Lying fifth overall after day four, Toby Price came into the short, final timed special with eight minutes to make up on the leaders. The Australian was the 15th rider to enter the stage and although the start position would often prove to be an advantage, Toby would still have to catch and pass several riders ahead in order to make up time. Pushing hard, right from the start, he gained on the leaders with every kilometre. Unfortunately, a small crash resulted in the reigning Dakar Champion losing too many seconds and despite pushing on for the rest of the stage to ultimately top the day‰Ûªs standings, he was unable to make up enough time to take the event win. Fourth overall, Price now looks ahead to the 2020 Dakar Rally and the defence of his title.
‰ÛÏIt hasn‰Ûªt been a bad rally for me, I only just missed out on the podium, which is frustrating, but it‰Ûªs been really good training," Price said. "I knew I had to push really hard on that last stage and was making up good time but then had a small crash and gave myself a bit of a stiff neck. I missed out on the podium by just seven seconds but all-in-all I‰Ûªm pleased with how I rode. Navigation was really tricky here and we had to learn to ride with the minimum of information. I‰Ûªm hoping that will put us in a good position for January and the Dakar Rally.‰Û