News 8 Jan 2017

Smashed femur ends Price's Dakar Rally title defence

Australian crashes out while on a charge in southern Bolivia.

Source: Supplied.

Red Bull KTM factory rider Toby Price saw his 2017 Dakar Rally dashed after suffering a badly broken femur on Thursday during Stage Four.

After finishing third on debut in 2015 and winning in 2016, Price managed to win Stage Two, but will miss the remainder of this year’s running with his femur in four places.

Price, 27, was recovering from lost time at the beginning of Wednesday’s Stage Three after a navigational error and had been working hard to catch race leader Joan Barreda.

The Aussie had just got in front of him when he crashed in a riverbed at the 371km mark. The medical team reported he had broken his left femur when he was only a few kilometers from Tupiza in southern Bolivia, where the stage finished.