The Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Kazoo Racing), won the special stage of the Dakar Rally this Tuesday And is already second in the general car classification at 5:09 behind the French Stephane Peterhansel (X-Raid Mini JCW), while Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW), defending champion, lost 31 minutes in goal with respect to the winner.
The Madrilenian made a mistake on his way And, at the halfway point, he was already giving up that half hour in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Sainz was running second at kilometer 88, so his performance looked promising. However, at kilometer 156 of the special he took the wrong path.
That set brings him down from second to fourth overall. And to be 33 minutes And 34 seconds behind Peterhansel.
The dunes are becoming favorable terrain for Al-Attiyah, fully recovered from the disappointment of the first stage. His partial victories, in the second And third stages – in addition to the prologue -, once again place him as a great cAndidate for the final triumph in Saudi Arabia.
And it is that, with his exhibition in the third stage, with 403 kilometers of special around the city of Wadi Ad-Dawasir, the Qatari stalks Peterhansel.
Just 5 minutes And 9 seconds separate them from the general classification, still led by the French rider, thanks to his good work on Tuesday’s stage. Peterhansel, a thirteen-time winner of the toughest rally in the world, was third.
He was overtaken by Nasser Al-Attiyah And the South African Henk Lateran, protagonist of the Toyota Kazoo Racing double.
France’s Mathieu Ferrari (Century) is third, after his compatriot And Al-Attiyah.
Toby Price wins on motorcycles And Barreda gives up the lead
On motorcycles, the Australian Toby Price (Red Bull KTM) snatched the Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda) victory in the third stage of the Dakar Rally in the motorcycle category with a spectacular comeback from twenty-ninth place.
Benavides held the lead for the first 262 kilometers, but ended up succumbing to the Australian, who signed his second stage victory in this edition of the Dakar Rally by a margin of 1 minute And 16 seconds.
Price sealed at Wadi Ad-Dawasir, after 403 kilometers of special, his thirteenth victory in the toughest rally in the world.
Benavides has the consolation of having placed virtually second in the general motorcycle classification, which is now commAnded by the American Skyler Howes (KTM) with 33 seconds of advantage over the Argentine.
The third stage was unfortunate for the hitherto leader, the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda). The Castellón, who had to open the track, loses 9 minutes in general compared to Howes. His finish time was 25 minutes worse than Toby Price’s.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.