Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Australian within touching distance of bike lead as Al-Attiyah wins his fifth stage.

Toby Price kept within touching distance of Dakar Rally glory after his makeshift repair – using cable ties to fix his back wheel – held on a marathon stage eight. And in the car class, Nasser Al-Attiyah took a fifth stage victory to close the gap on Stéphane Peterhansel.

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- Price’s hopes of continuing looked under threat with no support crews overnight and competitors left to make their own running repairs. But the two-time winner’s efforts after a massive gash appeared in his rear tyre with no spare available held together for the 375-kilometre timed section between Sakaka and Neom.

- The Australian explained: “I tried to fix the issue as much as I could. By the time I got to refuel at 229km I was down to one cable left on my rear tyre, the rest had come off. I did my best to keep momentum, not accelerate hard and ride smart.”

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel

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- His running repairs helped him hold onto second place a minute behind Nacho Cornejo. Price’s Red Bull KTM Factory teammate Sam Sunderland is third after a punishing stage.

- At the end of stage eight, Sunderland said: “It looks like my bike is beat up but, if you saw the terrain it’s been through, it’s really not that bad. Two days with the same tyres and wheels and no service.”
 

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Sam Sunderland

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- Dakar debutant Daniel Sanders’s body rather than his bike took a beating following a fall in the dunes but he is fit enough to carry on. As he put it, “I didn’t cut any bones…but the cut needed some stitches.”

- In the car class, Qatari Al-Attiyah moved to within five minutes of the race lead with four final days in which to attack. He said: “We kept the car in one piece which is good because, in some places, we were pushing a lot. We get three minutes back on Stéphane today and we will keep going day by day.”

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Baulanger

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- Teenager Seth Quintero is in second and within 10 minutes of Austin Jones’ lead in the lightweight vehicles race. And the 18-year-old Quintero said: “It’s going to be a long four days but hopefully we can be there at the end.”

- But it was a day to forget for his fellow Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team driver Cristina Gutiérrez, whose gearbox trouble stopped her from starting stage eight. The stage win went to Chaleco López.

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Seth Quintero

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- In the truck class, Anton Shibalov led home a Russian one-two-three on the stage with Dmitry Sotnikov still in the lead. Meanwhile, former Dakar quad race winner Ignacio Casale enjoyed a top-five finish against his more experienced truck rivals.

- The Dakar resumes on Tuesday for a 465km loop around the Neom bivouac against the clock for stage nine.

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Ignacio Casale

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Overall standings after Stage Eight

Car

1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) X-Raid Mini 29h36m49s
2. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Toyota Gazoo +00h04m50s
3. Carlos Sainz (ESP) X-Raid Mini +00h38m55s

Bike

1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo Honda 32h00m11s
2. Toby Price (AUS) Red Bull KTM +00h01m06s
3. Sam Sunderland (GBR) Red Bull KTM +00h05m57s

Truck

1. Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS) Kamaz Master 32h34m18s
2. Anton Shibalov (RUS) Kamaz Master +00h43m28s
3. Ayrat Mardeev (RUS) Kamaz Master +01h13m15s

Lightweight vehicle

1. Austin Jones (USA) Can-Am +36h13m48s
2. Seth Quintero (USA) Red Bull Offroad +00h09m31s
3. F Lopez (CHL) Can-Am +00h19m51s

Price's running repairs keep him in the hunt for a third Dakar title

Dmitry Sotnikov

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