Former Dakar winner Toby Price fought through the pain of a damaged wrist on the 225-mile stage eight to take the overall lead with a podium as Ricky Brabec was forced out with a blown engine.
Price said he was at his maximum on the Red Bull KTM and just had to shut off the pain from his wrist.
“Today, I knew it had to count. That was my maximum today, so any more than that, well… I can’t do any more. My wrist is on fire now, so it’s been a long stage, 360 km, but we’ve made it here to the finish and there’s just two more to go – this is a good thing,” said Price.
“For the wrist you’ve just got to somehow shut it off. There’s times when you can rest it and when you can’t, but it’s just difficult, though when you throw your helmet on and you go and ride your bike, you just want to do the best you can, and try and do it all again.”