There’s a cause the Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Group moved Frenchman Antoine Meo from its enduro staff to the rally aspect of issues a pair years in the past, and the previous enduro world champ repaid KTM’s perception in him by delivering the win in stage six of the fortieth Dakar Rally.
After 5 straight days of Peruvian sand dunes, most riders appeared ahead to the 760-kilometer run from Arequipa, Peru, to La Paz, Bolivia, the nation’s capital metropolis. Alongside the best way, they found terrain and circumstances did certainly change dramatically, with deep puddles and dirt the order of the day the nearer they acquired to the town excessive (over 15,000 ft!) within the rugged Andes mountains. The truth is, fog and dangerous climate normally pressured the organizers to cancel the primary a part of the particular; as an alternative of 313 kilometers, it was shortened to 194—after they’d already tackled rain, snow and sub-freezing temperatures—along with the 447 kilometers of liaison or switch part.
Out with damage for nearly two years, it will virtually be straightforward to dismiss Meo as a possible future Dakar winner—however it’d be a mistake, having completed a robust fourth yesterday and profitable in the present day. And with 2016 winner Toby Worth third within the stage by a mere 30 seconds after holding a slim lead over his teammate earlier, smiles have been plentiful within the Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Staff camp.
However there was equal purpose to have fun over on the Monster Power Honda Staff space with Benavides additionally 30 seconds behind Meo for the stage regardless of a crash, shifting him to the highest of the leaderboard in provisional general outcomes together with his time of sixteen hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds.
“I can’t describe simply how glad I’m—I’m main the overall standings on the Dakar!” Benavides exclaimed.
After celebrating his twenty seventh birthday with a second in stage three, he’s turn out to be some of the constant riders to date, although he added, “It’s been a really troublesome week and at present I’ve arrived at La Paz in the easiest way attainable. I’ve labored very onerous for this second and now we’re going to reap the benefits of the remaining day [tomorrow] and recharge the batteries to be rewards for the second week of racing. The primary factor is to stay calm and to maintain having fun with it.”
Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Staff’s Adrien Van Beveren surrendered his spot on the prime which he’d held for 2 days, however at just one:fifty seven behind Benavides, he’s nonetheless a robust contender. Austria’s Matthias Walkner is the main Purple Bull KTM rider at third, three:50 in arrears of Benavides.
As for the People, the circumstances simply have been to not their liking as all ended up with worse outcomes than the day earlier than.
Monster Power Honda Group’s Ricky Brabec has by no means been that thrilled about driving within the mud or the chilly and ended up 18th within the stage to slide from tenth to eleventh general, 30:34 behind his Argentinian teammate. He confessed, “As we speak was worse than yesterday. The rain was fairly troublesome and if we have been fortunate we acquired three and a half hours sleep.
“Yesterday was an extended day—not with the levels however with the liaisons and modifications, getting again to the bivouac late and going to mattress late. Getting up at three within the morning Bolivia time—so it was actually two within the morning—it was the toughest day up to now. It wasn’t even exhausting driving, however it was mentally fatiguing. The stage was quick; I don’t understand how we misplaced time within the stage. It’s bizarre. I didn’t have any issues within the stage. I hit the water actually arduous and I hit my face on the dashboard. I don’t understand how these guys are making up time on us and that’s troublesome to swallow. There’s seven extra days and we’ll push.”
Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing Staff’s Andrew Brief concurred after ending the stage twenty eighth, although he’s operating twenty second general at 17:fifty three:30. “That was a troublesome day for me right now,” he admitted. “The terrain has modified quite a bit from the dunes of Peru. I had my first excessive-velocity rally crash so I’m glad to get that out of the best way.
“I struggled slightly with the velocity of the stage with all the things coming at me so quick. It was moist on the market, too, and the tracks turned fairly muddy in locations. I feel I want that over mud, although; if it had been dry, issues would’ve been much more harmful.
“Coming into La Paz it was superb to see all of the individuals and the environment within the metropolis in order that was cool. It’s relaxation day [tomorrow] so I’ll take pleasure in that after which again on it for Saturday.”
Shane Esposito continued to steer the Duust Rally Staff of Poland, ending thirtieth for the stage whereas Mark Samuels wasn’t too far behind on his MEC Staff Honda CRF450 Rally in thirty sixth. General, Samuels holds forty third after six levels together with his complete time of 20:33:forty whereas Esposito is forty fourth at 20:39:fifty six.
Invoice Conger received one other stage carried out and lies 84th at 27:fifty eight:forty two going into the eagerly anticipated relaxation day.
Day 6 Race Outcomes
|Rating||Rider Quantity||Identify||Staff||General Time||Time From Chief||Penalty|
|1||forty seven||Kevin Benavides||Monster Power Honda Workforce||16h 33′ 20”|
|2||four||Adrien Van Beveren||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Group||16h 35′ 17”||+ 00h 01′ fifty seven”|
|three||2||Matthias Walkner||Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Group||16h 37′ 10”||+ 00h 03′ 50”||00h 01′ 00”|
|four||5||Joan Barreda Bort||Monster Power Honda Staff||16h forty two’ fifty three”||+ 00h 09′ 33”|
|5||eight||Toby Worth||Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Group||16h forty two’ fifty nine”||+ 00h 09′ 39”|
|6||19||Antoine Meo||Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Group||16h forty four’ 02”||+ 00h 10′ forty two”|
|7||23||Xavier De Soultrait||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Workforce||16h forty four’ forty four”||+ 00h eleven’ 24”||00h 02′ 00”|
|eight||10||Pablo Quintanilla||Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing||16h 50′ 02”||+ 00h sixteen’ forty two”|
|9||three||Gerard Farres Guell||Himoinsa Racing Staff.||16h fifty one’ 28”||+ 00h 18′ 08”|
|10||9||Stefan Svitko||Slovnaft Rally Group||17h 02′ 31”||+ 00h 29′ eleven”||00h 01′ 00”|
Different American Riders
|Rating||Rider Quantity||Rider||Staff||General Time||Time From Chief||Penalty|
|eleven||20||Ricky Brabec||Monster Power Honda Group||17h 03′ fifty four”||+ 00h 30′ 34”|
|22||fifty four||Andrew Brief||Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing||17h fifty three’ 30”||+ 01h 20′ 10”|
|forty three||sixty four||Mark Samuels||MEC Staff||20h 33′ forty”||+ 04h 00′ 20”||01h 00′ 00”|
|forty four||103||Shane Esposito||Duust Rally Group||20h 39′ fifty six”||+ 04h 06′ 36”||02h 05′ 00”|
|eighty four||a hundred and five||Invoice Conger||Klymciw Racing||27h fifty eight’ forty two”||+ 11h 25′ 22”|