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Reigning Dakar champions speed to second place in rally-raid truck battle.
Dakar Rally champions Nasser Al-Attiyah and Toby Price teamed up in Baja California, Mexico to battle to a thrilling second place at the gruelling one-day Baja 1000 truck race. Here is all you need to know:
– The biggest challenge in North American off-road racing saw elite drivers and riders compete in a frenetic one-day battle including former F1 world champion Jenson Button.
– Muddy roads and night driving was a new challenge for Qatari Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel as well as only about 30km of seat time in a trophy truck.
– Al-Attiyah proved up to the challenge, though, as he and Dakar bike champion race partner Price – with co-driver Dustin Hellstrom – chased down all but one other truck in their category despite starting from the back.
– Al-Attiyah, 48, said: “We had a lot to learn from this terrain and style of racing, but we enjoyed it. I am sure next year we can have a good fight with the top drivers!”
– In terms of the trophy truck they both used, he added: “We’d really like to thank Jesse Jones for giving us a chance to drive this amazing machine.”
– Australian Price, 32, revealed: “I think we started 26th or 28th this morning, so to be the third trophy truck across the line – I think the rookies did pretty good!”
– Andy McMillin and Bryce Menzies‘ #31 truck rolled early on doing significant damage with support crews unable to get the truck moving again quickly enough.