Toby Price First Australian winner in Dakar Rally History
Price finished fourth on the 13th and final stage of the world’s toughest off-road race to easily finish top of the overall bike standings.
The 28-year-old from Singleton in the Hunter Valley started the day more than 37 minutes in front and finished the 180km stage to Rosario in Argentina in 1:55:49 to extend his lead by more than two minutes and win the bikes section by 39:41.
“I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think. I’m in shock,” Price said after taking the chequered flag.
“I never would’ve thought I could win this race in my second participation. This is incredible for my family, my friends and my fans back in Australia.
“Winning in my second participation is awesome, but being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane. I would’ve never imagined this two years ago. Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing.
“I tackled the race in true Aussie style. I attacked when I had to, when the time was right, and I kept an eye on my bike during the all-important marathon stages.
“I also navigated rather well. I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won’t be easy, so I’ve got to savour this victory.”
As a privateer last year, Price was third on debut to equal the best effort by an Australian rider in the history of the rally, which was first held in 1979.
He earned a deal with premier team, Red Bull KTM Factory Rally, and dominated the 2016 edition with five stage wins.