The South African Henk Lategan (Toyota Gazoo) won the fifth stage of the Dakar, starting and finishing in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), by dominating the special stage (special) and outdo the French Sebastien Loeb (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) in one minute and 58 seconds; result that served to scratch 2'55 "to the leader of the general, the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The Spanish Carlos Sainz (Audi) lost an hour by standing still before kilometer 199 due to problems in one of its shock absorbers. It is the same setback that his teammate, the Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, had and that when he saw him and was already out of all fighting in general he stopped to help him.
Sainz, what He already accumulated 2h20'13 "behind Al-Attiyah In the general classification after the fateful penultimate checkpoint of stage 1B, he gave himself an hour to repair his car.
A fifth stage that served to confirm the good form of the Argentine Lucio Álvarez and his co-driver, the Spanish Armand Monleon. At the controls of their Toyota Overdrive they finished third, 2'10 "behind Lategan and climb to the same position overall, beating Saudi and teammate Yazeed Al Rajhi.
For its part, the Spanish Nani Roma (Bahrain Raid Xtreme), who said goodbye yesterday Wednesday to all his options in the general after capsizing, he regained confidence with the car and finished the stage nine minutes and 44 seconds behind the winner.
Al-Attiyah, who is looking to win his fourth Dakar (after those won in 2011, 2015, 2019), from the second day, He took out the calculator again and closely followed his pursuer in the general, Loeb. This cut him 2'55 ", so the Qatari still has an advantage of 35 minutes and 10 seconds.
Top five finishers of the fifth stage:
1 - Henk Lategan (LDS-Toyota Gazoo)
2 - Sebastién Loeb (FRA-Bahrain Raid Xtreme): at 1'58 "
3 - Lucio Álvarez (ARG-Overdrive Toyota): at 2'10 "
4 - Mathieu Serradori (FRA-SRT Racing): at 2'24 "
5 - Jakub Przygoński (Mini X-Raid): 3'20 "
Toby Price takes the fifth stage of motorcycles
The australian Toby Price (KTM) won the fifth stage of the Dakar, with departure and arrival in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), after going back three minutes behind in the last 100 kilometers of a day of which Briton Sam Sunderland (Gas Gas) reappears as leader of the general of motorcycles.
A stage that seemed decadent, but that was decided at the last minute. Australian Daniel Sanders (Gas Gas) seemed to have in his hand to regain the leadership he had after the first two days, but a puncture when he was first of the special made him lose 13 'and 11 ”.
Problems also for Argentine Kevin Benvides (KTM). The current champion was going to get fully into the title dispute, marching second at 221 timed kilometers, but He ended up leaving 8'56 ”with respect to Price. At least he was able to cut Sunderland by two minutes and 21 seconds.
The Briton sees his distance in the overall lead reduced. Of the three minutes of advantage over the Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM), they go to 2'29 ”in the provisional classification after the fifth stage. Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) remains third but lost time and stands at 5'59 ”.
For its part, the Spanish Lorenzo Santolino, who finished the stage 19 th, drops to sixth place overall, losing a place and placing himself 15'27 ”behind Sunderland.
After a few final kilometers with many variations, Italian Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM), ex-MotoGP rider for ten seasons and debutant in the Dakar, He showed his speed again, after being third yesterday Wednesday although later he was penalized with 10 ”, and finished second at 4'14” behind Price.
Only two seconds behind ended the botsuan Ross Branch (Yamaha) and in fourth place, three seconds behind him, the Chilean Nacho Cornejo (Honda).
The results will be adapted after the interruption of the fifth stage
Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), organizer of the Dakar, decided to interrupt motorcycle races and the Dakar Classic before everyone completed the special stage (special) by not being able to comply with the security measures due to the "strong mobilization of air assistance means."
"The results of the motorcycle categories and the Dakar Classic will be adapted to the situation in accordance with current regulations. The officials are evaluating different options to choose the fairest solution for all the pilots, both those who have completed the special and those who are standing on the track, "he said in a statement.
Top five finishers of the fifth stage:
Toby Price (AUS-KTM)
Danilo Petrucci (ITA-Tech 3 KTM): at 4'14 ”
Ross Branch (BWA-Yamaha): at 4'16 ”
Nacho Cornejo (CHI-Honda): at 4'19 ”
Ricky Brabec (USA-Honda): 5'46 ”