Unhappy after the decision by the organisers of the rally to scrap the final waypoints of Thursday‰Ûªs stage four, Toby Price went into the final special with a point to prove. After making his way to the front of the group, the Australian put in a strong performance to eventually cross the line in third position.
Yesterday‰Ûªs decision to disregard the final waypoints of the stage relegated Price to sixth place in the overall standings. Despite his superb performance on tod ay‰Ûªs stage, it simply wasn‰Ûªt enough to regain a podium position. Although disappointed, the 2016 Dakar Champion was still positive about his, and the team‰Ûªs, performance on the rally.
"Today was a good stage with the mass-start. 80 bikes taking off at the same time is a little bit chaotic and it took a few kilometres for it all to settle down," the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider explained.
"It was really good fun and I enjoyed the ride. I‰Ûªm still a little upset about the outcome of yesterday‰Ûªs stage and I don‰Ûªt believe the final results tell the true story of the rally," he added, "Nevertheless, I am here in one piece and we were able to test a lot of things on the bike and get some good training for the Dakar at the beginning of next year. I‰Ûªm looking forward to the next rally now in the middle of the year and then we have a few more to contest on the run up to the Dakar.‰Û