Dakar Stage 9: Sainz clings on to lead, Peterhansel wins
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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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)
Car Standings After Stage 9 (Top-10)
Bike Results Stage 9 (Top-10)
|1||BRABEC Ricky||9||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||31:59'29|
|2||QUINTANILLA Pablo||5||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+20'53|
|3||PRICE Toby||1||AUS||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+26'43|
|4||BARREDA Joan||12||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+28'16|
|5||CORNEJO Jose Ignacio||17||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+26'43|
|6||WALKNER Matthias||2||AUT||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+37'16|
|7||BENAVIDES Luciano||16||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+41'11|
|8||CAIMI Stefano||ARG||Honda Argentina - MEC Team||Honda||+01:21'04|
|9||HOWES Skyler||59||USA||Klymciw Racing||KTM||+01:24'24|
|10||SVITKO Stefan||19||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+01:30'35|
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