Price relaxed after losing 32 minutes to Barreda

Jamie Klein
·1-min read

Two-time Dakar champion Price opened the road on the 447km test on Monday following his win on Sunday's opener, but struggled on a sand dune-heavy route and finished down in 28th position, exactly 32 minutes behind Barreda.

#52 Red Bull KTM Factory Team: Matthias Walkner

#52 Red Bull KTM Factory Team: Matthias Walkner<span class="copyright">A.S.O.</span>
#52 Red Bull KTM Factory Team: Matthias WalknerA.S.O.


"After 45km I stopped at one dune, I turned back, and then I had a problem with the clutch," recalled Walkner. "I took a lot of time to make the bike ready because the clutch was f***ed and I had to stop some riders to help me.

"There were so many riders [who stopped], I think it was one of the last ones, a really friendly Indian guy [Ashish Raorane], he helped me for the clutch, but then I lost my tools in the sand because something fell down.

"It’s pretty bad when already on the second day it’s like this. Finally also the riding when I continued, I rode without the clutch, but it was quite nice and I enjoyed riding. But to fight for a podium, this is done, and this makes me a bit sad."

Sam Sunderland is KTM's best-placed factory rider overall in 12th, 12m50s behind Barreda.

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