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Brit Sam climbs Dakar leaderboard as McCanney is out

Sam Sunderland posting the fifth fastest time, just over four minutes down on the eventual stage winner, after he completed the 662km stage five of the 2021 Dakar Rally. He’s now fifth overall, on a day when Honda’s Kevin Benavides took the win and the overall lead.

Jamie McCanney’s time in the rally was brought to an end as the Manxman encountered a technical issue on his Yamaha halfway through the stage. The other Brits, David Knight and Neil Hawker, had good rides. Knight was 38th and is now 41st overall, while Hakwer was 45th for 51st overall.

Leaving Riyadh behind, stage five of the rally delivered one of the physically toughest timed specials of the event so far. For 456km, riders raced against the clock over a variety of terrain, starting with rough, stony tracks in the early stages, before opening out into softer, undulating dunes on the drop down to Al Qaisumah.

Demonstrating his trademark consistency over the course of stage five, Sam Sunderland navigated superbly through the technically demanding first part of the special, losing the minimum amount of time compared to some of his rivals. As the stage opened out into the dunes, Sam was able to stick to a solid but safe pace, slowly moving up the stage ranking as he went. Fourth at the penultimate check, Sam dropped down to fifth at the line, due to the hard-charging Price slotting in ahead. With five stages safely completed, the British rider lies fifth in the provisional standings.

Sam Sunderland:“Day five is in the books and done thankfully. It involved a lot of tricky navigation through the canyons and rocks at the beginning of the stage as there weren’t many references and it was difficult to find the right track. I certainly did a few circles there in the first part. After that I had to push because I knew I had lost some time, but everything went well, and I was happy to reach the finish. It’s been another long day, especially with the liaison back to the bivouac, so I’ll get some rest now for tomorrow. One more day of racing and then it’s the rest day and I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Friday’s stage six of the 2021 Dakar Rally will see riders make a final push before enjoying a well-earned rest day. Heading west from Al Qaisumah, the 618km stage leads to Ha’il and includes a timed special of 448km, with the route primarily made up of sandy tracks and dunes.

147(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDESMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202105H 09′ 50”
24(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMOMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202105H 10′ 50”+ 00H 01′ 00”
33(AUS) TOBY PRICERED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM05H 11′ 10”+ 00H 01′ 20”
415(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINOSHERCO FACTORY05H 12′ 19”+ 00H 02′ 29”
55(GBR) SAM SUNDERLANDRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM05H 14′ 07”+ 00H 04′ 17”
612(FRA) XAVIER DE SOULTRAITHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING05H 17′ 45”+ 00H 07′ 55”
79(USA) SKYLER HOWESBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM05H 20′ 33”+ 00H 10′ 43”
852(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNERRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM05H 20′ 53”+ 00H 11′ 03”
918(BWA) ROSS BRANCHMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM05H 20′ 55”+ 00H 11′ 05”
102(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLAROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING05H 22′ 05”+ 00H 12′ 15”
1111(SVK) STEFAN SVITKOSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM05H 23′ 29”+ 00H 13′ 39”
121(USA) RICKY BRABECMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202105H 24′ 02”+ 00H 14′ 12”
1377(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDESROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING05H 24′ 13”+ 00H 14′ 23”
1422(POL) MACIEJ GIEMZAORLEN TEAM05H 25′ 40”+ 00H 15′ 50”
1521(AUS) DANIEL SANDERSKTM FACTORY TEAM05H 25′ 51”+ 00H 16′ 01”
1674(ESP) JAUME BETRIUFN SPEED – KTM TEAM05H 28′ 17”+ 00H 18′ 27”
1788(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORTMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202105H 29′ 01”+ 00H 19′ 11”
186(ARG) FRANCO CAIMIMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM05H 34′ 24”+ 00H 24′ 34”
1931(CZE) MARTIN MICHEKORION – MOTO RACING GROUP05H 37′ 03”+ 00H 27′ 13”
2024(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLERHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY05H 40′ 14”+ 00H 30′ 24”
2132(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINAFN SPEED – KTM TEAM05H 41′ 32”+ 00H 31′ 42”
2227(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUESHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY05H 41′ 41”+ 00H 31′ 51”
2342(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVERENMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM05H 44′ 21”+ 00H 34′ 31”
2454(FRA) CAMILLE CHAPELIERETEAM BAINES RALLY05H 46′ 37”+ 00H 36′ 47”
2526(CZE) MILAN ENGELORION – MOTO RACING GROUP05H 47′ 52”+ 00H 38′ 02”
2644(ESP) LAIA SANZGAS GAS FACTORY TEAM05H 49′ 29”+ 00H 39′ 39”
2717(ESP) JOAN PEDRERO GARCIAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM05H 51′ 11”+ 00H 41′ 21”
28142(ITA) MAURIZIO GERINISOLARYS RACING05H 53′ 04”+ 00H 43′ 14”
2987(ESP) ORIOL MENAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM05H 55′ 34”+ 00H 45′ 44”
3076(CZE) ROMAN KREJCIBO!BETON TEAM05H 59′ 05”+ 00H 49′ 15”
3120(POL) ADAM TOMICZEKORLEN TEAM05H 59′ 27”+ 00H 49′ 37”
3230(LTU) ARUNAS GELAZNINKASZIGMAS DAKAR TEAM06H 01′ 51”+ 00H 52′ 01”
3329 (ROU) EMANUEL GYENESAUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM06H 05′ 37”+ 00H 55′ 47”
3419(PRT) RUI GONCALVESSHERCO FACTORY06H 08′ 14”+ 00H 58′ 24”
3537 (CZE) DAVID PABISKAJANTAR TEAM06H 17′ 57”+ 01H 08′ 07”
3663(POL) KONRAD DABROWSKIDUUST RALLY TEAM06H 28′ 14”+ 01H 18′ 24”
3739(FRA) BENJAMIN MELOTBENJAMIN MELOT06H 33′ 38”+ 01H 23′ 48”
38101(GBR) DAVID KNIGHTHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING06H 41′ 20”+ 01H 31′ 30”
3980(AUS) MICHAEL BURGESSBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM06H 44′ 51”+ 01H 35′ 01”
4086(FRA) CHARLIE HERBSTDRAG’ON RALLY TEAM06H 56′ 11”+ 01H 46′ 21”
4133(IND) HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTILSHERCO FACTORY07H 01′ 44”+ 01H 51′ 54”
4248(FRA) MATHIEU DOVEZENOMADE RACING ASSISTANCE07H 03′ 39”+ 01H 53′ 49”00H 05′ 00”
4325(NLD) PAUL SPIERINGSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING07H 03′ 48”+ 01H 53′ 58”
4478(ITA) CESARE ZACCHETTICESARE ZACCHETTI07H 04′ 35”+ 01H 54′ 45”
4584(GBR) NEIL HAWKERNEIL HAWKER07H 16′ 00”+ 02H 06′ 10”
4641(CHN) ZAKER YAKPWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM07H 23′ 02”+ 02H 13′ 12”00H 40′ 00”
47108(ESP) MARC CALMETFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM07H 23′ 58”+ 02H 14′ 08”
4897(SVK) MARTIN BENKONORWIT RACING07H 30′ 17”+ 02H 20′ 27”
4981 (SVK) ERIK VLCAKSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM07H 31′ 15”+ 02H 21′ 25”
5095(FRA) XAVIER FLICKXTREM RACING07H 32′ 14”+ 02H 22′ 24”
5153(CZE) LIBOR PODMOLPODMOL DAKAR TEAM07H 33′ 15”+ 02H 23′ 25”
5246(SVN) SIMON MARCICMARCIC07H 47′ 49”+ 02H 37′ 59”
5398(ESP) SARA GARCIAPONT GRUP YAMAHA07H 48′ 25”+ 02H 38′ 35”
5499(ESP) JAVI VEGA PUERTAPONT GRUP YAMAHA07H 49′ 25”+ 02H 39′ 35”
5579 (FRA) AMAURY BARATINHORIZON MOTO 9507H 58′ 11”+ 02H 48′ 21”
56121(FRA) GUILLAUME BARTHELEMYTEAM RS CONCEPT08H 01′ 48”+ 02H 51′ 58”
5762(AUS) ANDREW JOSEPH HOULIHANNOMADAS ADVENTURE08H 05′ 16”+ 02H 55′ 26”00H 20′ 00”
5865(ITA) FRANCO PICCOTEAM FRANCO PICCO08H 11′ 05”+ 03H 01′ 15”
5967(CZE) RUDOLF LHOTSKYJANTAR TEAM08H 13′ 24”+ 03H 03′ 34”00H 02′ 00”
6055(CHN) ZHAO HONGYIWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM08H 16′ 26”+ 03H 06′ 36”
61105(ESP) FERNANDO DOMINGUEZCLUB AVENTURA TOUAREG08H 17′ 33”+ 03H 07′ 43”
62107 (ITA) GIOVANNI STIGLIANOTEAM JBRALLY08H 21′ 24”+ 03H 11′ 34”
63114 (ESP) ELADIO CARBONELL MENDEZPIKAERAS TEAM08H 23′ 14”+ 03H 13′ 24”
6494(FRA) OLIVIER SUSSETXTREM RACING08H 24′ 39”+ 03H 14′ 49”
6551(ESP) RACHID AL-LAL LAHADILMELILLA SPORT CAPITAL08H 25′ 36”+ 03H 15′ 46”
6670(SAU) MISHAL ALGHUNEIMMISHAL ALGHUNEIM08H 26′ 00”+ 03H 16′ 10”
67125(FRA) FRÉDÉRIC BARLERINRALLYE FRED08H 26′ 21”+ 03H 16′ 31”
68115(NLD) OLAF HARMSENBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM08H 26′ 41”+ 03H 16′ 51”00H 02′ 00”
6958(ESP) EDUARDO IGLESIAS SANCHEZFN SPEED – TEAM MONFORTE RALLY08H 27′ 06”+ 03H 17′ 16”
7069(BEL) WALTER ROELANTSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING08H 29′ 17”+ 03H 19′ 27”
7160(FRA) STÉPHANE DARQUESM.O.R.AL08H 30′ 08”+ 03H 20′ 18”
7235(MEX) JUAN PABLO GUILLEN RIVERANOMADAS ADVENTURE08H 34′ 32”+ 03H 24′ 42”
7389 (SRB) GABOR SAGHMEISTERSAGHMEISTER TEAM08H 46′ 39”+ 03H 36′ 49”
74100(FRA) AUDREY ROSSATTEAM RS CONCEPT08H 51′ 42”+ 03H 41′ 52”
7561(FRA) NORBERT DUBOISAVENTURE MOTO 6109H 04′ 34”+ 03H 54′ 44”00H 05′ 00”
7671(BHR) SALMAN MOHAMED HUMOOD FARHANHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING09H 06′ 55”+ 03H 57′ 05”00H 09′ 00”
77112 (ESP) JUAN CAMPDERAJUAN CAMPDERA09H 17′ 33”+ 04H 07′ 43”
7885(PRT) ALEXANDRE AZINHAISCLUB AVENTURA TOUAREG77H 00′ 00”+ 71H 50′ 10”62H 00′ 00”
79123(ITA) ANGELO PEDEMONTEPEDEMONTE ANGELO77H 00′ 00”+ 71H 50′ 10”62H 00′ 00”

Provisional Standings (after stage five) – 2021 Dakar Rally

147(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDESMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202120H 15′ 39”00H 02′ 00”
212(FRA) XAVIER DE SOULTRAITHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING20H 18′ 10”+ 00H 02′ 31”
34(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMOMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202120H 19′ 21”+ 00H 03′ 42”
43(AUS) TOBY PRICERED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM20H 19′ 22”+ 00H 03′ 43”
55(GBR) SAM SUNDERLANDRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM20H 21′ 45”+ 00H 06′ 06”
615(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINOSHERCO FACTORY20H 25′ 10”+ 00H 09′ 31”
79(USA) SKYLER HOWESBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM20H 26′ 24”+ 00H 10′ 45”00H 01′ 00”
818(BWA) ROSS BRANCHMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM20H 26′ 44”+ 00H 11′ 05”00H 01′ 00”
988(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORTMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202120H 29′ 41”+ 00H 14′ 02”
1077(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDESROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING20H 30′ 09”+ 00H 14′ 30”00H 01′ 00”
112(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLAROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING20H 32′ 01”+ 00H 16′ 22”
1211(SVK) STEFAN SVITKOSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM20H 36′ 43”+ 00H 21′ 04”
1321(AUS) DANIEL SANDERSKTM FACTORY TEAM20H 40′ 24”+ 00H 24′ 45”00H 07′ 00”
141(USA) RICKY BRABECMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202120H 40′ 48”+ 00H 25′ 09”
1542(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVERENMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM20H 54′ 30”+ 00H 38′ 51”
166(ARG) FRANCO CAIMIMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM20H 59′ 33”+ 00H 43′ 54”
1731(CZE) MARTIN MICHEKORION – MOTO RACING GROUP21H 01′ 10”+ 00H 45′ 31”00H 01′ 00”
1822(POL) MACIEJ GIEMZAORLEN TEAM21H 02′ 29”+ 00H 46′ 50”
1927(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUESHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY21H 03′ 42”+ 00H 48′ 03”00H 02′ 00”
2024(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLERHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY21H 29′ 27”+ 01H 13′ 48”00H 02′ 00”
2174(ESP) JAUME BETRIUFN SPEED – KTM TEAM21H 31′ 32”+ 01H 15′ 53”00H 05′ 00”
2217(ESP) JOAN PEDRERO GARCIAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM21H 33′ 12”+ 01H 17′ 33”
2387(ESP) ORIOL MENAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM21H 34′ 02”+ 01H 18′ 23”
2432(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINAFN SPEED – KTM TEAM21H 45′ 55”+ 01H 30′ 16”
2520(POL) ADAM TOMICZEKORLEN TEAM21H 55′ 50”+ 01H 40′ 11”
2626(CZE) MILAN ENGELORION – MOTO RACING GROUP22H 05′ 52”+ 01H 50′ 13”
2744(ESP) LAIA SANZGAS GAS FACTORY TEAM22H 09′ 26”+ 01H 53′ 47”00H 10′ 00”
2819(PRT) RUI GONCALVESSHERCO FACTORY22H 20′ 23”+ 02H 04′ 44”
2952(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNERRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM22H 31′ 39”+ 02H 16′ 00”00H 02′ 00”
30142(ITA) MAURIZIO GERINISOLARYS RACING22H 56′ 14”+ 02H 40′ 35”00H 03′ 00”
3130(LTU) ARUNAS GELAZNINKASZIGMAS DAKAR TEAM23H 03′ 28”+ 02H 47′ 49”
3276(CZE) ROMAN KREJCIBO!BETON TEAM23H 12′ 41”+ 02H 57′ 02”
3329 (ROU) EMANUEL GYENESAUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM23H 25′ 13”+ 03H 09′ 34”
3454(FRA) CAMILLE CHAPELIERETEAM BAINES RALLY23H 28′ 45”+ 03H 13′ 06”00H 40′ 00”
3525(NLD) PAUL SPIERINGSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING23H 57′ 10”+ 03H 41′ 31”
3639(FRA) BENJAMIN MELOTBENJAMIN MELOT24H 14′ 02”+ 03H 58′ 23”00H 01′ 00”
3737 (CZE) DAVID PABISKAJANTAR TEAM24H 21′ 31”+ 04H 05′ 52”00H 01′ 00”
3880(AUS) MICHAEL BURGESSBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM24H 25′ 14”+ 04H 09′ 35”00H 10′ 00”
3933(IND) HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTILSHERCO FACTORY24H 29′ 15”+ 04H 13′ 36”
4063(POL) KONRAD DABROWSKIDUUST RALLY TEAM24H 32′ 07”+ 04H 16′ 28”
41101(GBR) DAVID KNIGHTHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING24H 42′ 42”+ 04H 27′ 03”00H 24′ 00”
4241(CHN) ZAKER YAKPWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM25H 07′ 58”+ 04H 52′ 19”00H 40′ 00”
4348(FRA) MATHIEU DOVEZENOMADE RACING ASSISTANCE25H 36′ 08”+ 05H 20′ 29”00H 05′ 00”
4495(FRA) XAVIER FLICKXTREM RACING25H 37′ 59”+ 05H 22′ 20”
4553(CZE) LIBOR PODMOLPODMOL DAKAR TEAM26H 09′ 37”+ 05H 53′ 58”00H 06′ 00”
46108(ESP) MARC CALMETFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM26H 35′ 06”+ 06H 19′ 27”00H 02′ 00”
4786(FRA) CHARLIE HERBSTDRAG’ON RALLY TEAM26H 45′ 57”+ 06H 30′ 18”00H 02′ 00”
4846(SVN) SIMON MARCICMARCIC27H 14′ 11”+ 06H 58′ 32”00H 02′ 00”
4997(SVK) MARTIN BENKONORWIT RACING27H 31′ 22”+ 07H 15′ 43”00H 08′ 00”
5078(ITA) CESARE ZACCHETTICESARE ZACCHETTI27H 42′ 35”+ 07H 26′ 56”00H 10′ 00”
5184(GBR) NEIL HAWKERNEIL HAWKER27H 54′ 16”+ 07H 38′ 37”00H 02′ 00”
5279 (FRA) AMAURY BARATINHORIZON MOTO 9528H 10′ 50”+ 07H 55′ 11”00H 05′ 00”
5381 (SVK) ERIK VLCAKSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM28H 19′ 08”+ 08H 03′ 29”00H 06′ 00”
5465(ITA) FRANCO PICCOTEAM FRANCO PICCO28H 22′ 47”+ 08H 07′ 08”00H 01′ 00”
5570(SAU) MISHAL ALGHUNEIMMISHAL ALGHUNEIM28H 23′ 24”+ 08H 07′ 45”00H 22′ 00”
5667(CZE) RUDOLF LHOTSKYJANTAR TEAM28H 30′ 39”+ 08H 15′ 00”00H 29′ 00”
5798(ESP) SARA GARCIAPONT GRUP YAMAHA28H 46′ 37”+ 08H 30′ 58”00H 05′ 00”
5855(CHN) ZHAO HONGYIWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM28H 59′ 09”+ 08H 43′ 30”
5960(FRA) STÉPHANE DARQUESM.O.R.AL29H 01′ 32”+ 08H 45′ 53”00H 02′ 30”
6099(ESP) JAVI VEGA PUERTAPONT GRUP YAMAHA29H 02′ 56”+ 08H 47′ 17”
61121(FRA) GUILLAUME BARTHELEMYTEAM RS CONCEPT29H 21′ 19”+ 09H 05′ 40”
6235(MEX) JUAN PABLO GUILLEN RIVERANOMADAS ADVENTURE30H 12′ 31”+ 09H 56′ 52”00H 22′ 00”
6362(AUS) ANDREW JOSEPH HOULIHANNOMADAS ADVENTURE30H 43′ 03”+ 10H 27′ 24”01H 27′ 00”
6469(BEL) WALTER ROELANTSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING31H 07′ 20”+ 10H 51′ 41”00H 07′ 00”
6594(FRA) OLIVIER SUSSETXTREM RACING31H 49′ 27”+ 11H 33′ 48”00H 08′ 00”
66125(FRA) FRÉDÉRIC BARLERINRALLYE FRED31H 51′ 08”+ 11H 35′ 29”00H 00′ 30”
6758(ESP) EDUARDO IGLESIAS SANCHEZFN SPEED – TEAM MONFORTE RALLY31H 55′ 16”+ 11H 39′ 37”00H 01′ 00”
6851(ESP) RACHID AL-LAL LAHADILMELILLA SPORT CAPITAL32H 09′ 34”+ 11H 53′ 55”00H 05′ 30”
69105(ESP) FERNANDO DOMINGUEZCLUB AVENTURA TOUAREG32H 20′ 14”+ 12H 04′ 35”00H 05′ 00”
70114 (ESP) ELADIO CARBONELL MENDEZPIKAERAS TEAM32H 30′ 16”+ 12H 14′ 37”00H 26′ 00”
71107 (ITA) GIOVANNI STIGLIANOTEAM JBRALLY32H 53′ 27”+ 12H 37′ 48”00H 05′ 30”
7261(FRA) NORBERT DUBOISAVENTURE MOTO 6133H 26′ 29”+ 13H 10′ 50”00H 21′ 00”
7389 (SRB) GABOR SAGHMEISTERSAGHMEISTER TEAM33H 29′ 25”+ 13H 13′ 46”
74115(NLD) OLAF HARMSENBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM33H 42′ 59”+ 13H 27′ 20”00H 42′ 00”
7571(BHR) SALMAN MOHAMED HUMOOD FARHANHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING34H 29′ 55”+ 14H 14′ 16”00H 09′ 00”
76100(FRA) AUDREY ROSSATTEAM RS CONCEPT34H 30′ 13”+ 14H 14′ 34”00H 21′ 00”
77112 (ESP) JUAN CAMPDERAJUAN CAMPDERA35H 26′ 12”+ 15H 10′ 33”00H 01′ 00”

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