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Toby Price defends against Honda team

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The Honda factory team is shaping to be the biggest threat to Aussie Toby Price scoring his third Dakar Rally win and the 19th consecutive victory for KTM.

Honda has the top three outright positions after yesterday’s 453km stage four of the rally in Saudi Arabia with Toby biding his time in fourth place outright.

It was a close stage with all top 20 riders, including Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha), within 13 minutes.

Dakar Rodney Faggotter team
Rodney Faggotter

“Crazy amounts of different terrain and dusty conditions have made for another tough day, a real reminder that we’re at the Dakar Rally, “says Toby.

“As tough as today was I’m happy to have a consistent day with only a couple of little mistakes. We’re sticking to our plan and are in a great position with plenty more racing ahead of us.

“I just need to stay focused and stick to my guns, with navigation being so damn full on my brain is fried and actually makes me feel like I do have some brains up there.”Toby Price KTM team

The stage was won  by Chilean rider Jose Florimo (Honda) followed by teammate Kevin Benavides with Toby sixth and less than three minutes behind.

He is now just over 12 minutes behind Honda rider Ricky Brabec who is hoping to be the first American to win the gruelling rally.

(Sorry it’s in Spanish, but the images are in English!)

Top 10 outright rankings

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALTY
1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 06′ 43”
2 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 09′ 13” + 00H 02′ 30”
3 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 15′ 14” + 00H 08′ 31” 00H 01′ 00”
4 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 18′ 52” + 00H 12′ 09” 00H 02′ 00”
5 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 15H 24′ 35” + 00H 17′ 52”
6 3 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 25′ 54” + 00H 19′ 11” 00H 05′ 00”
7 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 32′ 03” + 00H 25′ 20”
8 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 33′ 13” + 00H 26′ 30”
9 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 33′ 46” + 00H 27′ 03”
10 59 KLYMCIW RACING 15H 41′ 11” + 00H 34′ 28”

Other Aussies

Rodney Faggotter team
Rodney Faggotter

Rodney Faggotter finished 18th and moved back two places to 17th outright.

“It was a brutal day and plenty of potential to hurt yourself, so I just rode smooth as possible though most of the time the throttle was wedged non stop.

“Fast tracks, fast sand and a million rocks littered throughout to make it interesting.”

Other Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished a respectable 64th and moved up 10 places to 78th while Matthew Tisdall (KTM) finished last (121st) and moves up to 124th.

Tomorrow’s 353km special stage is mainly sand with large boulders as navigation markers.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmet
Jack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller is also putting his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction is open worldwide until on Sunday (12 January 2020) at 5pm (AEST).

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