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Price wins 1st stage of the Dakar on bikes

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Australian Toby Price (KTM) won today the first special of the off-road Dakar rally, in the motorcycle competition, and took the lead in the overall classification.

The KTM rider took advantage of the time lost by Honda’s main opponents, American Ricky Brabec and Spaniard Joan Barreda, who opened the track this morning, to take an important step towards winning the trophy.

Price completed the 277 kilometers of today’s special, which connected Jeddah to Bisha, 1.29 minutes ahead of Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda) and 2.49 minutes ahead of Austrian Mathias Walkner (KTM).

Joaquim Rodrigues Jr. (Hero) was the best Portuguese, finishing in the group of the first riders on the track, giving 13.11 minutes to the winner, being provisionally in 17th position.

The race starts and ends in Jeddah, with about eight thousand kilometers of course, ending on January 15th.

Today, the first of 12 stages is disputed, which links Jeddah to Bisha, in a total of 622 kilometers, 277 of them timed.

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