Dakar Rally 2019: Toby Price’s hopes of repeating 2016 result hinge on wrist injury

Former Dakar Rally champion Toby Price has admitted his hopes of repeating his 2016 heroics rely on how his fractured wrist holds up over the coming days.The Australian was feeling pain in the right wrist following the short Stage One of the Dakar Rally in Peru on Tuesday and received treatment on it, despite defiant messages that he is fit enough to complete the race.

However, Price, who is fifth in the general standings after finishing fourth in Stage Two on Thursday morning, has now conceded that how quickly the injury recovers could dictate whether or not he is able to put together a challenge.

“I ended up breaking a scaphoid in my wrist, on the right side, but we’ve got it fixed I think,” Price said after Stage 2 in Peru. “It should be half decent, so we’ll just see how the race goes. “

We’re here and that’s the main thing, so I’m just happy to kick the race off. There’s been a little bit of pain over the last three and a half or four weeks, for sure, the scaphoid isn’t the best bone to break.

“It takes a long time for the recovery process, but all in all, I’m still comfortable, still happy and we’ll just see how the race kicks off for us. I’ll just relax and see how I go, see if I can get down and if I can do this then it’s the best part.

“If I’m in the right position I can fight and if the wrist can put up with the pressure and everything, then, yeah, I’ll definitely go full gas. We’ll see, but I’m definitely here to win, like everyone else is here to win – we’ll see how it goes.”

Source: Fox Sports