Lead Australian Toby Price continued his consistent pace during today’s fifth stage of the Dakar Rally. Price finished the stage in seventh. He retains his sixth place in the provisional overall standings, just over 10 minutes behind the leader.

 “It was all-good today, I got through the stage without too many difficulties. There was one waypoint that was tricky to find, but for most of the race I was riding side-by-side with Antoine and that was really good fun. All-in-all I’m happy with how things are going and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Rod Faggotter, racing for Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team fought on for another impressive top-20 finish. Faggotter now sits in 17th position overall.

“Today we raced one more difficult stage with deep sand and difficult navigation. For me everything went well and I am feeling strong for the rest of the race. Today it was important to avoid taking risks and remain focused on navigation. We’ve had a rough week in the dunes of Peru and now we are heading towards the high altitudes of Bolivia. The first part of the race is done but there is still a long way to go. My bike has been running great during these first five days of racing and I am getting more and more confident to push.”

Aussie privateer Scott Britnell finished the fifth stage in 61st position, and he currently sits in 79th position overall.