Two of the top riders competed in the Dakar Rally, with driver Stephan Peterhansel taking another step towards victory.
The 55-year-old is an institution. The French has won the toughest rally in the world thirteen times: six times on a motorcycle and seven times in a car. Peterhansel will enter this year’s competition with the new pilot Edouard Boulanger, who was a mapman of KTM and Toyota in the past. It would be a bull’s eye. Many drivers admit that the current edition – due to the extremely difficult navigation – is primarily a pilots’ start.
The leader of the general classification will win the special stage for the first time, but he drives almost helplessly, because he would only be off the podium once. His main rival, Nasser Al-Attiyah, was the fastest four times, but still cannot make up for the 12-minute loss he suffered on the first day of competition.
Jakub Przygoski has a weaker day, but he is still on a straight path to fourth place in the general classification. Maciej Giemza, a motorcyclist at the beginning of the special stage, had an accident in the Dakar Rally, during which he broke the rope in his left shoulder and broke the bone of his right foot. The favorites had problems. Arm injuries excluded Toby Price and Luciano Benavides from rivalry, and engine failure – Ross Branch.
Jose Cornejo Florimo will keep driving among motorcyclists. The Chilean has an eleven minute advantage over Kevin Benavides. They both drive on Honda machines, which in the previous edition broke KTM’s long-term domination.
Dakar Rally – cars
Results: 1. S. Peterhansel (France) 4:50:27, 2. N. Al-Attiyah (Qatar) +00: 12: 00, 3. G. De Villiers (South Africa) +00: 12: 19 12. C. Sainz (Spain) +22: 30: 00, 24. J. Przygoski +00: 37: 22
Ranking (after 9 out of 12 stages): 1. S. Peterhansel (France) 34:26:16, 2. N. Al-Attiyah (Qatar) +00: 17: 50, 3. C. Sainz (Spain) +01: 02: 25, 4. J Przygoski + 02: 16: 30, 5. N. Roma (Spain) +2: 42: 38
Dakar Rally – Motorcycles
Results: 1. K. Benavides (Argentina) 4:49:15, 2. R. Brabec +00: 01: 18, 3. J. Cornejo Florimo (Chile) +00: 01: 34
Ranking (after 9 out of 12 stages): 1. J. Cornejo Florimo (Chile) 36:51:00, 2. K. Benavides (Argentina) +00: 11: 24, 3. S. Sunderland (UK) +00: 14: 34
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