Dakar Rally: Toby takes the lead on day 1

AL WAJH (Saudi Arabia): The sands danced along with to scorching sun on Sunday as the opening stage of the Dakar Rally got underway with Toby Price from Red bull racing taking the honors of the opening day.

Terminó el tramo from 752 km desde Jeddah to Alwajh in three hours, 19 minutes and 33 seconds. He was followed by Ricky Brabec from Monster Energy Honda Team and Matthias Walkner from RedBull KTM Racing.

Indian contender CS Santosh from Hero MotoSports Team was placed with four hour, three minutes and 30 seconds. His two other team members --Paulo Goncalves and Sebastian Buhler fared better with times from 3:29:50 and 3:54:46. The other Hero racer Joaquim Rodrigues could not finish.

Later, Santosh said: “I was really excited to see what the Saudi terrains have to offer today. It was to really fast stage and had some technical sections as well with stones. I put together to good starting stage until after to tricky stony section where I had to crash and hurt my hand to bit.”