The one guy who seemed unaffected by the altitude was Australian Toby Price. Toby dominated stages 5-6, basically demoralizing his competition over the crazy high-speed stages. I was most impressed by his stage 6 victory, where he was able to lead out and still win the stage. This is nearly unheard of these days in rally because generally the first guy out must do the majority of the navigation and is usually caught pretty quickly; even Coma and Despres, the best navigators in the world would rarely win a stage from the front. After Dominating Stage 8 From Salta to Belene, Toby has retaken the overall lead by 2:05’ over Goncalves but will be forced to lead out Stage 9, the marathon stage through the infamous Dunes of Fiambala. Expected to be the decisive stage of the 2016 Dakar, Stage 9 is probably the one stage that riders do not want to be first on the road. Adding to the difficulty, the top 10 bikes will start mixed in with the top 10 cars, which to me seems completely crazy! Hopefully Toby can limit his losses to rival Goncalves who will be starting 3 minutes behind him in second position.