While Toby Price experienced some difficulty during the later stages of last week with navigation issues seeing him drop down the leaderboard, the Hillston native has climbed back into contention after stage six.
Price takes on the marathon Stage Seven of the 2018 Dakar Rally in fifth spot less than 10 minutes behind the leader, Honda rider Kevin Benavides.
Price he tied for second place during Stage Six of the 2018 Dakar Rally.
He led the way at the seventh waypoint before the route headed back up a climb above 4,000m, and trailed eventual stage winner KTM teammate, Antoine Meo, by just 30 seconds at the end.
Stage 6 worked out really well for us today, we caught a little bit of rain at the halfway mark until the end of the stage which made for some slippery conditions. We finished 3rd and everything is feeling really good, we’ll continue to just cruise!#Dakar2018pic.twitter.com/lX9VcqTHqM— Toby Price (@tobyprice87) January 12, 2018
“I’m excited to get back out there for Stage Seven, today’s rest day has been good,” he posted on Saturday. I just got my road book for tomorrow and it’s fairly chunky, so it’s looking like a long day tomorrow with it being our first marathon stage.
“As we stand in the overall standing right now I’m happy just 9.5 minutes off the overall lead and considering where I was this time last year I’m just grateful to be out here competing and doing what I love!”
The rally crossed into Bolivia and tasted high altitude running on its sixth day, the 313km stage split into two with a neutralisation point at the Peru-Bolivia border.