Breaking news coming from stage 4 of the Dakar Rally is Toby Price is out of the race suspected broken leg.
*Update 5: 17:15GMT Jan 5*
The Dakar Twitter feed is reporting the defending champion fell off his motorcycle and is being attended to by medical crew.
It's believed he has broken his left femur.
Defending champ Price won stage two but then had a bad day at the office on stage 3 ending it over 16 minutes behind leader Joan Barreda in the general standings.
Looking to regroup quickly, Price was on the attack during stage 4, leading it when the accident happened.
At 12.45 Dakar’s Live Feed had reported Price on course to win stage 4 having reached WP10 with a lead of one minute 35 over Joan Barreda.
They’ve since reported Price fell after 371 km of the special stage and is now in the care of the medical team.
At 13:36 Live Feed confirmed Price has had to be airlifted by the medical team to hospital with a fractured thigh bone in his left leg.
Price wasn’t the only casualty of stage 4 with Spaniard Armand Monsoon also crashing out of the rally.
Monleon crashed after 70 km of the special stage. Following his fall, the 18th placed rider in the general standings is conscious, but was to be airlifted by the medical team and will not reach the finish on his second Dakar. He finished 10th in his debut ride in 2016.
Fingers crossed to Price and Monleon for a speedy recovery. We’ll up date as further information becomes available.
Walkner Wins Stage 4
Coincidently, victory today has gone to Matthias Walkner, who wins his second stage victory on the Dakar. Teammate to Price, Walkner crashed out of Dakar 2016 with a broken femur.
Walkner managed to catch Joan Barreda at the end of the special to cross the finishing line 2'02 ahead of the Spaniard and provisionally sits fourth overall in the general standings.
Barreda heads the general classification by 22 minutes from Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla. Sam Sunderland — who missed Dakar 2016 due to a broken femur — is KTM’s top placed rider in third, two minutes 20 second behind Quintanilla.
Photos: Marcin Kin