Toby Price has a list of achievements any Off-Road competitor would be proud of.
He has won the Tatts Finke Desert race six times, the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) and the Hattah Desert Race 5 times.
He has also won the Australian 4 Day Enduro (A4DE) twice.
Toby has represented Australia at 4 International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) events.
To top it off, he won the Dakar Rally in 2016 on his second attempt and won it again in 2019 with a broken wrist. He would certainly be one of Australia’s most successful Off-Road Racers.
Rider: Toby Joseph Price
Date of Birth: 18th August 1987
Place of Birth: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Lives: Singleton, New South Wales
Team: KTM Off-Road Racing Team until 2015. Now represents Red Bull Factory KTM Rally team.
Toby began riding motorbikes at age 2 and was winning races by age 4.
His father John Price was an Australian Off Road Buggy champion in 1989. He sold the vehicle to pay for motorbikes for his boys and concentrate on Toby’s racing career.
In 2003 he won both Australian Junior Championships in the 125cc class and 250cc four-stroke class. Just 12 weeks earlier he had broken both wrists.
In 2004 he turned professional riding for Kawasaki Australia. His progress was hampered by injuries and he quit the sport to work a full-time job for a construction company.
In 2008 he returned to racing and was offered a contract by Kawasaki to compete in Enduro racing. It was a turning point in his career.
In 2013 he crashed competing in the AMA Hare and Hound Championship in California and broke three vertebrae in his neck. He was lucky not to be paralyzed from the neck down.
Toby now has a steel rod screwed to the vertebrae in his neck which will remain there for life.
Toby followed that up in 2016 with a 1st place, winning stages 2,5,6,8 and 9. He is the first competitor to win Dakar on their second attempt, and also the first non-European to win the Bikes category.
In 2017 he competed again but did not finish. He crashed heavily in stage 4 and broke his left femur. He had won stage 2.
He was unable to compete on motorbikes in the Tatts Finke Desert Race due to doctor’s orders. Instead, he competed in the Buggies section but did not finish due to engine failure.
Major Championship Titles
- 2009 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
- 2010 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2010 Hattah Desert Race
- 2010 Australian 4 Day Enduro (A4DE)
- 2010 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
- 2011 Hattah Desert Race
- 2011 Australian 4 Day Enduro (A4DE)
- 2012 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2012 Hattah Desert Race
- 2012 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
- 2014 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2014 Hattah Desert Race
- 2014 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
- 2014 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) E3
- 2014 A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix
- 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2015 Hattah Desert Race
- 2015 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
- 2016 Dakar Rally
- 2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
- 2016 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2016 Rallye OiLibya du Maroc
- 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race
- 2019 Dakar Rally
2018 Update: Toby has finished in 3rd place. A fantastic effort so soon after injury. Bring on Dakar 2019.
2019 Update: Toby has won his second Dakar Rally. Overcoming the pain of a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist a few weeks earlier, he went on to take his second victory.
He was considered somewhat of an underdog going in because of the injury. “The pain and torture has been worth it” Price said.
His win marks KTM’s 18th consecutive Dakar win.
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