Reigning Dakar Rally champion i n motorcycle class Toby Price has extended his contract with KTM. The Aussie rider will be part of KTM until the end of 2019.
The 29 year old Australian rider won the Dakar Rally this year which was his only second attempt at the world's most difficult off-road rally event.
Price will be the leading KTM rider lineup at next year's Dakar Rally which will begin from January 2nd and will be part of KTM for the next two Dakar Rally's.
On the extension of contract with KTM, Price said, "I'm very privileged and pumped to get this. It's going to be the best thing for me so I can just concentrate on what I need to do and that's riding motorcycles and racing as fast as we can."
He added, "It's exciting times, a great team and a good crew of people. Now I'm just looking forward to what the future holds, to putting our heads down and doing the work."
KTM has also announced the extension of the contract of Sam Sunderland till 2019. The UK rider missed this year's Dakar Rally due to injury. Sunderland said, "The bike and the team have been great to me in the past years. I'm really excited about the years to come and we will keep moving forward in the same direction"
The KTM rider line-up for the Dakar Rally 2017 also includes Matthias Walkner and rookie rider Ivan Ramirez. Ramirez gets the opportunity due to injured Antoine Meo.
Women's Enduro World Champion, Spanish rider, Laia Sanz will ride the fifth factory KTM backed motorcycle. Sanz finished 15th overall in this year's Dakar Rally.