STAGE 13: Shaybah - Al-Hofuf
Today, was the penultimate stage of this 2023 Dakar. There were some surprises in the motorcycle category with the retirement of one of the leaders and the non-start of Mason Klein. Today’s stage was 654 kilometers long and including 154 of special which took the competitors from Shaybah to Al-Hofuf. Our Sherco Factory Rally rider Lorenzo Santolino managed his race without taking any risks and finished 18th at 10mn 34s. In the general classification, he climbs back to the top 10 and is now in 9th place.
“Today we rode a lot in the dunes, sometimes very high and on the final portion the terrain was made up of faster undulating areas interspersed with small dunes. On some sections, we had the sun behind us and visibility was penalized, I preferred not to take any risks and only rode very fast when the conditions allowed it to ensure the finish, especially since I saw the helicopter that came to pick up Walkner who had crashed. Tomorrow will be the last stage! ".
Tomorrow the riders will set off for the 14th and final stage, 417 km from Al-Hofuf to Dammam, including 136 km of special.
Ranking for the day:
Lorenzo Santolino: P18, +10mn 34s.
Lorenzo Santolino: P9, +1h 10 min.
Source Sherco Factory Rally Team