Price: Leading does not guarantee podium

Australian Toby Price says that despite him leading the motorcycle category of the Dakar Rally there is “no guarantee” he will be on top of the podium at Saturdays race end in Rosario, Argentina.

In Stage 10, Price finished behind winner Stefan Svitko and second placed Kevin Benavides but still maintains the overall lead by 23 minutes and 12 seconds from Svitko.

In and interview with media afterwards, Price acknowledged that the stage was a tough one.

“It was a key stage,” Price said. “I took it easy because my motorcycle struggled in the heat yesterday.

“I also focused on navigating. Two chaps came from behind and caught up with me, but I can’t complain, it was a good stage.”

Price added that with his healthy lead he was now able to take fewer risks over the last three stages of the rally.

“I can ride a bit more defensively now, no need to attack to gain time like I did yesterday,” Price said.

“I’ve got some margin, but no guarantee. Anything can happen; I’ve got to continue working. I must avoid any mistakes or missing waypoints.”