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Dakar Rally Stage 10 - Pisco to Lima

Dakar Rally victories for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Toby Price in Peru
Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Nasser Al-Attiyah does it again

Nasser Al-Attiyah does it again

The 41st edition of the Dakar Rally came to its conclusion with the remaining competitors speeding into the Peruvian capital of Lima. After navigating a 247km liaison, all that was left standing between the finish line and potential victory was a 112km special stage. Here is all you need to know:

- Nasser Al-Attiyah completed his dominant victory to land a hat-trick of Dakar titles. The Qatari, champion in 2011 and 2015, looked at home on the sand dunes all race and had been leading since Stage 3.

- Toyota driver Al-Attiyah, 48, had to fight off a number of challenges from the likes of Stéphane Peterhansel, Sébastien Loeb and Nani Roma but never looked like letting his lead slip.

- Defending champion Carlos Sainz helped salvage what had been a difficult Dakar by winning Stage 10 with Al-Attiyah taking no risks and coming home 12th. Roma sealed second spot overall and Loeb completed the podium.

- Six-time Olympic shooter, Al-Attiyah, said: “It is fantastic, we did no mistakes the whole rally. We lead from Day 3 and came to the last day with a big lead. We felt, with it being 100% in Peru and there being a lot of sand dunes, we could do well and what we know.”

- Toby Price is now a two-time Dakar Rally champion. The race leader capped off a grueling two weeks with victory in the final stage. When closest rival Pablo Quintanilla crashed in the first 10km, Price was all but secured his victory.

- Price, who became the first Aussie to ever win the race in 2016, boasts an impressive record at the Dakar with now four podiums out of five attempts. The Australian has pushed through the pain barrier this race having had surgery on a broken right scaphoid in his wrist in pre-event training.

- The triumph for Price was the 18th consecutive Dakar title for KTM. 2018 champion Matthias Walkner even ensured it was a one-two for the Austrian manufacturer while Quintanilla completed the top three.

Toby Price
Toby Price
- Price said: “Some things fell my way and everything worked out perfectly. It feels like I am living a dream at the moment. I will go home, rest this arm, have some MRI scans and see what damage we have done. I did not think I could win, I thought if I could get to stage 3, I would have been happy.”

- Eduard Nikolaev steered his Kamaz to a fourth Dakar title, and third in a row. The Russian, 34, came home sixth on Stage 10 but saw off teammate Dmitry Sotnikov by 25 minutes in the overall standings.

- Nicolás Cavigliasso crushed his rivals from start to finish in the quad category to claim his first Dakar victory at just his second attempt. The Argentine, 27, won the final stage to take his tally to an impressive eight out of 10 in Peru this year.

- Francisco Lopez Contardo, commonly known as ‘Chaleco’ enjoyed a memorable return to the Dakar after a five-year absence. The Chilean, 43, won four stages and despite coming third on the final day, comfortably clinched victory in the side-by-side (SxS) category.

Final results (Bikes Top 10)

Pos.RiderBikeTime/Gap
1Toby PriceKTM33h57m16s
2Matthias WalknerKTM9m13s
3Pablo QuintanillaHusqvarna20m46s
4Andrew ShortHusqvarna44m10s
5Xavier De SoultraitYamaha54m00s
6Jose Ignacio CornejoHonda1h08m06s
7Luciano BenavidesKTM1h09m10s
8Sam SunderlandKTM1h13m34s
9Oriol MenaSpeedbrain2h08m41s
10Daniel NosigliaHonda2h31m53s

Final Results (Top 10, Cars):

Pos.CrewCarTime/Gap
1Nasser Al-Attiyah Mathieu BaumelToyota34h38m14s
2Nani Roma Alex HaroMini 4x446m42s
3Sebastien Loeb Daniel ElenaPeugeot1h54m18s
4Kuba Przygonski Tom ColsoulMini 4x42h28m31s
5Cyril Despres Jean-Paul CottretMini Buggy2h48m43s
6Martin Prokop Jan TomanekFord3h19m02s
7Yazeed Al-Rajhi Timo GottschalkMini 4x44h30m56s
8Boris Garafulic Filipe PalmeiroMini 4x47h57m58s
9Giniel de Villiers Dirk von ZitzewitzToyota7h59m16s
10Ronan Chabot Gilles PillotToyota8h09m58s

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