STAGE 7: 9th
Riyadh ➡️ Al Dawadimi
Putting in a solid day 7 performance from his 8th place start position, Price knew the special would throw up a few surprises and so focused on accurate navigation for the entirety of the stage.
Completing the initial dune section as one of the fastest riders, Price showed more caution as the terrain got technical in the latter half of the stage.
Bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in 9th, Price moves up one more place in the overall rankings to 11th with five stages left to contest.
“Not a bad stage for me today, there was one really tricky bit of navigation in the middle there, so I took my time through that section to make sure I got through ok. I’m here safe in one piece, so can’t complain at all. On the whole, it’s been a really good day today, so we’ll focus on tomorrow now and hopefully more of the same.”
STAGE 8: 6th
Al Dawadimi ➡️ Wadi Ad-Dawasir
Price moved up one place further up the provisional overall leaderboard to 9th, just over 30 minutes down on the leader. With times closing up at the top of the rankings, and 4 more long days left to race, the experienced Aussie knows that a podium result is still well within his reach.
“It wasn’t too bad today. I got through most of the stage pretty well, I did make a couple of mistakes, but it’s hard to be absolutely perfect out there. The liaisons from today have meant it’s been a really long day in the saddle. All-in-all the bike was really good though and I’m ready for another day.”
STAGE 9: 17th
Wadi Ad-Dawasir ➡️ Wadi Ad-Dawasir
Another solid performance saw Price complete the timed special as 17th quickest, albeit only 8:30 down on the winner.
Lying just outside the Top 10 overall, Price hopes to use his start position on Wednesday’s Stage 10 to elevate himself further up the rankings.
“It was a good day, I had a couple of little mistakes, but nothing too crazy. I’m starting a little way back tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be able to grab a little time back then. Other than that, the bike is good, I feel good, we’ll keep on pushing tomorrow.”