’, whilst the provisional race leader Matthias Walkner is not taking any risks and lies 6’38’’...
Opening the way does not seem to be much of a problem for Toby Price. The Australian, who won the day before yesterday, has completed 97 km with the best time, 53 seconds ahead of Antoine Meo. Kevin Benavides trails by 1’39’’ whilst Matthias Walkner is in control mode, 5’17’’ behind the current stage leader....
The Aussie's victory in the stage to Fiambalá put himself back on the provisional podium, over 39 minutes behind teammate Matthias Walkner.
"Yesterday was... I've never felt so bad in my life. Today we just needed to try and see if we could claw back a little bit of time, and I think we've done that a little bit, but it's gonna be tough from back where we are. It's...
Toby Price has finally ended his drought at the Dakar after dominating today's stage from A to Z. The KTM rider beat a stubborn Kevin Benavides by 1'38" and moved up to second place overall as after teammate Joan Barreda withdrew from the rally.
Toby Price could well grab his first stage win since the rally started. The Aussie is firmly in command of the race, with 1'35" over a dogged Kevin Benavides. Antoine Meo is currently in third place, 1'47" back.
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