KTM rider Toby Price is now in defence mode of his lead in the 2016 Dakar Rally after a third place in Stage 10 in the Argentinian sand dunes.
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While Toby finished third to Slovak Štefan Svitko (KTM) in his maiden win and second-placed Kevin Benavides (Honda) in his home country, he is still the overall leader by 23:12 minutes over Svitko with just three stages to go.
In fact, it’s more like just two stages as the last day is more of a short procession for the crowds.
He’s also come through unscathed with no bike issues on what is a marathon stage where no mechanics are allowed to access the bikes overnight and riders have to do their own maintenance.
Meanwhile, his biggest threat, Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) of Portugal, is now back in third place overall after a disastrous Stage 9 when he lost the lead to Toby by crashing into a tree and putting a hole in his radiator.
Toby is Australia’s only entrant in the gruelling rally. He has won five stages, while no other rider this year has won more than one.
He is also now the most successful Australian in the 37-year history of the famed rally.
While mainstream media continues to pay only minor attention to Toby’s phenomenal performance, SBS provides daily coverage of the event at 5pm.
Now he has the hopes of a nation riding with him to ascend to the top step of the podium.