SOUTH AMERICA. Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally has thwarted Australian KTM rider Toby Price’s rally aspirations after crashing out only 45kms from the stage finish of the 416km race distance, breaking his left femur on route from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, to Tupiza, Bolivia.
Thankfully, Portuguese born Honda rider, Paulo Goncalves was quickly on hand to assist and raise the alarm to officials as the 29-year-old Aussie rider was forced to wait, no doubt in an incredible amount of pain, for a medical helicopter and transit to a local hospital.
After the drama unfolded, Goncalves then went on to push his Honda to 11th position for the day, over the finish line at only +00:14:56 behind the leader.
Price’s team mate Matthias Walkner (Austria) claimed the stage and the day pushing his 450 Rally Replica for the leading time of 4h57m22s. Walkner is now KTM’s leading rider and Dakar hopeful for 2017.
Australian riders that ended the day were, Todd Smith finishing the lengthy stage at +00:23:11, placing in 15th for the day, and Matthew Hart, brining his Husky home in 52nd position at +01:20:14 behind the pace.
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