Price wins second stage of Dakar Rally motorcycle event

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 4 (IANS) Defending champion Toby Price has won the second stage of the Dakar Rally’s motorcycle category.

The 29-year-old Australian finished the 274km stage from Resistencia to Tucuman in Argentina in two hours 37 minutes on Tuesday and 32 seconds, reports Xinhua news agency.

His KTM teammate, Austria’s Matthias Walkner, was second, three minutes and 51 seconds behind, and Paulo Goncalves of Portugal was third, four minutes and six seconds off the pace.

“It was a really, really fast stage but with no navigation,” Price said.

“It was a really long day: we had a 274km special and we’re at 38 or 40C right now, so it’s definitely been a hot one on the bike.”

Price leads the overall standings ahead of Walkner and Goncalves.