🥉3rd Outright at the Dakar Rally 🥉

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has finished 3rd outright at the close of the 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

Stage 11 - 5th

Thursday at the Dakar marked the second half of the event’s marathon stage.

After camping out in a temporary bivouac at Shubaytah the night prior, riders entered the special running the same tyres and having carried out the minimum of maintenance due to no outside assistance being permitted overnight.

With less technical navigation, the real challenge for all was managing fuel levels, with the soft sand causing many to come close to running out by mid-stage.

Price pushed hard from the beginning of the stage and soon caught the riders ahead where he found it difficult to make up any more time and was forced to ride in a group to the finish, finishing 5th and sat 3rd overall.

“I was able to make up a fair amount of time today but with the stage cut short yesterday, it was difficult to get enough people between myself and the leaders. All-in-all it’s been a good day with very similar conditions to yesterday really – very fast and open. The sand has made for some tough going and like a few people today, I nearly ran out of fuel before kilometre 229. I managed to get in with about one litre left in the tank. One day to go now and I’m still feeling good so we’ll see what tomorrow brings."

Stage 12 - 3rd
Outright Standings - 3rd 🥉

Lying third overall going into the 447-kilometer 12th and final stage of the event it was always going to be a huge ask for Price to make up the necessary time on the race leader.

The 2019 champion didn’t give up, giving his all on the final 374-kilometer timed special, ultimately posting the third-fastest time.   
Claiming two stage wins during the course of the event, the outgoing champion has shown incredible pace, resolve and compassion to bring his KTM 450 RALLY home safely and inside the top three.
“I’m really happy with another podium at the Dakar – every time I’ve made it to the finish at this event I’ve got onto the podium. So far, I’m either a number one or a number three guy. The most important thing is to be here safely at the finish. Obviously, we came here to win, but it just wasn’t our year. Yeah, after 18 wins in a row it would have been nice to get a 19th, but I think KTM’s winning streak won’t be topped for a very long time. We’ll go away now, regroup and come back stronger for 2021 and take that number one plate back.”
🥇 Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 40:02:36
🥈 Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 40:19:02
🥉 Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 40:26:42
4. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 40:34:19
5. Matthias Walkner (AT), Honda, 34:53:49