AUSSIE Toby Price has put his KTM back on the top step of the podium at the end of Stage Five of the 2016 Dakar rally.
The emphatic stage win has seen him leap from seventh to third and close the gap on the leader, Paulo Goncalves (Hon), to under two minutes.
Price was on the pace on Thursday, clocking the fastest time throughout the 328km timed special. Speaking about the two-day long marathon stage he commented: “They were long stages and I had to look after the bike and make sure we made no mistakes, and also look after the tires. Yesterday we were back a little bit but we still made some good times. Today was a stage win and we’re back in contention again and hopefully we can get a good day in tomorrow. Today was really fast tracks but the bike is holding up well. The special went from wide open to tight technical and I had to adjust to that. Now I have to maintain a good position each day.” Price also confirmed that he had no problems with the altitude, which has proved difficult for some riders.