No other Australian has won the Dakar Rally which is perhaps the world’s most gruelling and dangerous motorsport event, claiming the lives of 31 competitors since it started in 1978, of which 23 were riders.
Toby started racing the lethal Dakar in 2015, finishing an astounding third on debut.
The following year he rode for the KTM Factory team and became the first Australian to win the rally.
He broke his leg in 2017 and last year finished third despite not racing for a year due to injury.
Just a month before the 2019 Dakar, Toby broke his wrist in training. His victory while nursing a “burning wrist” was all the more brave.
Apart from his Dakar wins, Toby was the first Australian to win the FIM World Cross Country Championship in 2018 and has a record six wins in Australia’s toughest motorcycle rally, the Finke Desert Race.
In fact, he won that race on debut, a feat he also achieved in the Hattah Dessert Race.
Toby has also won two Australian Junior Motocross Championships and the Australian Off-Road Racing Championship.
Dakar’s most prolific winner, Stéphane Peterhansel, scored his sixth win the year he turned 33. Marc Coma won his fifth Dakar Rally at the age of 39. So Toby, aged 31, still has several years of racing ahead of him and is hopeful of more Dakar wins.