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Dakar Rally – stage four report

Price suffers race-ending injury following high-speed fall

Matthias Walkner

STAGE FOUR of the 2017 Dakar Rally saw front-runner Toby Price suffer a high-speed fall on the route from San Salvador de Jujuy to Tupiza. The Australian, winner of last year’s race, lost control of his Red Bull KTM factory bike at over 90kmh and suffered a break to his left thigh bone. He was air lifted to hospital and his chance of defending his title is now over.

It wasn’t all bad news for KTM though, as Price’s team mate Matthias Walkner claimed his first stage victory of the race. Walkner seized his win during the latter part of the sage, taking victory from HRC Honda rider and overall leader Joan Barreda, who was dominant throughout most of the 521km route.

Yamaha also had a strong stage, with riders Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait both finishing inside the top 10.

British rider Sam Sunderland is continuing his strong performance in this year’s race – he claimed a second place finish on his KTM 450 Rally and is currently second in the overall standings.

Image: Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

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