News 6 Oct 2016

Price maintains advantage after stage three in Morocco

Australian counterpart Faggotter currently positioned in 11th.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price continues to lead the final round of the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship in Morocco following the completion of the third stage on Wednesday.

Price currently holds an overall advantage of 1m58s after placing second behind Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Honda), which will see the Australian start second on Thursday’s fourth stage, allowing him to no longer lead the field as they navigate into open track.

“Stage three today was definitely difficult with the navigation,” Price explained. “I was glad to be at the finish line on both days and to get the marathon out of the way. The bike is in good shape and we’re looking forward to stage four.”

“Tomorrow will be difficult but I go off second behind Kevin (Benavides) and at the moment I’m battling with Sam (Sunderland) so it’s going to be a tight one right to the finish. As long as we can stay on the navigation and don’t make any big errors it should be good.”

Fellow Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Sam Sunderland currently sits second in the overall standings after completing stage three’s marathon test in fourth, which saw riders negotiate 390 kilometres of desert and dunes, which included a 315-kilometre timed special.

Benavides rounds out the podium in third after leading the field across the line in the third stage, while newly signed Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider and Australian Rodney Faggotter sits 11th after placing ninth on Wednesday’s stage.