Toby Price crowned King of Dakar With Broken Wrist
January 18, 2019
Mitsubishi Triton ambassador, Toby Price has won his second Dakar Rally motorbike title by winning a dramatic final stage into Lima.
Price came into the 10th and final stage after racing almost 5,200 kilometres with one minute’s lead over Chilean rider, Pablo Quintanilla.
Only 10 kilometres into the dune-heavy, 112-kilometre course from Pisco to the Peruvian capital, Quintanilla fell off his bike and injured his foot, resulting in him losing 19 minutes to drop to an overall fourth and leaving Price to claim the stage win.
Falling under a serious injury cloud, Price was concerned that the broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist would lead to him only being able to endure two stages then pull out. But support and luck kept him in the hunt, going for broke on Tuesday’s eighth stage to take the overall lead.
“It’s very crazy to sit here and say that we won the Dakar Rally with no stage victories until today. It’s really crazy. I’m over the moon. The pain and torture has been worth it.”
“Pretty much all I can say is that it feels like there are about five people driving a knife in my wrist now”, Price said after 10 painful days of being bumped across the dunes and desert.
“I thought I would only be able to do two stages and then pull out and that would have been me done, but the support from everyone back home in Australia, and then having some things go my way and a bit of luck, it just worked out in the end.