After his win on Sunday‰Ûªs stage, Toby Price
was the first rider away from the line early this morning. With no tracks to follow, the 2016 Dakar Rally Champion had the difficult task of being the first to navigate the route and find his own way through the dunes.
Messed up today, had a huge get off and crashed hard, then causing that case out off the dune to smash the bash plate into the fuel pump on the front tank and having to repair this on track! I got kissed by an angel today honestly! It was a good one and saw a lot of blue sky and a long time floating
A crash caused an issue with the fuel line on Price‰Ûªs KTM 450 RALLY. Despite the off, and taking some time to remedy the problem, the Australian managed to successfully complete the stage in 11th place and will aim to chase down the leaders tomorrow.
"The morning went really well, opening the stage was tricky but I felt good and the bike was perfect," Price recalled. "Sam caught me around the 65km mark and we rode together for a fair bit at a nice comfortable pace.
"Unfortunately, not so far after the refuel I had a crash ‰ÛÒ it was quite a big one but thankfully I wasn‰Ûªt hurt. I had an issue then with the bash-plate on the bike. It had been bent back so it damaged the fuel line. I had no choice but to stop and fix it and ended up losing over 30 minutes. I am feeling a little stiff and sore now, but I‰Ûªm ready for tomorrow. Hopefully I can claw some time back on the front-runners.‰Û