A day after the heartbreak of a navigation error dropped him almost an hour behind the race leader, Australian KTM racer Toby Price came back with a fury, winning Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally from Belen to Fiambala overnight.
Price has continued to gain momentum in his comeback ride after nearly a year off through injury, and the win was his fourth podium of the event, but his first time standing on the top step this year.
The Gold Coast resident chomped an even 10 minutes out of the lead of KTM Red Bull team mate Matthias Walkner, and leap-frogged from fifth back to third after more than 37 hours of competitive racing.
The 40th edition of the Dakar also saw fellow Queensland resident Rod Faggotter on the move, gaining an impressive 16th place for the Stage on the back of yesterday's impressive 13th.
He has now moved into 16th place in General Classification.
Stage 11 Belen to Fiambala:
1 Toby Price Red Bull KTM Factory Team 04h 01' 33''
2 Kevin Benavides Monster Energy Honda Team + 00h 01' 38''
3 Antoine Meo Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 00h 06' 31''
16 Rodney Faggotter Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team + 00h 41' 11''
Dakar Overall Rankings:
1 Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team 36h 33' 37'' 00h 01' 00''
2 Kevin Benavides Monster Energy Honda Team + 00h 32' 00''
3 Toby Price Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 00h 39' 17''
18 Rodney Faggotter Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team + 03h 21' 14''