News 18 Sep 2018

Desafio Inca rally still valuable for Price amid GPS difficulties

Australian lodges second fastest time on final stage in Peru.

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Despite suffering a costly GPS error on the second day of the Desafio Inca rally, Australian Toby Price still found the event valuable in his preparation for a second Dakar Rally crown in 2019.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing ace showed strong pace in the early stages, although on day two, an issue with his GPS saw him forced to turn back to validate a missed waypoint, resulting in a 16th place finish for the day.

He bounced back on the final stage to lodge the second fastest time for ninth overall, however the navigation throughout the rally featured a number of segments that replicate Dakar, which comes as beneficial experience for the Queenslander.

“Day three went well, I was glad to get a good finish on the final day,” said Price. “Thankfully we were able to resolve the problem we had from yesterday and had a clean run through today.

“The overall result for the rally isn’t quite what we wanted but the goal when we came here was always to get time on the bike in the dunes and concentrate on learning the navigation through the area. From here we’ll concentrate on Morocco and hopefully get a good result at the final round of the world championship.”

Price will be back out on track for the final round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Morocco on 3 October.