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KTM Team Manager Ben Grabham Praises Prices Efforts At Dakar

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KTM Australia‰Ûªs Off-Road Racing Team Manager Ben Grabham has praised Toby Price‰Ûªs performance in the 2015 Dakar Rally as a display of consistency and strategic intelligence, the likes of which he‰Ûªs never before seen from a Dakar rookie.

Grabham, one of Australia's most decorated off-road racers of all time, rode in the last two Dakars, achieving a debut finish before crashing out last year while well placed. But he reckons Price's effort was even more special than it looked.

‰ÛÏI knew that barring anything crazy overnight he was going to be standing on that podium today, so as soon as I woke up this morning I rang to congratulate him." Grabham said. "Because I‰Ûªve done Dakar I know what an amazing ride he‰Ûªs had to be able to do that straight up.

"I never doubted for a minute that he could beat all those guys speed-wise, but I haven‰Ûªt seen too many people go and show that kind of consistency and keep themselves out of trouble like he did.

"He‰Ûªs got two guys ahead of him with a lot of experience, but by gee he beat a lot of other guys that have wads of experience compared to him. He proved he can use his brain and think a lot on the bike as well.

"He‰Ûªs back in a few days, and he wanted to come and do Deep Well this weekend, but I know that his brain will need a good rest, then it will be straight into the complete opposite of what he‰Ûªs been doing - enduro-cross on the smaller 350. But if anybody can cross over, that‰Ûªs Toby, as he proved!‰Û

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