Australia's Toby Price has fired his Red Bull Factory KTM to the shortened stage nine win and has extended his provisional race lead to over 24 minutes ahead of Stefan Svitko overnight.
At this point in time there it is not 100% clear on the final outcome of the stage held in Belen, Argentina after race organisers halted the race at Check Point 2 and while Price and a total of 14 riders were able to finish the entire days stage, organisers are crediting all riders who made it through to CP2 a group time for the final stage finish.
Either way Toby Price will be awarded with the stage win and his race lead will increase, but a final decision on where his main rival in HRC Honda's Paulo Goncalves is finally ranked is still not known after the Portuguese rider ran into trouble, puncturing his radiator.
At this point in time according to the official daily race report (that you can read in bold below), Goncalves will be given a group time along with all the riders who made it through to check point two and will be able to continue in the race if he can repair his damaged bike.
Being stage nine was the first leg of a marathon stage, Goncalves will not have the assistance of his team mechanics to help him with repairs, relying on his own mechanical skills along with any other riders who can or are willing to assist him.
‰ÛÏI haven't heard too much on the navigation and it all as yet on the stage." Price commented.
"We've got through pretty good. We made a couple of little mistakes around the 100-km mark. We got a little bit lost but luckily we found the way point and got ourselves back on track and going again. Other than that, we've had a fairly decent day, a fairly solid day. It was just good that we didn't get lost.
"It was definitely tricky navigation today. I still feel solid, I still feel really good. It's definitely hot right now at the moment, but we'll suit up again, get going, get some air flowing and it shouldn't be too bad. It's been a good day, I can't complain.
"I get to the finishing line and then they cancel the rest of it‰Û_ That's a bit of a shame, but that's the way it is. We'll just have to wait and see and see what call they come up with. It's a bit of a bummer for me‰Û_ I have to get to the finishing line and I've done that, but they've called it. I guess that's just the way it is.
"It's job done today, but everyone's got lucky since we've stopped at CP1 and CP2. We'll see if it will be all good. The bike seems really good, really strong and still going really well. The mechanics have done a really good job over the lead-up to the race and during the event. I think we're cruising along alright, so we can't complain.
"For the lead over Paulo, maybe; maybe not... we'll just have to wait and see for the decision‰Û