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Dakar Stage 11:Peterhansel wins, Sainz Leads

Brabec holds onto Bike lead
Thursday, January 16, 2020


American Brabec is stroking it to the finish in first. Last year he blew his engine on the final day while leading
American Brabec is stroking it to the finish in first. Last year he blew his engine on the final day while leading

Defending Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in Stage 11 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz Sr retains a healthy lead ahead of the marathon's final stage.

Sainz Sr. had to open the road in the 235-mile timed special within the stage, taking the competition back to Haradh from Shubaytah.

He gave up nearly five minutes to Peterhansel in the first 62 miles as he navigated the dunes of the Rub' Al Khali, but would limit the damage over the rest of the special, ending up eight minutes slower than the stage winner at the finish.

Thus Sainz has 10 minutes in hand for the final 232-mile Haradh - Qiddiya final stage.

Nasser Al-Attiyah looked set to overtake Peterhansel for the Stage win for much of the stage, but a late charge from the reigning champion saw him come up just 10 seconds short of a stage win.

This means that Al-Attiyah will enter the marathon finale as Sainz's nearest rival and with a six-second gap to Peterhansel, who will be running ahead on the road.


American Ricky Brabec holds on to the overall leadership of the 2020 Dakar Rally. The American is poised to tackle the final stage which could be a historical one for the Honda squad.

The second leg of the marathon stage unfolded without setbacks for the Monster Energy Honda Team. Today, in the penultimate special of the rally, the pretenders to the podium got one second-to-last chance to close the gap on the 2020 Dakar Rally race leader. Today’s stage, featuring 100 kilometers of dunes at the beginning of the special, favored those in pursuit of the frontrunners and a group soon formed including Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec and Kevin Benavides, all of whom made it to the final destination in Haradh without difficulties.

Chilean rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo finished fourth on the day, less than three minutes behind his fellow-countryman Quintanilla, who took the spoils. Cornejo now has the possibility of attacking tomorrow in the concluding stage in a bid to be among the prize-winners.

Peterhansel wins Stage 11 in the car class
Peterhansel wins Stage 11 in the car class

Ricky Brabec holds on to the lead that he has held since day three. The American managed well the advantage at the head of the general rankings, in spite of having dropped 12 minutes to the day’s eventual winner and now has everything in his favor in his bid for the outright Dakar Rally 2020 victory.

Joan Barreda opened the track after yesterday’s win and was followed by his Monster Energy Honda squad-mates, Brabec and Benavides. The handicap eventually led him to concede 14’48 to the stage winner. Barreda now lies in fifth place overall but is by no means out of the running for a final podium place in the race.

The final stage will be decided tomorrow between Haradh and Qiddiyah. A 374- kilometer special which will feature a 20-kilometer Qiddiya Trophy GP, obligatory for the riders who finish on the final podium of this edition of the Dakar, although the result will have no effect on the final standings of the rally.

Car Stage 11 Results (Top 10)

1Stephane PeterhanselBahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW4h14m11s
2Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo RacingToyota0m10s
3Carlos Sainz Sr.Bahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW8m03s
4Bernhard Ten BrinkeToyota Gazoo RacingToyota10m14s
5Jakub PrzygonskiOrlen X-Raid TeamMini/BMW10m39s
6Giniel de VilliersToyota Gazoo RacingToyota12m14s
7Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive ToyotaToyota15m14s
8Wei HanGeely Auto Shell Lubricant TeamHanwei/Geely18m53s
9Mathieu SerradoriSRT RacingCentury23m14s
10Martin ProkopMP SportsFord27m18s

Overall Car Standings after Stage 11 (Top 10)

1Carlos Sainz SrBahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW41h37m51s
2Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo RacingToyota10m17s
3Stephane PeterhanselBahrain JCW X-Raid TeamMini/BMW10m23s
4Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive ToyotaToyota47m57s
5Giniel de VilliersToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1h06m34s
6Bernhard Ten BrinkeToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1h17m50s
7Orlando TerranovaX-Raid TeamMini/BMW1h26m44s
8Mathieu SerradoriSRT RacingCentury1h52m32s
9Wei HanGeely Auto Shell Lubricant TeamHanwei/Geely3h45m07s
10Jerome PelichetRaidlynxOptimus/MD3h55m35s

Bike Results Stage 11 (Top-12)

1QUINTANILLA Pablo5CHIHusqvarna FactoryHusqvarna04h09m22
2WALKNER Matthias2AUTKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+00m09
3BENAVIDES Luciano16ARGKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+02m48
4CORNEJO Jose Ignacio17CHIMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+02m53
5PRICE Toby1AUSKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+05m49
6MCCANNEY Jamie28GBRYamalube Yamaha Official TeamYamaha+06m22
7CAIMI Franco22ARGYamalube Yamaha Official TeamYamaha+07m05
8SHORT Andrew6USARockstar Energy Husqvarna FactoryHusqvarna+08m11
9BENAVIDES Kevin7ARGMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+08m48
10BRABEC Ricky9USAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+11m48
12BARREDA Joan12SPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+14m48

Bike Rider Standings after Stage 11 (Top-10)

1BRABEC Ricky9USAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda38h33m28
2QUINTANILLA Pablo5CHIHusqvarna Factory RallyHusqvarna+13m56
3PRICE Toby1AUSKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+22m34
4WALKNER Matthias2AUTKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+29m53
5BARREDA Joan12SPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+30m09
6CORNEJO Jose Ignacio17CHIMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+32m36
7BENAVIDES Luciano16ARGKTM Factory Racing TeamKTM+35m18
8CAIMI Franco22ARGYamalube Yamaha Official RallyYamaha+01h39m14
9HOWES Skyler59USAKlymciw RacingKTM+01h59m29
10SHORT Andrew6USARockstar Energy Husqvarna FactoryHusqvarna+02h06m36

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