Dakar Rally: Price Pushes Lead Into Final Stage

Toby Price holds a huge lead in the motorbike category heading into the final day’s racing at the Dakar Rally.

Price finished second on the 12th stage into Villa Carlos Paz, 7 minutes and 32 seconds behind Portuguese Yamaha rider Helder Rodrigues.

The 28-year-old New South Welshman is poised to claim his first Dakar Rally title in Rosario on Sunday (AEDT) with the KTM rider holding a 37:39 lead on Slovakia’s Stefan Svitko, while Chilean Pablo Quintanilla of Husqvarna lies third, 53:10 behind Price.

Price said he and the Red Bull KTM Factory Team played it a little bit safe towards the end of the tough 481-kilometre stage, even when Rodrigues, 54:29 behind the overall leader, was about to pass him.

“It was on really sharp shale-like rock. It was really sketchy, really skatey and it felt like I was riding on ice,” Price said.

“We had a couple of excursions off the track a couple of times so we thought we’d whack it down and make sure that we get to the finish.

“I looked back and saw Helder and he was on the gas. He’s in the running, but for me he’s no problem if he passed me, so I didn’t put up a fight. Once he got there, I let him through, then just continued on with my own race.

“We’re here at the finishing line and that’s the main thing.”

Barring a disaster on the final run, Price will become the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally and the only competitor to have won any category of the race on just their second attempt.

Even so, Price, who finished third on debut last year, said he is not getting ahead of himself.

“I haven’t really looked into the history of results yet. I’ll look at that tomorrow once it’s all done,” he said.

“If that happens it will be a bit of history and I’ll be pretty stoked with that. See you tomorrow.”

Article sourced from: abc.net.au