Desert Racing

Toby Price Takes On Dakar

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KTM Off-Road Racing Team rider Toby Price is about to embark on his first race of the new year and possibly the toughest racing challenge of his career, as the world's biggest off-road race, the famous Dakar Rally kicks off in Buenos Aires on January 4.

The 27-year-old from Maitland in New South Wales drew the attention of the KTM factory and earned the ride on the back of a glittering 2014 season which netted him Finke, Hattah, AORC, and Desert Tri-Series crowns in Australia, as well as second outright in this year's ISDE and a top-10 finish in his first ever international FIM rally, The Morocco Rally.

‰ÛÏDakar to me is the biggest race in the world." Price admitted. "You cross three countries and do around 10,000km so it's a tough and challenging race.

"Just to get a chance to race this event is a huge achievement in itself, and I'm just blown away with the opportunity that KTM have given me to compete in this event. Speechless really.

"My bike will be the same one that I competed on in Morocco. It's the KTM 450 Rally bike and it‰Ûªs really nice to ride, easy to work on and handles the long and rough conditions well. At this stage I'm not sure what my role is, I'm sure I'll be helping the factory guys if something goes wrong for them but mainly I‰Ûªm there just to learn and see how the event runs.

"For me I'm going to be happy to finish. I want to be at the finish line so I can learn everything I can and know what my body will feel like at the end of the event. If I can get one top-10 finish and finish in the top 30 overall I'll be very happy. I can't expect too much on my first Dakar race.‰Û

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