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Toby Price loses time in Dakar dunes

Toby Price in the dunes

Aussie Toby Price lost 16 valuable minutes when his rear tyre came off in the sand dunes on stage six of the first Dakar Rally to be held in Saudi Arabia.

The stage was won by American and Honda factory team rider Ricky Brabec who moves further ahead in outright first as the competitors reach a valuable half-way rest day in the gruelling event.

Toby, who is the title holder chasing his third Dakar victory and KTM’s record 19th consecutive win, finished 11th.

He had been just nine minutes off the leader in second outright, but now slips one spot to third, some 25 minutes off the pace.Toby Price in the dunes

Top 5 rankings

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 23H 43′ 47”
3 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 24H 09′ 26” + 00H 25′ 39” 00H 02′ 00”
4 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 24H 09′ 28” + 00H 25′ 41” 00H 01′ 00”
5 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 24H 16′ 45” + 00H 32′ 58”

Down in the dunes

The 455km special sage was 100% sand dunes which usually favour Toby who has won the Australian Finke race a record four times and the Hattah Desert Race five times.

However, he ran into some bad luck.

“Today’s stage started out really good,” Toby says.

“We were navigating really well from the front and I was only losing small amounts of time on the riders who started behind me so I was quite happy with the way I was racing, but unfortunately around the 400km mark my rear tyre fell off!Toby Price in the dunes

“I have no idea why this would have happened but I’m super grateful that Andrew Short pulled up and gave me his wheel which allowed me to get to the finish as quick as possible so thank you again for this mate.

Overall I’m pretty gutted that this is how we finished up today but I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Toby can be expected to come out fighting in the second week of the rally as he usually does.

Meanwhile, Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) was 16th, moving up three outright spots to 13th.Rodney Faggotter in the dunes

Fellow Aussie Ben Young (KTM) again finished a respectable 60th in his second Dakar, but dropped two spots to 66th.

Matthew Tisdall (KTM) finished 104th out of 117 stage finishers and is up six places to 107th outright. 

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmet
Jack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller is also putting his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction is open worldwide until on Sunday (12 January 2020) at 5pm (AEST).