Toby Price has re-signed with KTM’s factory rally raid racing team, keeping him with Team Orange for another two years. That means we should expect to see him back at Dakar in 2022.
Price has been with KTM for a long time, even before his first Dakar Rally in 2015 (he won most of the Aussie offroad titles wayyyy back in 2010 riding a KTM). Since he’s started rally raid racing, he’s picked up right where aliens Marc Coma and Cyril Despres left off, with a third-place podium in his inaugural effort, as well as the 2018 and 2020 races. He won the race in 2016 and 2019 and has never finished off the podium (he withdrew in 2017 and 2021 due to injury).
It’s not just his podiums and championships that endear him to fans and his managers alike. Price rides with a gutsy never-say-die approach, racing with broken or barely-healed bones and bodged-together machinery. In 2021, his Stage 8 ride with a split tire is already a part of Dakar legend.
What’s next for Price? Despite the rumours he was headed to race offroad cars, this contract extension through 2023 means he should be back at Dakar on a bike next year. We’ll probably see him at some of the FIM’s Cross Country Rallies events this year, if his shoulder is patched up properly (this injury was the reason he exited the 2021 Dakar).
“The whole team and crew have been a huge part of my racing for the past four or five years, so I’m really happy to still be a part of it, and we’re developing the new bike too, which is going well,” Price said after the signing. “My injury seems to be healing well.
“There were definitely some unwanted complications at first, but now after three surgeries I’m in a much better place. I’d say I’m around 60-70% fit, so not far away from being ready to go. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on two wheels and racing my bike again. The plan is to get back on the bike as soon as it’s safe to do so and build things up before heading back overseas to do some racing again.”