Two time Dakar Rally winner Toby Price remains in contention for this year's title despite slipping from third to fourth prior to the penultimate stage.
Price, who called Singleton home from 2003, finished fourth yesterday (2 minutes and 57 seconds behind winner Joan Berreda Bort) while fellow Australian Rodney Faggotter finished sixth (his best stage result to date).
The stage was cut short because of safety concerns allowing American Ricky Brabec to remain as the overall leader.
"The cancellation of the stage has made it that much tougher to make up the time we needed," Price declared on social media last night.
"I was hoping to start a little further back tomorrow to make up that time but unfortunately that won't be happening.
"We're still in this race and aiming to get to the finish line strong."
Faggotter is the next best Australian (placed 13th) ahead of Ben Young (59th), Trevor Collin Wilson (78th) and Matthew Tisdall (97th).
2020 Dakar Rally current leaderboard
- Ricky Brabec (USA - Monster Energy Honda Team 2020) 34:12'18"
- Pablo Quintanilla (Chile - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) +25'44"
- Joan Berreda Bort (Spain - Monster Energy Honda Team) +27'09
- Toby Price (Australia - Red Bull KTM Factory Team) +28'33"
- Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Chile - Monster Energy Honda Team 2020) +41'31"
Toby Price's results so far
STAGE ONE - Finished first with a time of 03:21'33" over 752km
STAGE TWO - Finished 17th with a time of 03:51'23" over 393km
STAGE THREE - Finished fifth with a time of 03:38'06" (variation of 08'35") over 504km
STAGE FOUR - Finished sixth with a time of 04:27'50" over 672km
STAGE FIVE - Finished first with a time of 03:57'33" over 564km
STAGE SIX - Finished 11th with a time of 04:53'01" over 830km
STAGE SEVEN - Finished seventh with a time of 04:44'19" (variation of 07'57") over 741km
STAGE EIGHT - (Cancelled)
STAGE NINE - Finished second with a time of 03:32'27" over 886km
STAGE TEN - Finished fourth with a time of 02:14'39" (stage cut short due to safety concerns) over 608km