Stage 10: 10th
Price covered much of the 371 kilometers raced against the clock without issue for Stage 10.
Despite losing a little time over the final 50 kilometers to his rivals, the two-time Dakar Champion was able to complete the stage in 10th place.
The Australian lies 6th overall, one place behind teammate Benavides.
“It was a decent stage for me today. I made a couple of little mistakes towards the end, but overall, I’m happy with how things went. The boys out front did a really good job, and it’s definitely a mission to try and keep hold of them. All in all, I’m feeling good – my wrist was suffering a little in the rocks out there today, but yeah, it was a good stage. I caught Pablo (Quintanilla) and was riding with him for a bit, then Ross (Branch) caught up. It was good fun to ride in the group like that.”
Stage 11: 5th
Price set off early this morning for the second to last time at this year’s event, focused on pushing hard on the special.
8th into the stage, the Australian put in a solid ride, making the minimum of mistakes on the unforgiving terrain to steadily move himself up the day’s timesheets.
“Another day done here at the Dakar, and everything is feeling good. The stones are definitely a challenge to get through, but I didn’t make any major navigational mistakes today, there were just a couple of little sections where I had to make a small adjustment. That’s one more stage ticked off and it brings us closer to the finish, which is a nice feeling.”
Stage 12: 2nd
Price, racing his 10th edition of the world’s toughest rally-raid, has delivered day after day of fast, consistent rides at this year’s event.
Following a navigational error on Stage 1, Price bounced back to steadily climb his way back up the leaderboard as the race progressed.
Securing several top-five stage results, including a runner-up finish on the final stage, Price ultimately completed the rally in 5th after over 52 hours of racing against the clock, an exceptional performance by the official Dakar Rally Legend.
“For us, it’s definitely been a really tough event this year. Thankfully, it’s always a good result when you can get to the finish line in one piece at the Dakar, and here we are, happy and healthy. Looking back over the week, we were never far off the pace, just made a few too many mistakes out there and as you know that can cost some serious time at Dakar. The whole Red Bull KTM team have been incredible over the two weeks and have worked so hard. It’s a shame we’ve not been able to reward them with a podium. Big credit to the top guys as well, they got it done this year, so congratulations to them.”