Jan 18

Dakar: Ten Brinke tames the Lions


Image result for dakar logoThis was the third year running that the rally featured a mixed start, meaning that cars, motorbikes and quads took turns to start based on their times in the previous stage.

La Rioja province, the only region that has featured in every Dakar since the rally came to South America, is also the scene of the second motorbike marathon stage. The stars of the Dakar will have to take care of their machines on their own after another taxing day.

The essentials

Bernhard ten Brinke is having a stellar Dakar after sitting out last year’s edition. The Dutchman, who has featured in the top 10 in every single stage so far, today became one of only two drivers (together with his Toyota teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah) to deny Peugeot. Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres struck a truce, leaving the general classification unchanged. The provisional classification also remained the same in the motorbike category after Matthias Walkner rode conservatively to finish 11′01″ behind the winner. The stage went to his Australian teammate Toby Price, who ended his drought at the Dakar by beating local lad Kevin Benavides and the other factory KTM rider, Antoine Meo. Meanwhile, Nicolás Cavigliasso showed his quad rivals how it is done by taking his second consecutive stage in Argentina and putting more than 15 minutes into overall leader Ignacio Casale. The truck category saw Belarusian Siarhei Viazovich (Maz) take his maiden win in Chilecito.

The complete article here on dakar.com

source: dakar.com