Honda take top 4 in Dakar day 3

Honda has stamped its authority on the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia by dominating the top four overall positions after day three and the second day of the super marathon.

Meanwhile, Aussie two-time winner and current title holder Toby Price was running in the top four when he and Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait veered 900m off the track.

Toby price
Toby spent time lost in the Saudi desert

He lost valuable time trying to navigate his way back on track. There was also controversy when a waypoint wasn’t where it was indicated on the road book.

Toby remains in ninth place, biding his time for an attack in the second week of the gruelling event.

The Monster Energy Team took five of the top five slots for the 504km stage led by American Ricky Brabec (top photo), while Tony came in 35 minutes later in 11th.

He is 38 minutes from Brabec in overall timing in his fight to defend his title and pick up a 19th consecutive Dakar win for KTM.

The two-day super marathon stage is a field leveller as riders have to do their own work on bikes and even teammates can’t help.

Toby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage
Toby works on his bike

Top 10 outright rankings

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALTY
1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 17′ 56”
2 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 32′ 58” + 00H 15′ 02” 00H 01′ 00”
3 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 33′ 10” + 00H 15′ 14”
4 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 34′ 08” + 00H 16′ 12”
5 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 35′ 52” + 00H 17′ 56”
6 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 37′ 40” + 00H 19′ 44”
7 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 11H 39′ 21” + 00H 21′ 25”
8 3 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 52′ 34” + 00H 34′ 38”
9 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 56′ 19” + 00H 38′ 23” 00H 02′ 00”
10 10 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 12H 11′ 56” + 00H 54′ 00”

Other AussiesRodney Faggotter

The three other Aussies in the motorcycle category have not yet finished.

They are Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) who was 17th outright, Ben Young (KTM, 92nd) and Matthew Tisdall (Duust, 131).

Tomorrow’s 453km special stage is equal parts stony and sandy.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby (right) is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller is also putting his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction is open worldwide until Friday at 5pm (AEST).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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