Friends rally to Toby Price’s side; seizure may have led to wicked crash in Dakar Rally

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Toby Price isn’t just a great off-road motorcycle racer, he’s also a great guy.

That’s very clear with the support and outreach given to Price after he broke a femur while competing in Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally last week.

Even though the injury eliminated Price from the remainder of the Rally, his multitude of friends has been rallying – no pun intended – to support him and to keep his spirits up.

Friends like Australian countryman and Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo:

Fellow rider Sam Sunderland, who led going into Stage 7 and is one of the favorites to win the Rally’s off-road motorcycle championship, also gave cheers to Price on Instagram after visiting his friend in the hospital.

Price himself took to social media to give fans an extensive recap of how he sustained the injury and the early stages of his recovery. He even included an x-ray of his broken femur – which is broken in four places!

Price wasn’t the only one that was hurt. So, too, was his bike:

The injury occurred during Stage 4 of the Rally between San Salvador Du Jujuy and Tupiza in Bolivia. Price has been treated since last Wednesday’s accident at La Paz Hospital, where he was airlifted to after the crash.

Here’s part of what Price wrote on his website:

“All I can remember is hitting something hard; it was in a river bed, and I’m sure as anything it would have been a rock. The last bit I remember is being face down into the ground after flying through the air and seeing the rocks go under me pretty quick. I landed and pretty much was just in a daze for a while!

“This is only a small hurdler in the road as a broken leg, so we will go again and it’ll be all good.”

One big surprise was Price’s forthcoming that a blood clot in his lung may have caused a seizure that may have led to his crash.

“I suffered a seizure which has rocked me a little bit, but the specialist is working hard to target the trigger to this and they are suspecting this was due to a blood clot in my lung.”

Plans call for Price to return to his native Australia in the coming days, where he’ll receive further treatment and begin a lengthy rehab to fix his leg.

Price realizes he has a long road ahead of him to full recovery — but is optimistic that he can be good as new in just a few months.

“It’s going to be a long road back to 100 percent but one thing for sure is, I know I need to be back on the KTM motorcycle in four months, so I will be doing all I can to make this happen.”

Click here for Price’s full post on his website about what happened.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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