Dakar Bikes, Stage 13: Price seals victory, Quintanilla tops final test

Toby Price was crowned 2016 Dakar Rally champion in the motorcycle category, as Pablo Quintanilla claimed a first stage win of the event on the final day.

Factory KTM rider Price seized the lead of the rally on the eighth stage, and gradually pulled clear of his rivals - helped when closest rival Paulo Goncalves fell out of contention with a broken radiator on Stage 9.

Price began the final stage, a 180km dash from Villa Carlos Paz to the finish line in Rosario, with a lead of 37 minutes, and completed the day in fourth place to confirm outright victory in only his second Dakar.

It marks the first time the Dakar has been won by an Australian, as well as KTM's 15th successive triumph in the motorcycle class.

Price ended with a 39m41s cushion over KTM privateer Stefan Svitko, who secured his best-ever Dakar finish in second, while Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla completed the podium, 48 minutes adrift.

Quintanilla also secured his first ever stage win, beating Kevin Benavides (Honda) by 1m41s and Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) by 2m37s. 

In the process, Dakar rookie Benavides overhauled Rodrigues to move up to fourth overall, while the latter's Yamaha teammate Adrian van Beveren took sixth at the expense of KTM's Antoine Meo.

An ostensibly injured Meo, whose chances of a podium in his maiden Dakar faded on Friday after a fall, lost a further 48 minutes on the final stage.

Gerard Farres (KTM), top Honda factory rider Ricky Brabec and Armand Monelon (KTM) completed the top 10 finishers overall.

Final standings:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 3

 Toby Price

KTM

48h09m15s
2 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

39m41s
3 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

48m48s
4 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

54m47s
5 7

 Helder Rodrigues

Yamaha

55m44s
6 42

 Adrien van Beveren

Yamaha

1h46m29s
7 49

 Antoine Meo

KTM

1h56m47s
8 23  Gerard Farres KTM 2h01m00s
9 48

 Ricky Brabec

Honda 2h11m27s
10 45  Armand Monleon KTM 3h27m49s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 13: Villa Carlos Paz - Rosario
Drivers Toby Price , Pablo Quintanilla
Article type Stage report
Tags bike