Toby Price has won his second Dakar title in Peru after battling through pain from a broken bone in his right wrist before the race.
The former Hillston rider was leading by one minute in the final leg of the 10-stage race, after a nail-biting finish in the ninth separated by only a second from rival Chilean Pablo Quintanilla to claim fifth.
The defining moment came around 10 kilometres into the final race stage – a timed, dune-heavy stretch of around 112 kilomtres between Prisco and Lima – when Quintanilla fell from his bike and injured his foot.
Quintanilla ultimately finished fourth overall.
After Quintanilla crashed, 2016 champion Price went for broke.
He was thrilled to have come away with the win after enduring so much pain over the gruelling race.
"The pain and torture has been worth it," Price said.
"(The pain) feels like there are about five people driving a knife in my wrist. It's not very comfortable, it's not very enjoyable.
"It's very crazy to sit here and say that we won the Dakar Rally with no stage victories until today.
“It's really crazy. I'm over the moon."
Price broke the scaphoid bone in his right wrist weeks before the race and thought he would endure two stages then pull out, but support and luck kept him going in Peru.