News 14 Jan 2019

Price encountering increased discomfort in Dakar campaign

Australian encouraged by top three overall ranking.

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Toby Price says he’s experiencing increased discomfort with his injured wrist as he continues to charge through the 2019 Dakar Rally.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing ace fractured his right scaphoid last month in preparation for the event, although the Australian has still remained highly-competitive despite dealing with the injury.

Sitting third in overall classification after finishing fourth on stage six, Price is encouraged by his ranking as the ever-changing top five positions tighten up with four stages still to be run.

“It’s been a really tough day today,” Price declared. “My wrist is hurting more and more as the race goes on and it’s making things uncomfortable out there. I’ll keep cruising on though and I’m still in the race, it’s just a bit more like survival mode at the moment.

“Nevertheless, third overall with four stages left to race is encouraging. The goal is the same – make it safely to the finish – so I’ll keep on pushing on tomorrow.”

Just over five minutes behind leader Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), Price and the Dakar contingent will face the first looped timed special of the event in stage seven, with riders covering 323 kilometres against the clock near the town of San Juan de Marcona.

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