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Price takes Dakar lead at halfway stage

Sam Sunderland leaps in today’s Dakar action

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has put in another strong performance at the 2021 Dakar, finishing as seventh fastest on today’s sixth stage to take the provisional overall lead going into Saturday’s rest day. Briton Sam Sunderland placed ninth and is now sixth overall while Honda’s Joan Barreda won the day’s special stage.

Following Thursday’s exhausting stage five, riders were hoping for an easier time on the final special before the rest day. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Despite being shortened to 347km from the original length of 448km, stage six truly tested all competitors’ navigation skills and stamina by delivering a tough day made up of sandy, twisting tracks, before opening out into a mixture of both hard dirt trails and soft dunes.

Toby Price backed up his strong third-place finish on stage five with a storming ride from the front on day six. Setting off as the third rider to enter the special, the two-time Dakar champion had caught the two riders ahead of him by kilometer 100. Riding in a group of three from there to the finish, Price was able to find a solid rhythm and navigate through the dunes without major issues. With his seventh-place result, Toby lost the very minimum of time to his rivals, completing the special less than four minutes down and in doing so takes the lead of the 2021 event.

Toby Price:“Today they cut about 100km out of the stage and that definitely helped us because it’s still been a really tough day out there. It took a while, but I managed to catch the two guys ahead of me and luckily we were able to keep up a really good pace right at the front. I did have one little get-off that twisted the road book tower a little bit but apart from that there were no problems. It feels great to have taken the overall lead, but after such an up and down week the most important thing is we’re fit and in good shape for the second half of the rally. The plan now is to enjoy the rest day and then hopefully more of the same next week.”

Showing the sort of consistency that took him to the win at the 2017 Dakar Rally, Sam Sunderland delivered another solid performance today, finishing as ninth fastest to complete the first week of racing in sixth position in the general rankings. Trailing his teammate and overall event leader by just less than four and a half minutes, Sunderland will enjoy a strong start position for the dune-heavy stage seven and hopes to claw back valuable minutes on his favored terrain.

Sam Sunderland:“Another long day and it was really, really fast. I tried my hardest to catch up to the guys in front but their pace was quite high and so I ended up riding most of the stage on my own, concentrating on my road book and trying to ensure a safe finish before rest day. This first week has been good, I’ve been able to avoid the big yo-yo effect of leading out and then playing catch up by just staying consistent every day. It seems to have paid off too, because I’m in a good position overall and feel strong for next week.”

David Knight was 31st in his best ride of the event, while Neil was Hakwer 47th. They are 37th and 48th overall in the event.

Saturday at the 2021 Dakar Rally is rest day. Competitors will remain in Ha’il and enjoy a day off from racing before resuming competition again on Sunday with the 737km stage seven.

188(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORTMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202103H 45′ 27”
218(BWA) ROSS BRANCHMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM03H 45′ 40”+ 00H 00′ 13”
321(AUS) DANIEL SANDERSKTM FACTORY TEAM03H 46′ 20”+ 00H 00′ 53”
41(USA) RICKY BRABECMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202103H 47′ 51”+ 00H 02′ 24”
552(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNERRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM03H 48′ 41”+ 00H 03′ 14”
642(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVERENMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM03H 49′ 00”+ 00H 03′ 33”
73(AUS) TOBY PRICERED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM03H 49′ 21”+ 00H 03′ 54”
827(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUESHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY03H 50′ 02”+ 00H 04′ 35”
95(GBR) SAM SUNDERLANDRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM03H 51′ 21”+ 00H 05′ 54”
102(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLAROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING03H 51′ 55”+ 00H 06′ 28”
114(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMOMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202103H 52′ 19”+ 00H 06′ 52”
129(USA) SKYLER HOWESBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM03H 52′ 31”+ 00H 07′ 04”
136(ARG) FRANCO CAIMIMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM03H 53′ 20”+ 00H 07′ 53”
1412(FRA) XAVIER DE SOULTRAITHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING03H 54′ 14”+ 00H 08′ 47”
1531(CZE) MARTIN MICHEKORION – MOTO RACING GROUP03H 54′ 55”+ 00H 09′ 28”
1677(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDESROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING03H 54′ 56”+ 00H 09′ 29”
1747(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDESMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202103H 55′ 20”+ 00H 09′ 53”
1815(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINOSHERCO FACTORY03H 57′ 19”+ 00H 11′ 52”
1911(SVK) STEFAN SVITKOSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM03H 57′ 30”+ 00H 12′ 03”
2074(ESP) JAUME BETRIUFN SPEED – KTM TEAM03H 59′ 38”+ 00H 14′ 11”
2124(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLERHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY04H 06′ 01”+ 00H 20′ 34”
2232(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINAFN SPEED – KTM TEAM04H 07′ 15”+ 00H 21′ 48”
2322(POL) MACIEJ GIEMZAORLEN TEAM04H 11′ 06”+ 00H 25′ 39”
2417(ESP) JOAN PEDRERO GARCIAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM04H 11′ 21”+ 00H 25′ 54”
2544(ESP) LAIA SANZGAS GAS FACTORY TEAM04H 16′ 23”+ 00H 30′ 56”
2654(FRA) CAMILLE CHAPELIERETEAM BAINES RALLY04H 21′ 06”+ 00H 35′ 39”
2725(NLD) PAUL SPIERINGSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING04H 21′ 18”+ 00H 35′ 51”
2826(CZE) MILAN ENGELORION – MOTO RACING GROUP04H 21′ 34”+ 00H 36′ 07”
2933(IND) HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTILSHERCO FACTORY04H 21′ 49”+ 00H 36′ 22”
3036(CZE) JAN BRABECSTROJRENT RACING04H 22′ 41”+ 00H 37′ 14”00H 15′ 00”
31101(GBR) DAVID KNIGHTHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING04H 23′ 19”+ 00H 37′ 52”
3280(AUS) MICHAEL BURGESSBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM04H 24′ 17”+ 00H 38′ 50”
3339(FRA) BENJAMIN MELOTBENJAMIN MELOT04H 27′ 36”+ 00H 42′ 09”
3430(LTU) ARUNAS GELAZNINKASZIGMAS DAKAR TEAM04H 28′ 09”+ 00H 42′ 42”
35142(ITA) MAURIZIO GERINISOLARYS RACING04H 30′ 59”+ 00H 45′ 32”
3619(PRT) RUI GONCALVESSHERCO FACTORY04H 32′ 07”+ 00H 46′ 40”
3753(CZE) LIBOR PODMOLPODMOL DAKAR TEAM04H 33′ 43”+ 00H 48′ 16”
3841(CHN) ZAKER YAKPWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM04H 37′ 32”+ 00H 52′ 05”
3948(FRA) MATHIEU DOVEZENOMADE RACING ASSISTANCE04H 42′ 23”+ 00H 56′ 56”
4029 (ROU) EMANUEL GYENESAUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM04H 45′ 09”+ 00H 59′ 42”
4137 (CZE) DAVID PABISKAJANTAR TEAM04H 52′ 37”+ 01H 07′ 10”
4263(POL) KONRAD DABROWSKIDUUST RALLY TEAM04H 52′ 55”+ 01H 07′ 28”
4395(FRA) XAVIER FLICKXTREM RACING04H 53′ 07”+ 01H 07′ 40”
4446(SVN) SIMON MARCICMARCIC05H 00′ 31”+ 01H 15′ 04”
4587(ESP) ORIOL MENAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM05H 05′ 12”+ 01H 19′ 45”
4686(FRA) CHARLIE HERBSTDRAG’ON RALLY TEAM05H 12′ 51”+ 01H 27′ 24”
4784(GBR) NEIL HAWKERNEIL HAWKER05H 19′ 04”+ 01H 33′ 37”
48108(ESP) MARC CALMETFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM05H 20′ 21”+ 01H 34′ 54”
4955(CHN) ZHAO HONGYIWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM05H 24′ 31”+ 01H 39′ 04”
5098(ESP) SARA GARCIAPONT GRUP YAMAHA05H 29′ 59”+ 01H 44′ 32”
5199(ESP) JAVI VEGA PUERTAPONT GRUP YAMAHA05H 30′ 06”+ 01H 44′ 39”
5297(SVK) MARTIN BENKONORWIT RACING05H 30′ 34”+ 01H 45′ 07”
5381 (SVK) ERIK VLCAKSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM05H 30′ 35”+ 01H 45′ 08”
5465(ITA) FRANCO PICCOTEAM FRANCO PICCO05H 33′ 32”+ 01H 48′ 05”
5560(FRA) STÉPHANE DARQUESM.O.R.AL05H 35′ 11”+ 01H 49′ 44”
5678(ITA) CESARE ZACCHETTICESARE ZACCHETTI05H 38′ 34”+ 01H 53′ 07”
5735(MEX) JUAN PABLO GUILLEN RIVERANOMADAS ADVENTURE05H 39′ 14”+ 01H 53′ 47”

Overall standings

13(AUS) TOBY PRICERED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM24H 08′ 43”
247(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDESMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202124H 10′ 59”+ 00H 02′ 16”00H 02′ 00”
34(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMOMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202124H 11′ 40”+ 00H 02′ 57”
418(BWA) ROSS BRANCHMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM24H 12′ 24”+ 00H 03′ 41”00H 01′ 00”
512(FRA) XAVIER DE SOULTRAITHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING24H 12′ 24”+ 00H 03′ 41”
65(GBR) SAM SUNDERLANDRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM24H 13′ 06”+ 00H 04′ 23”
788(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORTMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202124H 15′ 08”+ 00H 06′ 25”
89(USA) SKYLER HOWESBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM24H 18′ 55”+ 00H 10′ 12”00H 01′ 00”
915(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINOSHERCO FACTORY24H 22′ 29”+ 00H 13′ 46”
102(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLAROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING24H 23′ 56”+ 00H 15′ 13”
1177(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDESROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING24H 25′ 05”+ 00H 16′ 22”00H 01′ 00”
1221(AUS) DANIEL SANDERSKTM FACTORY TEAM24H 26′ 44”+ 00H 18′ 01”00H 07′ 00”
131(USA) RICKY BRABECMONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202124H 28′ 39”+ 00H 19′ 56”
1411(SVK) STEFAN SVITKOSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM24H 34′ 13”+ 00H 25′ 30”
1542(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVERENMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM24H 43′ 30”+ 00H 34′ 47”
166(ARG) FRANCO CAIMIMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM24H 52′ 53”+ 00H 44′ 10”
1727(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUESHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY24H 53′ 44”+ 00H 45′ 01”00H 02′ 00”
1831(CZE) MARTIN MICHEKORION – MOTO RACING GROUP24H 56′ 05”+ 00H 47′ 22”00H 01′ 00”
1922(POL) MACIEJ GIEMZAORLEN TEAM25H 13′ 35”+ 01H 04′ 52”
2074(ESP) JAUME BETRIUFN SPEED – KTM TEAM25H 31′ 10”+ 01H 22′ 27”00H 05′ 00”
2124(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLERHERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY25H 35′ 28”+ 01H 26′ 45”00H 02′ 00”
2217(ESP) JOAN PEDRERO GARCIAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM25H 44′ 33”+ 01H 35′ 50”
2332(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINAFN SPEED – KTM TEAM25H 53′ 10”+ 01H 44′ 27”
2452(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNERRED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM26H 20′ 20”+ 02H 11′ 37”00H 02′ 00”
2544(ESP) LAIA SANZGAS GAS FACTORY TEAM26H 25′ 49”+ 02H 17′ 06”00H 10′ 00”
2626(CZE) MILAN ENGELORION – MOTO RACING GROUP26H 27′ 26”+ 02H 18′ 43”
2787(ESP) ORIOL MENAFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM26H 39′ 14”+ 02H 30′ 31”
2819(PRT) RUI GONCALVESSHERCO FACTORY26H 52′ 30”+ 02H 43′ 47”
29142(ITA) MAURIZIO GERINISOLARYS RACING27H 27′ 13”+ 03H 18′ 30”00H 03′ 00”
3030(LTU) ARUNAS GELAZNINKASZIGMAS DAKAR TEAM27H 31′ 37”+ 03H 22′ 54”
3154(FRA) CAMILLE CHAPELIERETEAM BAINES RALLY27H 49′ 51”+ 03H 41′ 08”00H 40′ 00”
3229 (ROU) EMANUEL GYENESAUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM28H 10′ 22”+ 04H 01′ 39”
3325(NLD) PAUL SPIERINGSHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING28H 18′ 28”+ 04H 09′ 45”
3439(FRA) BENJAMIN MELOTBENJAMIN MELOT28H 41′ 38”+ 04H 32′ 55”00H 01′ 00”
3580(AUS) MICHAEL BURGESSBAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM28H 49′ 31”+ 04H 40′ 48”00H 10′ 00”
3633(IND) HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTILSHERCO FACTORY28H 51′ 04”+ 04H 42′ 21”
37101(GBR) DAVID KNIGHTHT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING29H 06′ 01”+ 04H 57′ 18”00H 24′ 00”
3837 (CZE) DAVID PABISKAJANTAR TEAM29H 14′ 08”+ 05H 05′ 25”00H 01′ 00”
3963(POL) KONRAD DABROWSKIDUUST RALLY TEAM29H 25′ 02”+ 05H 16′ 19”
4041(CHN) ZAKER YAKPWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM29H 45′ 30”+ 05H 36′ 47”00H 40′ 00”
4148(FRA) MATHIEU DOVEZENOMADE RACING ASSISTANCE30H 18′ 31”+ 06H 09′ 48”00H 05′ 00”
4295(FRA) XAVIER FLICKXTREM RACING30H 31′ 06”+ 06H 22′ 23”
4353(CZE) LIBOR PODMOLPODMOL DAKAR TEAM30H 43′ 20”+ 06H 34′ 37”00H 06′ 00”
44108(ESP) MARC CALMETFN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM31H 55′ 27”+ 07H 46′ 44”00H 02′ 00”
4586(FRA) CHARLIE HERBSTDRAG’ON RALLY TEAM31H 58′ 48”+ 07H 50′ 05”00H 02′ 00”
4646(SVN) SIMON MARCICMARCIC32H 14′ 42”+ 08H 05′ 59”00H 02′ 00”
4797(SVK) MARTIN BENKONORWIT RACING33H 01′ 56”+ 08H 53′ 13”00H 08′ 00”
4884(GBR) NEIL HAWKERNEIL HAWKER33H 13′ 20”+ 09H 04′ 37”00H 02′ 00”
4978(ITA) CESARE ZACCHETTICESARE ZACCHETTI33H 21′ 09”+ 09H 12′ 26”00H 10′ 00”
5081 (SVK) ERIK VLCAKSLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM33H 49′ 43”+ 09H 41′ 00”00H 06′ 00”
5165(ITA) FRANCO PICCOTEAM FRANCO PICCO33H 56′ 19”+ 09H 47′ 36”00H 01′ 00”
5298(ESP) SARA GARCIAPONT GRUP YAMAHA34H 16′ 36”+ 10H 07′ 53”00H 05′ 00”
5355(CHN) ZHAO HONGYIWU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM34H 23′ 40”+ 10H 14′ 57”
5499(ESP) JAVI VEGA PUERTAPONT GRUP YAMAHA34H 33′ 02”+ 10H 24′ 19”
5560(FRA) STÉPHANE DARQUESM.O.R.AL34H 36′ 43”+ 10H 28′ 00”00H 02′ 30”
5635(MEX) JUAN PABLO GUILLEN RIVERANOMADAS ADVENTURE35H 51′ 45”+ 11H 43′ 02”00H 22′ 00”
5736(CZE) JAN BRABECSTROJRENT RACING97H 08′ 38”+ 72H 59′ 55”62H 16′ 00”
58110(POL) JACEK BARTOSZEKDUUST RALLY TEAM127H 07′ 46”+ 102H 59′ 03”74H 16′ 00”
5990(ITA) FRANCESCO CATANESETUTTOGRU127H 43′ 23”+ 103H 34′ 40”74H 00′ 00”
6082 (IND) ASHISH RAORANEASHISH RAORANE127H 55′ 19”+ 103H 46′ 36”74H 02′ 00”


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