It was another blistering stage of the Dakar Rally for Australian Toby Price. After the navigational error on stage 10, Price has dropped the hammer, claiming his second win in the 13th stage. He is now closing in on second-place Kevin Benavides, but still sits 27 minutes behind the overall lead with one stage remaining.
Toby Price: “That was a great stage, I was leading from the front and it was really good fun. The tracks were fast, and rough in places so I pushed on as much as I could in those sections. Navigation wasn’t too difficult today, I made a couple of mistakes along the way but nothing huge. There were a lot of speed zones so you had to be careful not to overdo it there, but I did what I set out to do and won the stage. It would have been nice to take a little bit more time off Kevin (Benavides) in front, but there’s still one day left. If you’d told me six weeks ago I’d be here fighting for the podium I would have laughed at you. I’m really happy with how things have gone so far and I’ll see what I can do tomorrow.”
Overall standings – One stage remaining
1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 41:33:42
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 41:56:13 +22:31
3. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, 42:01:27 +27:45
4. Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, 42:23:59 +50:17
5. Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 42:35:01 +1:01:19