Toby Price crashes out of Dakar

Toby Price crashes out of Dakar

Toby Price
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Pre-race motorbike Dakar favourite Toby Price crashed out of the 2017 edition of the race. He was airlifted off the course with a broken femur.

Price, who won last year’s event by more than 40 minutes, had been among the leading contenders in the event despite a navigational issue had dropped him down to fifth on stage three.

But on Stage 4 he crashed out and had to be airlifted to hospital with his broken limb.

It means that with the 29-year-old Australian, the motorbike class will see a new event winner. Austria’s Matthias Walkner won the fourth stage.

“The bad thing is that Toby crashed. I hope he is more or less ok. I stopped with him and then they showed me that it was over for him. Health is the most important thing and I hope that he’s ok. Of course, I’m happy to finish first, but I hope he’s ok. We’re not even half way there and the finish is so far away”, Walkner said.

Toby Price’s crash means there will be a new winner in the motorbike class

That is the second high profile incident of the day after Nasser Al-Attiyah’s withdrawal. The Qatari driver lost more than two hours in the third stage with mechanical problems. His Toyota team announced that the damages were too extensive for him to continue.