Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has completed a hot and tough 2023 Sonora Rally in fourth place overall.
In doing so, the Australian has successfully increased his advantage at the top of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship standings to seven points.
Although the fifth and final special of this year’s Sonora Rally was relatively short at 139 kilometers, it still posed a huge challenge to all riders with its fast sandy tracks. First into the stage following his win on day four, Toby Price knew he’d have to attack the special to stay ahead of his chasing rivals.
Giving his all, Toby clocked in as second fastest all the way to the final few kilometers, where unfortunately, while opening the stage, a costly error caused the two-time Dakar Champion to lose several minutes.
Crossing the finish line in sixth, Price narrowly missed out on the overall rally podium by just over two minutes. Nevertheless, his strong performance over the five-day event earned him enough points to increase his lead in the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship standings, with two events left to race.
“I’m obviously really disappointed. I made a stupid little mistake right at the end there. I didn’t quite get the right road, so I had to cut across and then come back, and then when I was back on the road I turned left instead of right. A silly mistake, but it ended up costing me the podium. That’s racing unfortunately – the championship still looks good, but I’m gutted to have missed out here in Mexico, right at the very last stage.”