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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Price wins second Dakar title against the odds


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Australian enduro motorcyclist Toby Price has become a two-times winner of the Dakar Rally, while Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah won the main car category for a third time in Peru.

Price, battling a painful wrist injury, had led the gruelling endurance event on Wednesday night but with only a minute between him and Chilean Pablo Quintanilla.

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The Australian clinched his second title on Thursday, on a KTM, after he won the stage and Quintanilla fell.

Price won the 2016 Dakar title and finished third in both 2015 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Al-Attiyah became a three-times winner in the main category, finishing with a 46 minute advantage after taking no risks on the final stage.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, last year's car champion, won the closing 10th stage from Pisco with Al-Attiyah 12th and some nine minutes slower.

Sainz's compatriot Nani Roma, in an X-Raid Mini, finished second overall with nine times rally world champion Sebastien Loeb, runner-up in the stage, completing the podium with a privately-entered Peugeot in the absence of a works entry.

Al-Attiyah's previous Dakar wins were with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini in 2015.

Runner-up in 2018, the Qatari led after every stage bar the second day in this year's event when South African team mate Giniel de Villiers was ahead.

Russian Eduard Nikolaev secured his third successive Dakar title, and fourth in total, in the truck category with Kamaz.

-with AAP

Australian enduro motorcyclist Toby Price has become a two-times winner of the Dakar Rally, while Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah won the main car category for a third time in Peru.

Price, battling a painful wrist injury, had led the gruelling endurance event on Wednesday night but with only a minute between him and Chilean Pablo Quintanilla.

https://twitter.com/dakar/status/1085929683714232321

https://twitter.com/CarlyCookAus/status/1085921262935826432

The Australian clinched his second title on Thursday, on a KTM, after he won the stage and Quintanilla fell.

Price won the 2016 Dakar title and finished third in both 2015 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Al-Attiyah became a three-times winner in the main category, finishing with a 46 minute advantage after taking no risks on the final stage.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, last year's car champion, won the closing 10th stage from Pisco with Al-Attiyah 12th and some nine minutes slower.

Sainz's compatriot Nani Roma, in an X-Raid Mini, finished second overall with nine times rally world champion Sebastien Loeb, runner-up in the stage, completing the podium with a privately-entered Peugeot in the absence of a works entry.

Al-Attiyah's previous Dakar wins were with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini in 2015.

Runner-up in 2018, the Qatari led after every stage bar the second day in this year's event when South African team mate Giniel de Villiers was ahead.

Russian Eduard Nikolaev secured his third successive Dakar title, and fourth in total, in the truck category with Kamaz.

-with AAP http://bit.ly/2Ct41Gl
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