Price in shock after Dakar Rally success

New South Wales motorbike rider Toby Price was already thinking about defending his title after becoming the first Australian competitor to win any category in the Dakar Rally.

The 28-year-old also became the first person to take out a division of the gruelling event at just their second start - he finished third on debut last year.

"Being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane," he said. "I don't know what to say, I don't know what to think… I'm in shock, I never would've thought I could win this race in my second participation.

"Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing."

 

 

After taking the lead in the motorbike category for the first time on stage eight, Price built his margin to more than 37 minutes by the 13th and final stage.

Determined to avoid any last-minute disasters, he came in fourth on the 180km ride to Rosario in Argentina, finishing 39 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of KTM teammate Stefan Svitko on the overall standings.

"I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won't be easy," he said when asked about returning next year.

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel claimed his 12th Dakar crown in the cars division, piloting his Peugeot to a 35-minute margin over Qatar's Nasser Al Attiyah in a Mini.


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