Jan 12

Dakar: Benavides seizes control


Image result for dakar logoThe Dakar has left Peru and its formidable sand dunes and entered Bolivia, not far from the splendid Lake Titicaca, giving the competitors the opportunity to taste the mountains and quicker tracks.

However, they still had to be wary of the high plains of Bolivia and sections at a height of 4,722 metres above sea level before a rest day in the capital La Paz, which will help them acclimatise to the altitude.

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Antoine Meo is gathering momentum. After his fine fourth place yesterday, the Frenchman confirmed that he is back to his best after an injury that kept him away from his official KTM bike for one and a half years, by taking victory on the first quick stage of the rally. It was a superb performance in which he finished just in front of his team-mate and the winner in 2016, Toby Price, as well as the promising Kevin Benavides, the first Argentinean to lead the general standings in the bike race on the Dakar. His young countryman Jeremias González Ferioli could equally be a future star of the quad category, as shown by his first victory in Bolivia thanks to a stage that he controlled from start to finish. Carlos Sainz may not be young, but he is definitely on an upward trajectory as he demonstrated by dominating the entire special in the car race on the Bolivian tracks which suited him down to the ground. Stéphane Peterhansel, finishing in second four minutes behind, is comfortably in control of the general standings. In the truck category, Federico Villagra made the difference at the end of the special to pick up his second stage victory, more than two minutes ahead of the rest of the pack.

The complete article here on Dakar.com

source: Dakar.com