I'll jump in on the Toby fan freight train for a minute, and add a touch of balance (as an Australian) to the "aussie" praise being heaped on him. It is great that there are so many that have taken Toby to their "corner". His story is well known by now and the legion of f5ans (both on here, back home in Australia and now on the world scene) has been meteororic. well deserved also... the humble, grateful, respectful AND unquestionably talented rider that he is... he's also a great person. Yes, many of his friends and fans back in Australia already knew that... now the DAKAR community does also. He represents his land, his sport and his sponsors with great credit! As far as the "extra terrestrial acclaim" * that he has recieved this last couple of days goes. (* see what I did there Beechum...? ) I would just like to submit this counter viewpoint to the debate, before lurkin's euphoric f5an enthusiam takes off the whole damnned leg. Yeah sure, Toby has lead out two stages from DSS to ASS, opened the road the whole way and made time on his pursuers... no question about it, impressive against a very strong field. So too (moreso I would say) his demonstration on the shortened SS9 and yesterdays SS10... when he "sat in behind" after WP1 for the rest of the stage to shadow his pursuers. very savvy. BUT... as one inmate (I can't remember who... maybe Quietus or Beechum...?) pointed out yesterday... to date (have not checked this morning) there have been very few (if not zero) penalties awarded for "missed WPM's" this year...? normally by this stage, there would be a plethora of them, all up and down the rankings. To the pure and objective DAKAR results analyst in me, this statistic would indicate indicate that the navigation this 2016 DAKAR was "easier" than in recent editions? the reason for this...? Is it because of the re-routed Peru withdrawal? Is it due to the new "Coma factor" and the methodoligy used by he and the recce team to set out the stages? Or is it due to the fact that the "most" navigational critical stages of this years rally have been, shortend cancelled or in some way altered, due to the weather? Maybe a combination of all three+ My point being, that Toby has shown he is a force... a force that is to be reckoned with... last years debut was not a fluke. like so many of the top 20 "young turks" that have come onto the scene in the last three years, his riding talent is phenomenal. The advantage for god gifted riders like this, is that when they are functioning (riding) at 75 to 85% of their capacity... they are still travelling across the planet at a rate that 99% of the field would be pressed to maintain with 100% focus. it's that reserve 30 to 15% percent that this guys have, to give attention to the navigation, or "turn it up a notch"... as Toby demonstrated on SS9 all the way through the worst that Fiambala could muster. So... in mind of deadly99's eternal search for the "what constitutes an alien" question... I've come up with a definition that works for me. "xtra-terrestrial" a rider with moto skills that are not of this world. (there are a number of these hatchlings on this years DAKAR). "alien" once full grown, these xtra-terrestrials dominate and DEVOUR their competition. Last year Toby "hatched"... this year he seems hungry.