Dakar 2022: Sam Sunderland overcomes a challenging stage 10


Hot on the heels of his incredible ride yesterday, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland was fired up for a repeat performance on today’s stage 10 of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Frustratingly, an unfortunate mistake in a series of rocky canyons prevented the early rally leader from featuring at the top of the timesheets today. However, thanks to his impressive stage results through the first nine days, Sam remains well-placed in the provisional overall standings in second, just under six minutes behind the current leader.
Tough day for Sam but the Brit remains upbeat Tomorrow set to be a pivotal day in the rally
Just two days and 508 kilometers of racing to go!

Sam Sunderland: “Day 10 is in the books and it was a tough one. Early on, Mason Klein crashed so I stopped to make sure he was ok as it looked like he’d had a big one, but I think he’s ok. I then set off and things were going good. I felt strong on the bike and my pace was solid. But then I ended up in the wrong canyon near the end and lost a bit of time. With two days to go and the times so close, it’s too close to call. It’s wide open so it certainly makes for an exciting race!”

Despite taking a wrong turn during stage 10, Sam remained calm and brought his GASGAS RC 450F home without losing too much time. With the overall classification shaken up after today’s seriously tough special, the battle for the win now features five talented racers with just two stages remaining. Fortunately for Sam, he’ll be the 19th rider to take on the 345-kilometer special tomorrow where he’ll have no option other than to get on the gas and deliver as strong a result as he can in the hope of opening up an advantage over his rivals, ahead of the allimportant final stage on Friday.

Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2022, stage 10

1.Toby Price (KTM) 3:05:32
2.Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:07:41
3.Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:09:07
19. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:16:50

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 10)

1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 33:27:06
2.Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 33:33:05
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 33:31:21


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Dakar 2022: Toby Price wins Dakar Stage 10

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has won day 10 of the 2022 Dakar Rally – his first stage win at the 44th running of the event. On what was a day of mixed fortunes for the team, Matthias Walkner lost some time while opening the stage, but still lies fourth overall in the provisional overall standings. Danilo Petrucci enjoyed a solid stage, finishing 11th quickest. Unfortunately for Kevin Benavides, his rally came to a premature end when a technical issue forced him to withdraw from the event.

A long, 759-kilometer day in the saddle lay ahead of the riders as they entered stage 10 of the rally from Wadi Ad Dawasir to Bisha. The 375-kilometer timed special was mostly made up of fast sandy tracks, with a couple of dirt sections and dunes adding to the mix. Although navigation was relatively straightforward, it was still easy to make a costly mistake when picking a route through the stage.

Despite his relatively late start position into today’s special, Toby Price decided to remain completely focused on his roadbook throughout the stage. The tactic paid off as the two-time Dakar champ delivered a near-faultless run through the challenging stage, slowly moving up the order and taking the lead on time by kilometer 250. Toby’s win moves him up to sixth in the provisional rally standings where he trails the current event leader by just under 28 minutes. A sizeable gap, but one the Aussie hopes to reduce over the final two days of racing.

Toby Price: “It’s been a really good day for me today. I focused on my roadbook the whole way and did a good job with my navigation with only a couple of small mistakes over the whole stage. I’ve moved nicely up the order overall, but there is still a bit of a gap to the front guys. As we know, anything can happen in rally, so I’ll give it my all for these last two days and we’ll see where we end up.”

Setting off as the fourth rider to enter today’s special, Matthias Walkner caught and passed the riders ahead of him by the halfway point, and from there had the unenviable task of opening what was arguably the toughest part of the stage. A couple of small errors ended up with the Austrian losing several minutes to his rivals, but despite the setback, Matthias still lies well within the top five overall and will enjoy a strong start position for tomorrow’s penultimate stage 11.

Matthias Walkner: “The Dakar is always a little bit up and down and today after I hit the front, I lost some time with a couple of small mistakes. The sun was really high today and it made visibility quite bad, which in turn made the pistes really difficult to see when you’re out front. It’s frustrating, but that’s always the way it is. Up to that point I think I was riding really well and making up good time. We still have two very long stages to go, so I’ll get some rest tonight and then be ready to attack again tomorrow.”

Reaching the final stages of his first ever Dakar Rally, Danilo Petrucci continues to put in highly commendable results among the more established rally racers. Completing stage 10 in 11th place, the former MotoGP™ star is now fully focused on the final two stages of the event and claiming a Dakar finish at his first attempt.

Danilo Petrucci: “Today was tough because it became very hot as the day went on and then it’s easier to make mistakes. I’m pleased with my result, but I didn’t push too hard because I’m really close to the end now and my main goal has always been to finish the race. Two more days to go, and I’m looking forward to getting to the end.”

Unfortunately for Kevin Benavides, his 2022 Dakar Rally campaign came to a close following a technical issue on stage 10. Starting the special in third, and making good time, the reigning Dakar Champion was forced to stop at kilometer 133. Unable to complete the stage, Kevin will return to the bivouac and hopefully re-start the event tomorrow, although he will not be eligible to feature in the final classification.

Provisional Results Stage 10 (overall) – 2022 Dakar Rally

1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:05:32
2. Luciano Benavides (ARG), Husqvarna, 3:07:41 +2:09
3. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 3:09:07 +3:35
4. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP), Sherco, 3:11:12 +5:40
5. Andrew Short (USA), Yamaha, 3:12:01 +6:29
Other KTM
11. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), KTM, 3:13:25 +7:53
27. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 3:21:27 +15:55

Provisional Standings – 2022 Dakar Rally after 10 of 12 stages

1. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 33:27:06
2. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GASGAS, 33:33:05 +5:59
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 33:31:21 +6:15
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 33:35:30 +8:24
5. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 33:33:53 +10:47
Other KTM
6. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 33:54:49 +27:43
8. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 34:04:55 +37:49

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Dakar 2022: Adrien Van Beveren Is Back On Top At Dakar Rally 2022

Adrien Van Beveren Is Back On Top At Dakar Rally 2022Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has retaken the lead at the Dakar Rally following the conclusion of today’s stage 10. Delivering his best result of the rally so far with a third-place finish on what was a truly technical special, the Frenchman now returns to the head of the field in the provisional overall standings with a near six-minute advantage over his closest rival. Rounding out an undeniably positive day for the team, Andrew Short also posted his best stage result by completing the special as the fifth fastest rider and now advances three spots in the overall rankings to seventh with two stages remaining.

Even with his less than favourable starting position on stage 10, Adrien Van Beveren set off ninth yet set a blistering pace to quickly reel in the leading riders. From there, the recently turned 31-year-old rode his own race, navigating superbly through the rocky canyons near to the end of the 374-kilometre special to post the third fastest time - his best stage result of the rally so far. Following another strong day in the desert, Van Beveren now enjoys a healthy advantage at the top of the overall standings.

Adrien’s Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team teammate Andrew Short also enjoyed a successful stage 10 with the American securing the fifth fastest time, earning his best stage finish at the 2022 Dakar. As the sixth rider to enter the special, Andrew did a tremendous job in maintaining his high pace through the technical stage. And with the exception of a minor navigational mistake, he successfully brought his Yamaha WR450F Rally home among the leading group of riders.

In the Light Prototype class, Camelia Liparoti continues to enjoy a positive race at the Dakar Rally with the Italian now lying eighth in the provisional standings with two stages and a scheduled 508 kilometres of racing remaining.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 3rd Stage 10 - Like every day I focused heavily on my roadbook and rode the stage with a strong pace throughout. Navigation wasn’t easy today, especially with so many canyons in places, but I did a really good job, I think. I did struggle to find a couple of waypoints but otherwise it was another great stage for me. I went as fast as I could near the end and ended up in a good spot on the stage, and also in the overall. Tomorrow is a big day and opening will be difficult, but I’m ready for the challenge.

Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 5th Stage 10 - Stage 10 was really fun and I’m really happy to have posted by best result of the rally. It was a cool stage that flowed well with a bit of everything, rocks, canyons, some dunes, and even some dust which we haven’t, fortunately, seen too much of this year. I did make one small mistake which cost me a little bit of time, but not too much, so maybe my result would have been better without that. We’re getting close to the finish line now so two to go and I’m excited for tomorrow.

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2022 Dakar: Pablo Quintanilla, second in the 2022 Dakar ahead of the grand finale

The 2022 Dakar Rally enters its final stretch with the frontrunners positioning themselves before the final showdown. Today, most riders opted for a tactical strategy rather than leaving anything to chance in tomorrow’s decisive stage in Bisha. For the Monster Energy Honda Team, Quintanilla moves onto the rally’s virtual final podium, while Joan Barreda finished third on the stage.
With just two days left to run, competitors were looking to play their best hand on stage ten – for the most part a fast-paced, navigation-filled route including 375 kilometres against the clock. The high number of parallel tracks made it a tough task for some of the riders who were forced to make split-second decisions about which paths to follow. A total of 759 kilometres were completed from Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Bisha including the special stage and liaison sections. Fortunately, all four Monster Energy Honda Team riders aboard their Honda CRF450 Rally bikes, made it back, problem-free, to the final bivouac of the Dakar 2022.
Monster Energy Honda Team’s Spanish rider Joan Barreda set a fine pace today and, despite a minor mistake that forced him to have to retrace several kilometres, posted third. However, a subsequent penalty of 2 minutes for speeding in a transfer zone left him fifth in the overall standings, 8’47 behind the leader.
Pablo Quintanilla, tenth on the day, moved up into second place in the overall rally standings with two days left before the rally ends in Jeddah. The Chilean carved out notable times throughout the stage, pulling ahead at the start, before eventually dropping seven minutes to the day’s winner. Tomorrow, on the Bisha loop, his goal will be to finish as far ahead as possible. In the general standings, the rider from Viña del Mar, who received a 1 minute penalty as team-mate Barreda, holds second, 5’15 behind the leader.
Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo had the tough task of opening the track today. The pair led for most of the day, only shedding time towards the end of the special. In the overall rankings, both riders are in the top ten, but with over 38 minutes separating them from the 2022 Dakar leaders.
Tomorrow’s stage
Tomorrow will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting special stages of recent years, where several riders will make their bids for a final podium place in Jeddah the day after tomorrow. The battle will be epic. The loop to the Bisha bivouac will feature a total of 346 kilometres of timed section out of the 501-kilometre total stage with 155 kilometres of liaison sections. Large helpings of sand and dunes will be present on the menu of this, the most decisive stage of the Dakar 2022.
Ricky Brabec  2 -STAGE: 13TH  OVERALL: 8TH - Today was good. This was stage 10, so we’re almost at the finish. I was up front with Nacho most of the day. We made a slight mistake which cost a little time, but in the end it was perfect for us because we are in a good spot for stage 11 which is supposed to be tricky. Like we said before, we don’t know which stage is tricky and which is not. It’s up in the air as far as strategy goes. Tomorrow we are in a good spot to push and see what we have to do. I’m very happy with this. The team’s doing a good job. After tomorrow we will know exactly where we’ll finish. I feel we have a lot of energy, so we’ll do our best.
Pablo Quintanilla  7 - STAGE: 10TH  OVERALL: 2ND - I'm happy; it was a good day. Today it was important to manage the race well ahead of tomorrow’s stage which will be key to defining this Dakar. I had some references from the riders in front of me and I tried to manage it in the best way possible, so as not to lose time and to be able to start from a good position tomorrow. I think it went well. The race is still open and tomorrow will be an intense day, where we will have to push all day long. We're going to try to rest now so that we are in good shape for tomorrow's stage.
José Ignacio Cornejo  11 - STAGE: 18TH  OVERALL: 9TH - It was difficult today. I knew that I would have to open the track and that it would be complicated. I was doing well until I arrived before the refuelling in a complex area and I lost a bit of time. Then I tried not to lose my concentration and to keep a good pace to finish the stage well, making up some of the lost time. Tomorrow will be tough and it will be good to start from behind. I think we can recover a few more positions in the general standings.
Joan Barreda  88 - STAGE: 3RD  OVERALL: 5TH - It was a complicated stage, especially in terms of navigation, where I had to turn back a few kilometres to find a waypoint. In the end I found some good pace to attack over the final kilometres. I saw that there were strategies from some other riders... I also picked up a penalty at the entrance of a controlled zone when I lost concentration. I’m not sure what the penalty will be. I’m not really sure how it all went, but it was a stage from which we had to salvage something. I don't think I’m in a bad position for tomorrow, but it won't be easy: there will be a lot of sand and plenty of dunes... I'm going to give it everything I've got for the two remaining days.
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Dakar 2022: Laia Sanz overcomes a complicated day for her

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A broken rim after a blow slows down the KH-7 rider's progress on the tenth stage of the Dakar.
Despite the setbacks, she remains 23rd overall, first among the rookies in cars and first woman in the standings.
"Today was a bumpy day, we started comfortably, with a good pace, but we had a very strong impact with a rock that I didn't see. We were very lucky, this MINI is very tough".

The tenth stage of the Dakar Rally has been complicated for Laia Sanz. The KH-7 rider broke a wheel when she hit a rock in the middle of the special and lost time, but was able to continue with some difficulty until she crossed the finish line in 40th position, just over half an hour behind the winner. The good news is that she maintains the 23rd position in the general standings with two days to go until the end of the race.

Until Wednesday, Laia Sanz had made virtually no mistakes, but as she says, "in the Dakar there is always a day when you make a mistake, eat a stone or something happens to you". That "something" today was a heavy impact at the 100th kilometer of the race against an unseen rock. As a result, the rim of the right rear wheel was shattered. Fortunately, the Spaniard and her co-driver Maurizio Gerini were able to repair it and get back on the road, although they were forced to slow down.

"Today was a bumpy stage, we started comfortably, with a good pace, but we had a very strong impact with a stone that I didn't see. Luckily, this MINI is very tough. We only broke the rim and the cooling system of the rear brake, but many riders passed us there and then we went in the dust, because the stage was between canyons and it was difficult to overtake", explains the 20 times world champion.


It wasn't the only setback for Sanz and Gerini. Towards the end, they lost a few minutes because they couldn't get the most out of the MINI ALL4 Racing of the Primax X-raid Team and also had a problem with a way point.

"The last part was more rally-like, very fun to drive, but we had to keep an eye on the temperature of the brakes. Then, when we were coming to the end, I don't know what happened that we didn't get a way point validated. It's strange because we were behind two or three cars that were marked, so we had to go back to validate it and we will have lost three or four more minutes," says Laia Sanz.

Despite all the setbacks, the Catalan rider has taken the positive side: "In the end, I think we saved the day well. With what we had, we managed the stage very well. We are learning a lot. Things are happening to us, obviously, it's the first year, but we keep the positive, which is the pace of some days and everything we have learned".

Tomorrow, Thursday, the penultimate day of learning for the best female driver in the overall car classification and best rookie on four wheels. The day, starting and finishing in Bisha, will feature a 345-kilometer special stage that promises to be epic, with dunes of all kinds.


Source Laia Sanz press release
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Dakar 2022: Miguel Barbosa overcomes another hellish day

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BP Ultimate Vodafone Team's driver recovered 12 positions in the stage

Another difficult day for the BP Ultimate Vodafone Team duo, Miguel Barbosa/Pedro Velosa at the controls of Toyota Hilux T1 Overdrive No. 240. Even so, in the selective sector of 375 km of the tenth stage disputed between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha, Miguel Barbosa managed to recover 12 positions in relation to the starting order for this day.

"It was a day without much of a story. We started from the back, from position 119 or 120, 'in a Russian salad of categories', which doesn't make any sense, we were always in the dust of the SSVs and we caught a lot of fesh fesh. We had to manage fast areas with a lot of rock. We tried not to make any mistakes while we were in the dust, and we tried not to puncture so as not to jeopardize what has already been achieved. The idea was to try to have a clean stage, to try to start tomorrow in a slightly better position. The next stage is expected to be one of the most complicated days of the Dakar, with a lot of sand and dunes. It will be very hot and we will have the softest sand of all. Tomorrow will be a great day and let's hope it goes well", said the BP Ultimate Vodafone Team driver when he arrived in Bisha.

The penultimate day of this edition of the Dakar will be held tomorrow. It will be the last in a loop, this time with start and finish in Bisha. The selective sector will have 346 km, to which 155 km will be added, which may be decisive in the final classification. About half of the journey will force machines and drivers to face dunes of all sizes and shapes, including the softest ones the desert has to offer.

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Dakar 2022: Andrea Schiumarini and Stefano Sinibaldi find the right energy to returin to the race in stage 10

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Sand, dunes and rocks characterized day number 10 of the Dakar 2022.

A technical 374 km track, but one that the Italian team enjoyed, as they returned to the race with the right energy after the Pajero's engine failure.

Andrea Schiumaini and Stefano Sinibaldi overcame the disappointment caused by the mechanical problem that penalized them in the ranking times. With two days to go before the end of the Dakar 2022, the aim is to enjoy the tracks, the landscapes of Saudi Arabia, to get to the last appointment in Jeddah.

Andrea Schiumarini's first words at the end of today's test were liberating: "How nice to find the smile and tighten the steering wheel to face the track of this special. It was exactly what we needed. The sunset we saw at the finish line will forever remain in the memories of this edition. However, it was a test that we wanted to tackle very cautiously, becoming more incisive only when we knew we could do it. Today, then, the sand was so neutral in color that it was difficult to recognize the depressions, so caution was a must. A positive day. We are ready for tomorrow."

Back at the bivouac, the two drivers immediately went to thank the team's mechanics who yesterday worked hard to restore the Pajero's engine, showing great professionalism and commitment.

Source Andrea Schiumarini press release
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Dakar 2022 : Przygonski goes on the attack

Przygonski ends leg ten in fifth place overall
Halpern climbs to eighth in the overall standings

After yesterday’s misfortune, the world looked very different for Jakub “Kuba” Przygonski (POL) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) after the tenth leg, from Wadi ad Dawasir to Bisha. The MINI JCW Buggy crew finished sixth on the stage and climbed into fifth place in the overall standings. Sebastian Halpern and Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (both ARG) can also be pleased with their day’s work: they came home eleventh today in their MINI JCW Buggy and now lie eighth overall. Laia Sanz (ESP) and Maurizio Gerini (ITA) were 40th in a MINI ALL4 Racing. The MINI JCW Buggy crew of Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov finished 59th.

Przygonski and Gottschalk used today’s fast stage to establish a good position ahead of the final two remaining special stages. Sixth place today put them fifth overall and in a fine position going into day eleven.

Kuba Przygonski: “The stage was very fast today. The terrain changed and was rockier, with some vegetation. We had fun, as we gradually worked our way towards the front, one car at a time. There was a lot going on. We definitely lost a little time in the dust, but it was ultimately a good stage for us. We are pleased to have a good starting position for tomorrow.”

It was also a successful day for Halpern and Graue. The two Argentineans came through the stage without any issues and finished a fine eleventh. They also climbed one place in the overall standings and now lie eighth.

Sebastian Halpern
: “The stage was fast, and navigation was tricky. Some sections were challenging from a driver’s perspective, which I really enjoyed. We are pleased to find ourselves in eighth place now.”

Luck was not on the side of Sanz today. After a puncture on the rocky ground, she then lost time looking for the right way. As such, she had to settle for 40th place. The Spaniard remains 23rd overall.

Laia Sanz:
“We hit a rock and damaged both the tyre and the rim. This then caused some issues with the brakes. Unfortunately, we then lost time trying to find the way towards the end of the stage. Nevertheless, we are still happy with the day.”

Tomorrow is the penultimate leg of the 2022 Dakar. The crews will tackle a loop around the bivouac in Bisha. The competitors will spend roughly half of the 346-kilometre stage in the dunes.

Dakar Rally – Result of SS10
1. S. Peterhansel / E. Boulanger – Audi – 2h 52m 43s
2. C. Sainz / L. Cruz – Audi – 2h 54m 49s
3. O. Terranova / D. Oliveras – BRX – 2h 56m 42s
4. H. Lategan / B. Cummings – Toyota – 2h 56m 54s
5. S. Loeb / F. Lurquin – BRX – 2h 57m 08s
6. J. Przygonski / T. Gottschalk – MINI JCW Buggy – 2h 58m 31s

11. S. Halpern / B. Graue – MINI JCW Buggy – 3h 02m 02s
12. V. Zala / P. Fiuza – MINI JCW Rally – 3h 02m 07s

40. L. Sanz / M. Gerini – MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 24m 08s

59. D. Krotov / K. Zhiltsov – MINI JCW Buggy – 3h 59m 19s

Overall standings after SS10
1. N. Al-Attiyah / M. Baumel – Toyota – 33h 13m 37s
2. S. Loeb / F. Lurquin – BRX – 33h 46m 17s
3. Y. Al-Rajhi / M. Orr – Toyota – 34h 09m 25s
4. O. Terranova / D. Oliveras – BRX – 34m 42m 55s
5. J. Przygonski / T. Gottschalk – MINI JCW Buggy – 34h 54m 39s

8. S. Halpern / B. Graue – MINI JCW Buggy – 35h 26m 58s

11. V. Zala / P. Fiuza – MINI JCW Rally – 36h 04m 19s

23. L. Sanz / M. Gerini – MINI ALL4 Racing – 38h 53m 58s

28. D. Krotov / K. Zhiltsov – MINI JCW Buggy – 41h 12m 04s

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Dakar 2022: Terranova gets quicker as Loeb solid in second on the Dakar

The Dakar headed south in Saudi Arabia to Bisha today with 375 kms of a fast starting and then tricky, technical special stage with Orlando Terranova/Dani Oliveras closing very slightly on third in the overall standings of the Dakar Rally with a top three run. The Argentine upped his pace with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter, having really felt comfortable with the car over this second week of the world’s longest and toughest motorsport event.

Sebastien Loeb/Fabian Lurquin once more retained their second place overall following more flat out driving seeing the French driver lifting off the throttle just once every 15 minutes such was their speed on the open plains. Their car was perfect over the day except for the air conditioning tripping off mid stage making the car exceptionally warm for the last kilometres, making a cool drink at the finish more than welcome for the pair. Nani Roma/Alex Haro drove well through blinding sun and dust today to be a solid back up for Loeb and Terranova through the stage.

All the V6 twin turbo BRX cars battled through the highest altitude stage of the Dakar today. The lower ambient pressure at the top of the spectacular hills and mountains reduced power from the engine decreasing its output by more than 15%, as the FIA looks to keep the turbo charged cars equivalent in performance to the naturally aspirated cars. However, proving Terranova and Loeb’s commitment on the stage, they were still first and third fastest internal combustion engined cars on the test.

There are just two stages of the Dakar remaining with a loop around Bisha tomorrow that will cover 346 kms before the run into the finish in Jeddah on Friday.

Sebastien Loeb said: “It was a good day out there. The first part of the stage was really fast and then the second part was much more interesting with tracks and real driving so I could make quite a difference at the end of the stage. When it’s fast on these stages there’s nothing to do, just flat out maybe lifting off the throttle every 15 kms so it’s nothing more you can do. Tomorrow is the last big chance to take time but as I’ve been saying from the beginning, we will see where we are on Friday in Jeddah. We cannot try more than what we are doing now as we are pushing to the maximum on all the sections pushing very hard indeed so we cannot do any more than that.”

Orlando Terranova said: “Today was a really good day for us as I said we will push and we did because nothing is over yet; there are still two more days and we need to be on the pace ready for the finish. I was feeling that, compared to yesterday, I can push on the corners with this incredible car; it’s so strong. We got caught in some dust, it happens, but the last car was really difficult to pass as he didn’t get out of the way despite the signal he received from the sentinel warning. The navigation was hard too but we judged the ruts from the bikes and the cars well to get to the waypoints that really weren’t easy so we took some time to De Villiers with the fight for fourth position, but tomorrow looks a hard stage so it’s time for rest and prepare for tomorrow.”

Nani Roma said: “It was a stage with so many different surfaces today but the thing that was hardest was the sun in my eyes at the start of the stage. That was really tricky because climbing dunes you have to angle your car over to one side to not look at the sun directly, but that’s all part of the adventure of rally raid. Sometimes you really cannot see the top of the dune and its tricky to crest it. We followed the other two BRX cars but in one canyon there was so much dust from bikes, quads, cars…it was dangerous so we took it really steady before driving to the end.”

Gus Beteli - Team Principal said: “No major issues with the cars today which is always a big focus with reliability. Seb had a good run finishing 5th on the day to get a little bit more time off Nasser even though we are over 30 minutes behind after 3,700 Kms. Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult stage and anything could happen.
Orlando had the perfect day to finish in the top 3 and took some time out of De Villiers who is behind him overall standings so he’s now fourth with a bigger gap which is great for him in with us at BRX driving T1+ for the first time. Nani did a very good job again for the team today there to support the other two cars if they need it so that compromises his performance but for the team he’s being brilliant.
It’s homework tonight for this difficult stage tomorrow to make sure all goes smoothly and keep that pressure on.”


Source Bahrain Raid Xtreme

Dakar 2022: Lategan/Cummings fastest of TGR crews on stage 10

Controlled pace for Nasser/Mathieu
Tough navigation holds back Giniel/Dennis
Henk/Brett fastest of the TGR crews on Stage 10
Shameer/Danie continue their run of good stage results

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel continued their measured pace at the 2022 Dakar Rally, recording the 7th-fastest time on Stage 10 of the 12-stage event. Their nearest competitor recorded a time only 1min 25sec faster than the GR DKR Hilux T1+ crew, who still hold a commanding overall lead of 32min 40sec, with just two stages to go.

Nasser and Mathieu took an early lead in the rally, winning the prologue as well as the opening stage. This set them up with a lead that they’ve maintained throughout the rally to date. With just two stages remaining, the crew will now focus on protecting their lead for the remainder of the race, with the aim of securing a second victory for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, following their win in 2019.

Stage 10 brought another strong performance from Henk Lategan and co-driver Brett Cummings. The Stage 5 winners finished in 2nd place on Stage 9, just 7sec behind the stage winners, Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy. This meant that Henk and Brett were the second car into Stage 10, just behind their teammates. However, opening the route proved tricky, and Henk caught up with Giniel roughly 100km into the stage. From this point forward, it was the young South African who had to find the route, with the help of co-driver Brett.

The pair picked their way across the Saudi Arabian landscape, following some spectacular canyons towards the finish near the city of Bisha. They posted the 4th-fastest time on the stage, despite their position at the head of the field, surrendering only 4min 11sec to the eventual stage winners. They are now in 30th position overall, trailing Nasser and Mathieu by 10hr 7min 55sec.

Giniel and Dennis not only had to contend with finding the route over the first 100km of the stage, but the pair also suffered a mid-stage puncture. Despite this, they went 15th-fastest, 11min 31sec slower than the stage winners. They remain in 6th place in the overall standings, trailing the leaders by 1hr 45min 42sec. They’re currently 4min 40sec behind 5th place.

Stage 10 saw Shameer Variawa and co-driver Danie Stassen record the 23rd-fastest time after they struggled with brake balance in the latter part of the stage. They decided to surrender some pace in exchange for safety, as they experienced a number of close calls due to the problem. The technical crew will track down the issue during service, preparing the Toyota Hilux for battle once more. Shameer and Danie have moved up into 13th place in the overall standings, 3hr 29min 12sec behind the lead.

Just two stages remain in Dakar 2022. The first of these is Stage 11, which is a looped stage starting and finishing near the bivouac at Bisha. Crews will complete a short liaison of 87km, before tackling the 346km timed section over mixed terrain. A liaison of 68km will bring them back to Bisha, before the final stage that takes the Dakar caravan to the city of Jeddah on January 14th.



Glyn Hall, Team Principal: “After the ecstasy of our 1-2-3 on Stage 9, Stage 10 was always going to have big shoes to fill. Giniel and Dennis initially opened the road, but then Henk and Brett came past them. So, between the two crews, they opened most of the road today. This allowed Nasser and Mathieu to drive at a more controlled pace, staying in the lead of the rally without losing significant time to Sebastien Loeb, who is in second place. Shameer and Danie had yet another good result, despite struggling with some brake fade in the latter part of the stage.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Stage 10 of Dakar was another good day for us.It wasn’t easy, and the route from Wadi Ad Dawasir to Bisha was tricky. But we managed to get through without any problems, taking no risks. I’m really quite happy to finish behind Sebastien Loeb, losing just one minute to him today. The gap is now 32min and we have a good road position for Stage 11. Our aim will be to control the pace, and get to Jeddah in first place on Friday.”

Giniel de Villiers: “It was definitely a tough stage to open, and it wasn’t easy from a navigational point of view. We made too many mistakes today, trying to find the way, and it cost us six or seven minutes easily. Henk caught up with us a one of the spots where we went wrong, and then we followed him for a bit. They did a good job up front, but we have to accept that mistakes happen when you open the road. We were 15th-fastest today, leaving us with a good road position for Stage 11 tomorrow.”

Henk Lategan: “It was a really difficult stage, and probably the busiest of the race so far. We started with a fast section, before going into some canyons where the navigation became really difficult. We started in 2nd position this morning, but caught up with Giniel after about 100km. We managed to pass him a bit later on, but then we were opening the road. Brett did a very good job, and we came across some of the most spectacular scenery on the race. I’m very happy with the day, especially since we had to open for a large part of the stage.”

Shameer Variawa: “I didn’t find today’s stage too tough, to be honest, since I generally enjoy more technical and rough routes. Unfortunately, we had a puncture that put us back a bit, and I kept struggling with the brakes. We had a couple of moments as a result, and then I decided to back off a bit for safety, and just to bring it to the end. I don’t like to think too far ahead, and just take things day by day. Tomorrow is a new race, and then we’ll see after that.”


Source Toyota Gazoo Racing

Dakar 2022: VIDEO - Extended highlights of the day presented by Gaussin - Stage 9

Source Dakar/ASO
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Dakar: Cornejo and De Villiers put down a marker

Designed to offer a bit of respite to the competitors after the long distances on stages 7 and 8, each comprising approximately 400 km of specials, stage 9 brought the bar down under 300 km for the section against the clock. The menu for the day was a loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir towards the Province of Aseer and its tracks along the canyons running through the Wajid Plateau. The 287-km special climbed to altitudes of between 800 and 1,200 metres with more than half on sand and 14% on dunes for a taste of desert rallying.
The pretenders for victory at the end of stage 12 already knew that this type of distance will also be on the programme tomorrow and the day after. Some of them hoped to take advantage of this stage to regroup before the two battles on stages 10 and 11, followed by a possible final sprint on Friday the 14th of January. However, there were no major navigation errors in the bike or car races and the caravan returned to the bivouac without any major changes.


They have not had their final word on the matter: among the day’s winners, “Nacho” Cornejo in the bike race and Giniel De Villiers in the car category have shared the experience of both enduring a tricky first week, to say the least, before fighting back to become protagonists in the rally who can lay a legitimate claim to a place in the top 10, which should not be forgotten with a view to 2023! The Chilean already triumphed two days ago and repeated the feat on the loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir, with a time that saw him jump from 12th to 8th place in the general rankings. He is too far away to be battling like last year for the top 3, in which time calculations are now starting to be made. As the day’s opener, Sam Sunderland suffered slightly… sufficiently to concede the place of general rankings leader to Matthias Walkner by 2’12’’. Adrien Van Beveren kept hold of 3rd place, but now only possesses a cushion of 45’’ over Pablo Quintanilla, whilst Kevin Benavides does not seem resigned to accepting 5th place, 10 minutes behind the new leader.

In the car category, the gaps give rise to much less uncertainty because Nasser Al-Attiyah has gained another minute over Sébastien Loeb (occupying 2nd place, 39’05’’ behind the Qatari), though he did not manage to grab victory on the day’s special, finishing behind his two South African Toyota team-mates, Giniel De Villiers and Henk Lategan (see Performance of the day).

In the T3 class, where a somewhat topsy-turvy situation reigns, the race hierarchy paradoxically seems even more settled: South Racing’s team leader “Chaleco” López is trundling towards the title with a lead of 1 hour and 20 minutes over the Can-Am of team-mate Sebastian Eriksson, whilst stage success collector Seth Quintero is racing under the stress of failing, equalling or succeeding in beating the record of 10 victories on a same edition of the Dakar.

Also with South Racing, Austin Jones can equally lay a claim to overall victory, but his lead of 13’47’’ over Gerard Farrés is not an entirely comfortable cushion. Third place is occupied by the younger of the Gozcał brothers, Michał, who trails the leader by 16’27’’. There is no suspense regarding the colour of the truck that will climb onto the summit of the final podium: it will be blue. However, Eduard Nikolaev drove his Kamaz to within 8’51’’ of the one belonging to title holder Dmitry Sotnikov.

Performance of the day

The car category had not witnessed a podium decked out in the same livery on the first nine specials contested in 2022. However, today the Toyota Hiluxes achieved this feat, displaying, with their wealth of winners, the entire range of talents that the team can boast as a whole. Starting on the bottom step of the day’s podium, as three times winner of the Dakar and with 44 specials under his belt, Nasser Al-Attiyah no longer needs any introduction. As a result, he will have had no reason to be bitter at seeing South African Henk Lategan, triumphant on a special during the first week, finish more quickly than him and certainly would have not begrudged witnessing the victory of his old accomplice Giniel De Villiers, who began his career on the Dakar a year before him in January 2003. Since then, De Villiers tasted overall victory on the first South American edition in 2009, but, equally impressively, has also participated in 18 consecutive Dakar rallies without a single premature exit from the race. Nonetheless, it all started badly this year for the South African, who was almost obliged to stay at home due to Covid-19 and then spent two days bowing under the weight of a 5-hour penalty, which was finally rescinded after an in-depth investigation.
However, the “metronome” never loses his composure, was able to remain focused and won today by 9 seconds ahead of his protégé to pick up the 18th special of his career. At the same time, he also climbed into 5th place in the general rankings and can even start to have designs on 4th place occupied by “Orly” Terranova. Barring any unpleasant surprises, which is rather inconsistent with his temperament, De Villiers is about to complete the Dakar in the top 10 of the car category for the 18th time … Who can beat that? Nobody.


Crushing blow

Though perhaps slightly more discreet than his team-mate Mason Klein since the beginning of this 44th Dakar, Bradley Cox had nonetheless carved out a respectable place for himself in the Rally 2 classification. His first adventure on the most demanding rally-raid in the world started spectacularly with victory in the category on the opening stage. However, since then, the son of South African legend Alfie Cox (who took part in the Dakar 13 times) has constantly lost time to Klein in the general rankings.
Already in his wake on the Rallye du Maroc, this unfortunate trend continued. Before the day’s special, Cox lagged behind Klein by a little less than one hour, which was an impressive gap admittedly, but not insurmountable. Trailing the stage leader by 24’’ at the first time check point, he was even slightly ahead of Klein and suddenly life on the rally started looking rosy! However, he soon plummeted back down the rankings, losing more than 1 hour and 10 minutes at the finishing line.
The explanation to this downturn in his fortunes was a very close encounter with a rock after 92 km that punched a hole in his front fuel tank, which emptied as quickly as his hopes were shattered. As a result, he had to finish the special “on one leg”, crossing his fingers to avoid running out of fuel right in the middle of the Saudi desert. He eventually managed to reach the finish by handling the bike as best as possible, though the consequences in the general rankings were nothing short of painful. He is out of the reckoning for the provisional podium in the Rally 2 class, which is now occupied by Klein, ahead of Camille Chapelière and Jan Brabec. It is a stroke of bad luck, but at the age of 23 years old and with a promising career ahead of him, he has plenty of time to learn from such mishaps.


Source Dakar / ASO
Photo: A.S.O./F.Gooden/DPPI

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