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Dakar Stage 9: Sainz clings on to lead, Peterhansel wins

Quintanilla wins Stage 9 for Bikes
Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Stephane Peterhansel
Stephane Peterhansel
The Dakar Rally continues to head towards the east of the Arabian peninsula with the camp for the ninth stage situated in Haradh. The assistants will remain at this point for the coming three days – the final bivouac before the rally concludes in Qiddiyah.

Defending Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel won his third stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah cut rally leader Carlos Sainz Sr's lead to almost nothing.

The 296-mile Wadi ad-Dawasir - Haradh stage saw Al-Attiyah finish just 15 seconds behind stage winner Peterhansel, the Toyota driver slashing Sainz's lead in the marathon down to less than a half a minute.

The gap between Sainz and teammate Peterhansel, meanwhile, has been halved and now stands at 6m38s.

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Riders were out bright and early from the Wadi Al-Dawasir camp to complete the 376-kilometer liaison section which took them to the start of the 410-kilometer timed special. In store today were very hard track and tough navigating up until the refuelling point, followed by sand tracks and even some dunes. A final link section of 100 kilometers brought the riders back to the bivouac at Haradh.

On today’s stage the top contenders for the victory registered very close times.

Pablo Quintanilla took his and Husqvarna's first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as overall leader Ricky Brabec gave up fewer than four minutes of his advantage.

Joan Barreda, who caught up with Benavides in the final kilometers, clocked the day’s third fastest time, with a very narrow gap from the riders ahead in the general standings. The Spaniard, who moves up into fourth spot, will be heavily involved in the battle for the Dakar 2020 podium.

Ricky Brabec managed the gaps at the head of the field extremely well. On the day, the American Monster Energy Honda Team rider finished fourth, which rewards him with a favorable starting position tomorrow, having conceded very little time in the stage today.

Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, winner of the previous stage, having been lumbered with having to open the track for a greater part of the day, did however, manage to set a swift pace to finish in sixth place just six minutes off the eventual winner.

Car Results Stage 9 (Top-10)

1Stephane PeterhanselBahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW3h08m31s
2Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo RacingToyota0m15s
3Yasir SaeidanRace World TeamMini/BMW4m48s
4Jakub PrzygonskiOrlen X-Raid TeamMini/BMW6m23s
5Carlos Sainz Sr.Bahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW6m31s
6Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive ToyotaToyota8m22s
7Bernhard Ten BrinkeToyota Gazoo RacingToyota8m30s
8Giniel de VilliersToyota Gazoo RacingToyota11m16s
9Fernando AlonsoToyota Gazoo RacingToyota13m03s
10Orlando TerranovaX-Raid TeamMini/BMW13m10s

Car Standings After Stage 9 (Top-10)

1Carlos Sainz Sr.Bahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW35h11m54s
2Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo RacingToyota0m24s
3Stephane PeterhanselBahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW6m38s
4Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive ToyotaToyota34m16s
5Orlando TerranovaX-Raid TeamMini/BMW49m41s
6Giniel de VilliersToyota Gazoo RacingToyota57m57s
7Bernhard Ten BrinkeToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1h08m59s
8Mathieu SerradoriSRT RacingCentury/?1h24m20s
9Yasir SaeidanRace World TeamMini/BMW2h35m35s
10Fernando AlonsoToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3h17m23s

Bike Results Stage 9 (Top-10)


1QUINTANILLA Pablo5CHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna03:30'33
2PRICE Toby1AUSKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+01'54
3BARREDA Joan12SPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+02'42
4BRABEC Ricky9USAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+03'55
6BENAVIDES Kevin7ARGMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+05'50
7BENAVIDES Luciano16ARGKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+06'08
8CORNEJO Jose Ignacio17CHIMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+06'23
9SHORT Andrew6USARockstar Energy HusqvarnaHusqvarna+06'57
10WALKNER Matthias2AUTKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+08'07

Rider Standings After Stage 9 (Top-10)



1BRABEC Ricky9USAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda31:59'29
2QUINTANILLA Pablo5CHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+20'53
3PRICE Toby1AUSKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+26'43
4BARREDA Joan12SPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+28'16
5CORNEJO Jose Ignacio17CHIMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+26'43
6WALKNER Matthias2AUTKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+37'16
7BENAVIDES Luciano16ARGKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+41'11
8CAIMI Stefano ARGHonda Argentina - MEC TeamHonda+01:21'04
9HOWES Skyler59USAKlymciw RacingKTM+01:24'24
10SVITKO Stefan19SLOSlovnaft TeamKTM+01:30'35


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