Toby Price stops to help fallen rider

Aussie Toby Price (pictured above) and others stopped to help fallen riderPaulo Goncalves yesterday (12 January 2020) in the Dakar Rally.

They came across the Portuguese rider at the 276km mark of the epic 546 stage.

Paulo was unconscious and Toby and some other riders stayed with him until the helicopters arrived. Sadly, Paulo passed away in hospital.

He had raced in every rally since his debut in 2006 with four top 10 finishes and a second place in 2015.

Stage eight of the rally today has been cancelled in Paulo’s honour.

Toby still in contention

Toby finished 51st on the longest stage of the Saudi Arabian event, but the time he spent helping Paulo was deducted and his overall position adjusted.

On the adjusted timings, Toby is fourth overall and only 28 minutes behind the leaders.

The seventh stage was won by Spaniard Joan Barreda Bort, ahead of Toby’s KTM teammates Matthias Walkner (Austria) and Luciano Benavides (Argentina) with Bort’s Honda teammate, Ricky Brabec, in fourth (USA).

Barreda BortBarreda Bort

Ricky now leads outright and looks the most consistent rider with two stage wins.

If victorious, he would be the first American to win the Dakar and it would halt the impressive 18 consecutive wins for KTM.

Top 5 rankings

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALTY
1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 28H 25′ 01”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 28H 49′ 49” + 00H 24′ 48”
3 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 28H 52′ 02” + 00H 27′ 01” 00H 01′ 00”
4 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 28H 53′ 45” + 00H 28′ 44” 00H 02′ 00”
5 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 28H 54′ 30” + 00H 29′ 29”

Other Aussies

Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) has now moved to be right with Toby.

He finished the epic stage in 17th, moving up two outright spots to be 12th.Rodney Faggotter in the dunes

Fellow Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished strongly in 54th place in his second Dakar, moving up nine positions to 57th overall.

Matthew Tisdall (KTM) had his best finish yet with 99th place and is now 102nd outright.

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 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.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmetJack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

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

The auction has now closed with 22 bids and the winner bidding  $18,000.

Jack will sign and send the helmet to the winning bidder

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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