Esports
03 Jun
-
03 Jun
Event finished
Formula 1
R
Styrian GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
36 days
MotoGP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
64 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
71 days
NASCAR Cup
31 May
-
31 May
Event finished
07 Jun
-
07 Jun
Race in
5 days
IndyCar
06 Jun
-
06 Jun
Practice in
4 days
WEC
13 Aug
-
15 Aug
Next event in
71 days
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
-
21 Nov
Next event in
169 days
Supercars
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
23 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
44 days

Price shocked with Dakar triumph

shares
comments
Price shocked with Dakar triumph
By:
Jan 16, 2016, 11:05 PM

Toby Price says he is “in shock” after becoming the first Australian to win a Dakar title.

Bike category winner Toby Price, KTM
Bike category winner Toby Price, KTM
#3 KTM: Toby Price
#3 KTM: Toby Price
#3 KTM: Toby Price
#3 KTM: Toby Price and #47 Honda: Kevin Benavides
#3 KTM: Toby Price

The Aussie dominated the Bike class, beating fellow KTM rider Stefan Svitko by more than 23 minutes.

The win means he’s the first Australian to win a Dakar, and comes in just his second attempt at the gruelling rally.

“I don't know what to say, I don't know what to think... I'm in shock, I never would've thought I could win this race in my second participation,” he said.

“Being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane. I would've never imagined this two years ago. Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing!

“I tackled the race in true Aussie style. I attacked when I had to, when the time was right, and I kept an eye on my bike during the all-important marathon stages. I also navigated rather well.

“I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won't be easy, so I've got to savour this victory."

Not life-changing, but special

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Price said that his immediate plans post-Dakar involve the beach and a celebratory beverage.

“I’ll go to the beach and I'll take one, two or five beers,” said Price.

“It won’t change my life, but I think it will be something special in my life. There are many people competing in the Dakar and not many can do it.

"The plan was to be on the podium this year, so it has gone better than we thought.

“It has been two difficult weeks, and a lot of work, very hot, and sometimes very crazy. It has been a difficult Dakar.”

Interview by Luis Ramirez

Next article
Nasser seals runner-up spot on his 12th Dakar Rally

Previous article

Nasser seals runner-up spot on his 12th Dakar Rally

Next article

Duclos, Vayssade complete Dakar for Sherco TVS

Duclos, Vayssade complete Dakar for Sherco TVS
Load comments

About this article

Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Drivers Toby Price
Author Andrew van Leeuwen