Price with sore shoulder after multi-bike crash on Dakar Stage 5

Toby Price is second overall in the Dakar despite a crash on Stage 5

Toby Price is second overall in the Dakar despite a crash on Stage 5

Red Bull KTM’s Toby Price has been left with a sore shoulder after being caught up in a rival rider’s crash on Stage 5 of the 2023 Dakar Rally.

The Australian sits second overall at 2:07s off the pace despite a tumultuous 373km special around Ha’il, during which a promising start came unstuck when he was among four riders to get lost just before the refuel.

That mishap cost Price the stage lead but more trouble was to follow when Joan Barreda Bort crashed his Honda in front of the two-time Dakar champion.

“[It was a] Tough stage,” said Price.

“We got lost a little bit this morning [and] we lost a little bit more time there.

“Barreda had a crash in front of us and I ended up hitting him; more the bike… I’m not sure, I pretty much shut my eyes.

“So, we stopped for him for about five or six minutes and made sure he was all good, and he continued on.

“All in all, it’s been not a bad stage. I don’t think we’ve lost so much time but still plenty more racing to go yet.

“We’ll just get back [to the bivouac], have a look at this shoulder, and get it all sorted for the next day.”

Price, Pablo Quintanilla, and Skyler Howes were all credited with four to five minutes after the conclusion of the stage, elevating the former in the overall classification but giving the latter an even bigger lead than the 44 seconds which he originally enjoyed.

Barreda Bort finished Stage 5 and is sixth overall, 9:24s behind Howes.

“For me, it was a really difficult stage,” said the Spaniard as he looked back on his crash.

“I was opening in the morning, but we make some difficult about navigation before refuelling.

“Then we catch some riders together and we were until the finish, but I had a crash at 30 kilometres before the end.

“I hit a little bit my head on the ground and I was a little bit confused.

“But I received the help of my team-mates and we were together until the finish.”

Overall classification: Bikes Top 10, Updated

Pos Rider Nat Team Time/Gap
1 Skyler HOWES USA Husqvarna Factory Racing 23:16:37
2 Toby PRICE AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:02:07
3 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:05:16
4 Mason KLEIN USA BAS World KTM Racing Team +0:06:12
5 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +0:08:54
6 Joan BARREDA BORT ESP Monster Energy JB Team +0:09:24
7 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +0:10:26
8 Daniel SANDERS AUS Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing +0:17:50
9 Jose Ignacio CORNEJO FLORIMO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +0:22:04
10 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Husqvarna Factory Racing +0:25:03

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