BACK: Toby Price at the Dakar Rally this year. Picture: Getty Images FORMER Maitland-based off-road motorcycle star Toby Price will return to racing of a different kind at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from Thursday, just eight weeks after breaking a leg in his Dakar Rally defence.
Price, the first n to win the Dakar,will drive in the Stadium Super Trucks, an event he has competed in the past three years in Adelaide.
The 29-year-old, who moved to the Gold Coast last year, broke his left femur in four places when crashing while leading stage four of the Dakar on January 5. Price was set to again headline the Enduro-X motorcycle event, which he helpedlaunched last yearat the Clipsal 500.
Price was still keen to score his first podium overall result in the trucks after finishing second in one of three races last year.
“I want to be able to see if I can get an outright podium on one of these super trucks,” Price told Fox Sports.
IN FRONT: Toby Price in stage four of the Dakar Rally this year before his crash. Picture: Getty Images
“Unfortunately we won’t be on this [dirtbike] part of the course this year. Actually last year was quite busy so I’m kind of glad I’m missing this side of it, but it’s going to be a strong field and hopefully we can chase that record.
“It’s an auto so it’s all good,” he said of driving. “There’s no clutch in this thing, so it’s just throttle and brake and I can do that with the right foot, so I’ll be sweet.”
He said he was fortunate to escape the crash with only one broken bone –which was the 28thof his career.
“Usually you have a crash and break a lot of bones at one time, but I’m very lucky to come away with just what I did,” he said. “I probablycrashed at about 150kph, so it definitely wouldn’t have been too pretty.”