Aussie Toby Price gave KTM its 18th consecutive Dakar win today. The race came right down to a final-stage showdown between Aussie Price and Pablo Quintanilla. There was around 65 miles of racing and one minute separated them.
But the rider from Chile fell and injured his foot after just 7miles of the start. Price, riding with a broken wrist, stayed clear to take his second Dakar win from
Quintanilla’s spill allowed ex GP rider Matthias Walkner into runner-up place. Quintanilla was third while former American Supercross star Andrew Short was fourth.
Laster year’s winner Sam Sunderland had a troubled race but finished eighth. Laia Sanz was the top woman in 11th.
It was disaster for former IMBA champion Richard Main, riding in his first Dakar. Yesterday he had a big crash and has fractured his pelvis, has internal bleeding and 18 stitches in his chin. He was operated on at midnight to stabilise the fracture and try and stop the bleeding, and was being monitored every hour. We wish him well.