Toby Price won on completion of a perfectly ridden stage, climbing up to third in the general standings.

Third last year, Toby Price has given the KTMs a second wind. Leading at all the intermediate points throughout the day, the Australian outclassed his rivals. Antoine Méo, second on the special, also enjoyed an excellent day. On his first experience of the Dakar, the five times world enduro champion is showing day after day that he is a very, very fast learner. Following on from the Frenchman, Stefan Svitko’s and Matthias Walkner’s performances meant that KTM grabbed the first four places. In the general standings, Gonçalves, finishing back in twelfth place today, 8 minutes behind the winner, retains the lead of the rally, 1’45” ahead of Svitko and 1’47” in front of Price.