Australian, Red Bull motorcyclist Toby Price airlifted to hospital after crashing in 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia


Star Australian motorcyclist Toby Price was on Monday night airlifted to hospital after crashing out of the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

The 33-year-old Red Bull competitor was rushed to Tabuk in the country’s north-west to undergo X-rays on an injured left arm and shoulder after running into trouble 155 kilometres into the ninth stage of the race.

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Price, who won the Dakar Rally in 2016 and 2019, was just one minute behind the leader of the race, Chile’s Jose Ignacio Cornejo, at the time of the crash.

Two other riders, Ricky Brabec and Sam Sunderland, lost 15 and 14 minutes respectively as they waited with Price for medical assistance.

Price had already encountered drama on the previous day when he had used cable ties to keep his back tyre together en route to finishing the eighth stage in second place.

An enormous gash had appeared in the tyre but he didn’t have a spare, leaving him to rely on cable ties for the 375-kilometre stretch between Saka and Neom.

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