Dakar 2022: Rui Gonçalves concludes the ninth stage of Dakar 2022 in 16th position

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After the long tirades of the last days, the 500 km of today's stage were received with natural satisfaction by Rui Gonçalves, in a stage marked by a change in terms of terrain and landscape, with the predominance of rocky terrain and canyons.

It was a positive day for Rui Gonçalves, who once again got along well with the difficulties of the desert, now on rockier terrain, but always with some sand in the mix.
Riding most of the 287 km on his own, the Sherco pilot did a great job in terms of navigation in a stage where the Sherco FSE 450's mechanics were once again demanded to the maximum, given the speed of some of the sectors.

Rui Gonçalves: "Today's stage was a short, fast stage with plenty of plateaus. We also had some dunes, rocks, and other very technical areas.
I felt good during the whole day and also with the rhythm I adopted. I rode practically alone during the special stage, and I managed to close the ninth stage of the Dakar in 16th place in the general classification. It was also a day when we didn't make any navigational errors, which is quite positive.
We finish another day already focused on the preparation of another day, always with your support. Thank you all!"

The tenth stage of Dakar 2022 will circle between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha for a total of 757 km (374 km timed), the most striking feature being its speed, but also the breathtaking landscape.

Source Rui Gonçalves official press release
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Dakar 2022: Miguel Barbosa had a tough time in the dunes

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The BP Ultimate Vodafone Team driver had to receive help from another competitor

In the ninth stage of the 44th Dakar Rally with 287 chronometrical km, starting and ending in Wadi Ad-Dawasir, the BP Ultimate Vodafone Team duo Miguel Barbosa/Pedro Velosa bet on having a second day without problems. But they appeared in a hole in the dunes from which it was difficult to remove the Toyota Hilux T1 Overdrive. It was worth a gesture of solidarity from another competitor. The Dakar is also like that!

"Today's stage had some dunes and some soft sand. The first part went well. Until the refueling, installed at kilometer 140, everything went well. Until then we did some overtaking, got some dust, but without any problems. However, we had a puncture at the beginning of the second part, and later, near km 212, we ended up falling into a hole in the dunes. It was a complicated situation and it took a while to get out of there. The sand was very soft, it was very hot. We got the car stuck front and back. It's the worst thing that can happen in these situations. We had to put the boards in, it took a long time to try to get out, we had to dig and ended up only being able to get out with the help of another car. Tomorrow we have a long special. We will try to do well", said the BP Ultimate Vodafone Team driver when he arrived in Wadi Ad-Dawasir.

The tenth stage will be disputed tomorrow between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha. The selective sector of 375 chronometric kilometers will be joined by 384 liaison kilometers. The special will be particularly pleasant for the beauty of the landscapes and will be one of the fastest of this edition. Some caution is required, however, especially when it comes to navigating the numerous intersections that are the hallmark of Saudi routes.

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Dakar 2022: Hero Motosports Team Rally continues solid run at the Dakar 2022

Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters - Hero MotoCorp, delivered yet another impressive performance in the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally 2022.

Both Joaquim Rodrigues and Aaron Maré put up a strong performance in a fast stage, bagging the seventh and 19th positions in the stage rankings of the RallyGP class.
Since winning Stage 3, JRod has been consistently finishing in the top 10 positions and his strong finish today places him at the 14th position in the overall RallyGP class rankings. Aaron enjoyed riding on his Hero 450 Rally, especially in the long dune sections on Monday. His performance puts him in 16th place in the overall RallyGP class rankings.

Stage 8 which started off with sandy dunes, quickly moved to narrow tracks full of stones and then wet stretches, before heading into a constant web of valleys and wadis. Finding the right path from one valley to another was unusually difficult in the day’s 400 km special section.
Starting the last leg of the race, Stage 9 will be a 490 km loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir, featuring mountains and tracks that wind their way around canyons. Although there will be lesser sand than earlier, this short stage is still presumed to be a difficult one.

Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “I had another good stage. It was really fast, but it was a good race. The Hero Rally 450 has been performing at its best, and I’m happy with my performance as well. We’ve been posting consistent results, and I hope we can keep it up till the end of the race.”

Aaron Maré, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “The stage started really well, and I enjoyed riding in the dunes till about refuel. After refuel, the tracks became quite fast and windy, though I enjoyed that as well because it wasn’t as rocky as the previous stages. I also felt a lot more comfortable with the navigation, and finished without making any mistakes. I’m happy with my consistent performance, and hoping for a better result ahead.”

Source Hero MotoSports Team Rally

Dakar 2022: Andrew Short Completes Dakar Rally Stage Nine With The Sixth Fastest Time

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Andrew Short has equalled his best stage result at this year’s Dakar with a strong sixth-place finish on today’s stage nine. As the 12th rider to enter the short, fast, and relatively straightforward 287-kilometre special, the American was able to make positive progress and advance further up the overall leaderboard. With three stages to go, Andrew now lies 10th in the provisional standings. Adrien Van Beveren once again posted a strong, consistent result to record the ninth fastest time and remains firmly in contention for the overall rally lead, sitting in third place and just under four minutes behind the current pacesetter.

Completing the high-speed special as the sixth fastest rider, Andrew Short delivered another strong stage finish at this year’s Dakar. With little to separate the riders over the easy-to-navigate terrain, the 39-year-old nevertheless gave his best effort and was rewarded with a return to 10th overall in the provisional classification at the conclusion of stage nine.

For Adrien Van Beveren, a controlled ride through the fast stage nine special saw the Frenchman record the ninth fastest time. Such was the simplicity of the stage, Adrien completed the timed special just over five minutes behind the winner. Remaining third in the provisional standings, the Yamaha WR450F Rally mounted rider now looks forward to the final three stages.

Successfully completing another Dakar Rally stage, Camelia Liparoti continues her battle for a place inside the overall top 10 in the Light Prototype class. Now ninth in the provisional classification, the Yamaha YXR1000R driver aims to post three strong results through the final days of the event to ensure a solid overall finish.

Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 6th Stage 9 - Today was a really fast stage and it flowed well with a lot of sweeping turns. There was also a small section of massive dunes, which were cool with some nice jumps in there too. So, it was a big change from yesterday, which was nice as that one was long and tough. Today was pretty short, and pretty quick, and even though I had a good result I didn’t make up too much time unfortunately. It’s still tight with times around the top 10 so hopefully through the next three days I can keep doing what I’m doing and break away from the battle a little bit.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 9th Stage 9 - The day was good. It was a really fast, which I wasn’t expecting. I expected more navigation, but it wasn’t the case. Everything was ok though, nothing special today. Just a solid pace and another good result. I’m really in the fight now but I will continue with the same mindset, take things day by day and focus on one stage at a time. I’m feeling good and my bike is running perfectly, so I’ll be giving my very best effort over the final three days.

Source Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

Dakar 2022: António Maio climbs one more position

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Yamaha rider is 10m30s away from entering the Top 20

António Maio continues to gain positions in the general classification of motorcycles having climbed today to 24th place in the general classification and re-entered the Top 20 in the GP category after a ninth stage of the 44th Dakar Rally held around Wadi Ad-Dawasir with 287km of qualifying where he was the 22nd classified. The Yamaha rider is getting closer and closer to the so much desired position in the Top 20. The difference that yesterday was 20', has already been reduced to 10'30''.

"We finished another stage of the Dakar. It was a fast special stage, shorter than the previous ones. The course was very varied because it had very fast areas and other sandy areas that alternated with stone and ended up being slower. Everything went well today. I had no problems with navigation and the bike is impeccable. We are ready to attack this final stretch of the Dakar, which is expected to be very difficult. We are entering the Top 20 and tomorrow we have a longer stage where I'll fight for a good place in the general classification. But the most important thing is to get to the end, so I'm going to continue with this approach" said António Maio at the end of another journey of the Dakar Rally 2022.

Tomorrow is the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally. The special stage between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha will have 374km and will be one of the fastest of this edition of the race. It is important to keep in mind that haste is the enemy of perfection, especially when it comes to navigating without mistakes.

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Dakar 2022: Everything still to play for at Dakar Rally after Stage 9 twists

Record Chasing Quintero's Dakar Machine : Dakar Daily
Quintero closes on new stage win record as De Villiers and Walkner impress.

Tenager Seth Quintero is on the verge of making Dakar Rally history after he picked up his ninth 2022 edition win in Saudi Arabia as South African Giniel De Villiers picked up a Tuesday stage win and Austrian Matthias Walkner claimed the bike lead. Here is all you need to know:

- A tricky 287km loop stage around the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac was the task for Stage 9 with the undulating race track featuring canyons and plateaus, as well as plenty of dunes in between.
- It was a familiar story in the T3 category with American 19-year-old Quintero setting the fastest time for the ninth time and he needs just one more to equal the record of 10 set by Pierre Lartigue (FRA) in 1994.
- Fellow Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team driver Cristina Gutiérrez (ESP) ended up second to move to fourth overall as she hunts for a podium finish with Chaleco Lopez (CHL) still leading overall.
- In the car race, De Villiers celebrated his 18th Dakar stage win and the 2009 champion is now up to fifth overall in an effort to chase down a ninth podium finish of his distinguished Dakar career.
- De Villiers's Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to control the rally from first place overall with Sébastien Loeb (FRA) still throwing everything he can at the Qatari as he averaged 158kph over the first 35km of the timed special, only for a puncture to hamper him late on.
- It was another solid stage from the trio of Audi Sport drivers with Carlos Sainz (ESP), Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and Mattias Ekström (SWE) all in the top 10 in their Audi RS Q e-trons.
- The lead of the bike race changed hands once again today with 2018 Dakar winner Walkner taking top spot off 2017 Dakar winner Sam Sunderland (GBR) in a fascinating tussle.
- Walkner's Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mate Kevin Benavides (ARG) is another biker moving up the rankings as the bike race's defending champion is just 10 minutes back with three stages left.
- Russian Eduard Nikolaev of Team Kamaz Master completed the day with the best truck time and currently sits second in the overall classification eight minutes behind last year's winner Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS).
- A rich tapestry of landscapes and colours will greet the Dakar convoy in Wednesday's Stage 10 with 374km of timed racing to be covered between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha.


Giniel De Villiers: "The mechanics worked really, really hard last night because we had a problem with the dampers on the last two days. Today the car was just unbelievable and really nice to drive."
Mattias Ekström: "It was the first time in my life that I had opened a Dakar stage. I didn't push too much, but I think we did a pretty good job. It was a great experience for us."
Sébastien Loeb: "We pushed hard from the start until the end. No mistakes in the navigation and just one little puncture. Apart from the wheel change, we did a clean stage without any problems."
Nasser Al-Attiyah: "Today we were able to have a really good run without pushing too much. We have a good lead overall, so we're quite happy. It's great to give Toyota a 1-2-3 result today."
Seth Quintero: "We had a smooth day. It was really rocky so we set out to avoid getting a flat. I'm still in the hunt for the most stage wins."
Sam Sunderland: "It was a big mix of terrain today. We were in the dunes, canyons and plateaus. There were technical parts and also fast bits. It was a stage of everything."
Matthias Walkner: "It was sandy, it was rocky and it was a really, really nice stage. It was a shorter stage today so that made things a little bit easier than previous days."
Kevin Benavides: "I felt good on the stage and was able to go fast. It was a shorter stage, so I was determined to push all day. I think I did a good job."
Dmitry Sotnikov: "It was not such a long day today. I lot of stones and a lot of dust. The track was not so easy to follow and we made a small mistake at the beginning of the stage."

2022 Dakar Rally Standings after Stage 9

1. N. AL-ATTIYAH (QAT) TOYOTA 30:10:04
2. S. LOEB (FRA) BRX +39:05

3. Y. AL RAJHI (SAU) TOYOTA +58:44
4. O. TERRANOVA (ARG) BRX +1:36:09

1. M. WALKNER (AUT) KTM 30:14:03

1. D. SOTNIKOV (RUS) KAMAZ 32:43:53
4. A. LOPRAIS (CZE) PRAGA +1:32:57
5. A. KARGINOV (RUS) KAMAZ +1:47:30

2. S. ERIKSSON (SWE) CAN-AM +1:19:51
3. F. ALVAREZ (ESP) CAN-AM +3:06:21
4. C. GUTIERREZ (ESP) OT3 +4:53:51
5. P. LEBEDEV (RUS) CAN-AM +5:00:27


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Dakar 2022: Matthias Walkner takes Dakar rally lead after stage 9

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has taken the provisional overall lead of the 2022 Dakar Rally following a fourth-place finish on day nine. Continuing to deliver strong and consistent stage results, the Austrian star now sits over two minutes ahead of the second-placed rider. Kevin Benavides placed second today, with Toby Price bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in 17th. Danilo Petrucci finished one position further back and just seven seconds behind in 18th.

Relatively short at a total distance of under 500 kilometers, and with a timed special of 287 kilometers, stage nine of the Dakar was made up of a fast, looped route close to Wadi Ad Dawasir. As the third rider into the stage, Matthias Walkner immediately took his time, focusing on his navigation to avoid making any costly errors. However, with the special proving to be relatively straightforward, Walkner knew he would have to push to stay in touch with his two rivals ahead of him. By catching them both by the finish, the experienced Austrian not only moved himself up into the provisional lead of the race, but also lost the minimum of time to his closest competitors while also securing himself another strong start position for Wednesday’s stage 10.

Matthias Walkner:It was quite a short stage today, but really, really fast. It wasn’t too difficult with the navigation and the boys in front did a good job, so it was quite hard to make up a lot of time. By the refueling I saw that I was a little off the pace, not too much, but I knew I would have to get my head down for the second half of the stage. It all seemed to pay off because I have taken over the lead of the overall and also my starting position for tomorrow is quite good. We’ve got three more really interesting days to come.”

Right on the pace from the very start of today’s special, Kevin Benavides placed within the top three for much of the stage, despite the times being exceptionally close throughout the top 10. Steering his KTM 450 RALLY to a runner-up result, the reigning Dakar Champion moves back up the provisional rally order to fifth, just over 10 minutes behind the leader. With three stages left to race and Kevin very much on form, the Argentinian hopes to be able to climb higher in the rankings to challenge for the podium places by the rally finish on Friday, January 14.

Kevin Benavides: “Stage nine was a really good stage for me. I felt really good on the bike and was able to push a lot. I expected the navigation to be a little trickier, but in the end, it was quite easy to choose the correct way. The guys in front did a good job of navigating so in the end it just came down to speed, and all the guys at the front ended up being really close on time. I finished second today, which will make tomorrow a little tougher. But I’ll focus on my navigation and with only three days left, my plan is to push all day, every day.”

Another solid performance on stage nine saw Toby Price complete the timed special as 17th quickest, albeit only eight and a half minutes down on the winner. Lying just outside the top 10 overall, Toby hopes to use his start position on Wednesday’s stage 10 to elevate himself further up the rankings.

Toby Price: “It was a good day, I had a couple of little mistakes, but nothing too crazy. I’m starting a little way back tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be able to grab a little time back then. Other than that, the bike is good, I feel good, we’ll keep on pushing tomorrow.”

Danilo Petrucci once again showed his speed and class on stage nine of the rally, competitive on time and running for most of the day just outside the top 10. Losing a couple of minutes in the very final kilometers of the special, Danilo completed the day as 18th fastest, less than nine minutes behind the winner.

Danilo Petrucci: “I had a good day today. I’m really happy with my riding and was able to match the speed of the top guys for much of the stage. Unfortunately, I did have a small technical issue that caused me to stop a couple of times, but thankfully, I didn’t lose too much time. It might not be too much of a bad thing because I have a good start position for tomorrow now and I hope to be able to really push once again.”

Provisional Results Stage Nine (overall) – 2022 Dakar Rally

1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 2:29:30
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 2:30:56 +1:26
3. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 2:31:17 +1:47
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 2:31:17 +2:06
5. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 2:31:40 +2:10
Other KTM
17. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 2:38:05 +8:35
18. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), KTM, 2:38:12 +8:42

Provisional Standings – 2022 Dakar Rally after 9 of 12 stages

1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 30:14:03
2. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GASGAS, 30:16:15 +2:12
3. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 30:17:59 +3:56
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 30:18:44 +4:41
5. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 30:24:25 +10:22
Other KTM
11. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 30:49:17 +35:14


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Dakar 2022: Versteijnen and Van den Brink back in top ten

The men of Team De Rooy were able to get rid of Monday's problems.

Martin van den Brink (8th place) and Vick Versteijnen (9th place) rode an almost problem-free special. Janus van Kasteren seemed on his way to a top three finish. A steering rod problem thwarted those plans. A 15th place did not correspond to the speed that the Janus team put on the track today.
Martin van den Brink, Peter Willemsen and Bernard der Kinderen arrived satisfied at the finish of the special over 287 kilometers in the vicinity of Wadi Ad Dawasir. “It was a trouble-free day. After Monday's technical setback, it was nice not to experience anything. The mechanics of Team De Rooy and Mammoet Rallysport did an excellent job on Monday evening. The tire pressure system has been completely replaced and today it worked great. Unfortunately, we didn't have many dunes in this special."

Van den Brink finished eighth at 9m23s from stage winner Eduard Nikolaev. "Our biggest problem was that we drove for a long time in the dust of the Tatra of Vaidotas Paskevicius. Fortunately, after the mandatory stop, we were able to pass him quickly and drove on to the finish line dust-free.” The Lithuanian in the Tatra had started one minute ahead of Martin this morning and half a minute ahead of Vick Versteijnen.

"It was a wonderful special," said Vick. "The special was fast with canyons and dunes. In the beginning, many people made the mistake of looking for a waypoint. Fortunately, Teun was on the right track," said Vick Versteijnen about the good work of the navigator from Hilvarenbeek. Teun van Dal, 33 of age, is working on his third Dakar Rally as a navigator. The third man aboard Vick's Iveco Powerstar is 24-year-old Randy Smits. The mechanic from Boxmeer makes his debut as a driver on the rally truck.

"We do well together," says a satisfied Versteijnen, who still had to deal with disappointment. "At the dunes, the tire system did not work again. As a result, we had to stop again and I lost my rhythm. We stayed behind Martin shortly after that. Ninth place is good, but it's frustrating that we have the same problem for the third day in a row."

Mitchel van den Brink, Richard Mouw and Bert van Donkelaar were able to place another successful special behind their name. The fast assistant of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco also stayed out of trouble on Monday. "We didn't have any problems with the tire system. We did help Kees Koolen yesterday: He got stuck and because Wouter de Graaff is the navigator we helped him. We got into trouble with that. The mechanical eye that holds the towing rope broke off and we had to attach it to the truck itself. That action costs us 15 minutes. Wouter has reported to the organization that we have helped and hopefully we regain the time lost.”

Mitchel was also pleased with the 9th special today. The 13th place in the special and the 12th place in the overall classification can also make the 19-year-old driver from Harskamp more than satisfied. "We drove right behind my father. After 10 km in the special we saw several riders looking for the next waypoint. We were able to take advantage and grabbed that waypoint immediately. Then we were close behind the Tatras of Paskevicius. We drove 50 km very close behind my father. After that came more mountains and dunes, and then he picked up more speed. After the neutralization, Janus stopped with a broken sterring rod. We helped for a while, but that was no more than 5 minutes."

The fast assistant presented himself as a real race driver. The young rally driver was disappointed to be passed by a competitor in a faster and lighter truck. "Pascal de Baar passed us in the dunes. Yes, I was upset about that. We were in his dust trail after that for a while. Other than that it was another nice day. We now also know that we get time back from yesterday. How much? That's up to the organization...”

In the general classification, Janus van Kasteren is still the best placed rider of Team De Rooy in 6th place and the best Dutchman. Van Kasteren, his navigator Snijders and mechanic Rodewald are 2h27m43s behind the fastest truck Dmitry Sotnikov. Martin van den Brink is 7th and is exactly 28m14s behind his compatriot and teammate. Vick Versteijnen (more than 4 hours behind) is in 8th place overall and still has a margin of more than 22 minutes on the number nine competitor, the Czech Martin Macik.

On Wednesday, the 10th stage goes from Wadi Ad Dawasir to Bisha over a total of 760 kilometers. The special covers 375 kilometers and will probably go down in the books as the fastest stage of this Dakar Rally. The greatest danger lies in the tricky parts of the special where navigation plays a major role.


Source Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco

Dakar 2022: Casale in 5th again, while Macháček remains in TOP 10

Just as the title suggests, both Buggyra drivers delivered consistent performances today. But the stage had a bitter ending, as Martin Macík, who was under the rush of emotions, forgot his good manners and to show respect for his competitors.
After yesterday’s longest stage, the organisers opted for a loop around Wadi Ad Dawasir (490 km / 287 km). The ninth stage started a bit later than usual, to allow latecomers from yesterday to take part. In comparison to previous stages, there was less sand. However, mountains and canyons challenged the navigators again.

High standard

Josef Macháček put on his usual performance by finishing in 10th place in the Light prototypes category. In the overall standings, he still holds 7th position. Today, he had to deal only with a belt at the beginning of the stage, but other than that, the day went well for him. “We even had a chance to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Fast pistas followed by trial rocky sections, I had to be very careful on the tyres. The Can-Am did well today again,” he said.


Crazy on the stage and in the finish

However, the end of the ninth stage brought unexpected adrenalin. Martin Macík, who finished 3rd in today’s stage, felt like he had been blocked by Ignacio Casale. “I don’t know about any problem on the route today, but I’m also not sure that you should show your frustration like this. And I’ve been to Dakar many times and I think that I’ve achieved a thing or two. I’d like to see more mutual respect,” reacted Ignacio Casale diplomatically to the accusations that he was blocking Macík, who felt faster, and thought that Casale had denied him a potential victory. “Other than that, I consider our 5th place as a success. It was a difficult, but fast stage. I think I did 80% on full throttle. But now, I want to focus on tomorrow already.”

According to the mechanic Tomáš Šikola, in the neutral zone, nothing suggested that there might be a conflict later on. “I was approached by someone from Martin’s crew, who had told me, that they were 20 metres behind us, and we didn’t want to let them by. All I can say is that we received a signal from the sentinel in the mountains, where it’s not easy to let someone go. And then we heard the horn twice in the dunes. And they could have passed us anytime and anywhere else, but they probably weren’t that close or fast enough. To be honest, I have no idea what’s going on. I think that such reaction from Martin is unnecessary,” explained Šikola, who also added that it was pretty fast. “We had dunes number 2 and 3. However, after yesterday, it went by quite fast.”

Results – Stage 9:
T3 – Light prototypes: 1. Seth Quintero (USA/OT3) 2:50:04, 2. Cristina Gutierrez Herrero (Spain/OT3) +2:20, 3. Lopez Cantardo (Chile/Can – Am) +5:29…10. Josef Macháček (Czech Republic/Buggyra Can-Am) +19:38.
T5 - Trucks: 1. Eduard Nikolaev (Russia/Kamaz) 2:38:43, Dmitry Sotnikov (Russia/Kamaz) +2:34, 3. Martin Macík (Czech Republic/Iveco) + 2:37…5. Ignacio Casale (Chile/Tatra) +4:13

Current standings after Stage 9
T3 – Light prototypes: 1. Lopez Contardo (Chile/Can – Am) 35:47:12, 2. Sebastian Eriksson (Chile/Can – Am XRS) + 1:19:51,3. Fernando Alvarez (Spain/Can – Am) + 3:06:21 …7. Macháček (Czech Republic/Buggyra Can – Am) 6:24:27
T5 - Trucks: 1. Dmitry Sotnikov (Russia/Kamaz) 33:43:53, 2. Eduard Nikolaev (Russia/Kamaz) +8:51, 3. Anton Shibalov (Russia/Kamaz) +41:38… 29. Ignacio Casale (Chile/Tatra) +74:03:16


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Dakar 2022: Good day for Cinotto-Dominella CST Polaris Xtremeplus Team

The loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir of 491 km (287 of special stage and 204 of liaison was quiet short compared to the previous days. The timed section was very fast on sand paths, rocky valleys through canyons and some dunes. The presence of mountains, followed by the tracks that wind their way around the canyons required a special attention.

“It was a beautiful stage in terms of landscape and we are happy because we had a smooth day. We also arrived at the bivouac in the afternoon so that we could enjoy some extra rest”, said Michele Cinotto - CST Polaris Xtremeplus who finished 18th. In the overall they are now 37th due to the electrical problem they had on stage 5.

“We were doing a great job, running with a good pace and in front of my dad”, jokes Pietro Cinotto, “Unfortunately 30 kms before the finish of the stage we had a problem with a ball joint and we had to stop and fix it. We lost 15 minutes and we were overtook by my dad and Maurizio”, said Pietro. #437Cinotto - CST Polaris Xtremeplus finished 29th today and lost one position in the overall. They are now in P21, the best placement inside the Xtremeplus team.

Today was a smooth day and we continue progressing. The stage was fast and we had to be careful about the stones under the sand. The rocky parths in the canyons were navigated. We did well and arrived at the bivouac in a good timing”, said Shinsuke Umeda, 36th today and P32 of the overall.
Since the start of Dakar, this was the first difficult day for the Pla family. They did a small kiss to the dunes, but they succeeded to continue without any major problems.

SS9 stage result (SSV Category):
Michele Cinotto P 18
Pietro Cinotto P 29
Shinsuke Umeda P36
Jean-Claude Pla

General Standing (SSV Category):
Pietro Cinotto P 21
Shinsuke Umeda P36
Michele Cinotto P 37
Jean Claude Pla

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Dakar 2022: Terranova moves up to 4th overall

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Stage nine of the 12 stage Dakar Rally saw Sebastien Loeb /Fabian Lurquin maintain their second place overall following the 287 kms around the overnight halt at Wadi Ad-Dawasir. The stage was fast with Sebastien saying that there was a 34 kilometre section in which he only lifted off the throttle only two or three times proving the strength of the car to take such a prolonged battering at just under the FIA safety limit of 170kph for that amount of time. The Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter car brought the French/Belgian crew to fifth on the stage before team work on the car tonight to prepare for the remaining 885 kms over three stages before the finish this a Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Team mates Orlando Terranova/Dani Oliveras had a stage where they thought they could have gone quicker, ultimately they were 13th, but the rewards were there in their consistency against their main rivals as in the Prodrive Hunter they leapt up another position in the overall standings to fourth, the third jump in as many days.

Nani Roma/Alex Haro flew through the the stage to be inside the top ten once more with the Spanish duo fighting through huge amounts of dust left in their faces by other cars that they soon passed before a very tricky rocky section. The confidence in Roma’s face, the team’s development driver from early on in the project, was clear to see even if his co-driver Alex Haro winced a little getting out of the car after cracking a rib at the end of the first week. With physio treatment every morning he will bravely push on to get the best for the BRX team.

Orlando Terranova said: “It’s brilliant that we take another place overall because the strength of the car is really showing in this second week. I do need to change my mindset to push harder with the tyres through the corners as they are so much stronger than the smaller ones we drove with last year, but saying that we had a slow puncture in a difficult navigational section but there are still three days so we will push and keep the car in good condition. One thing that made me laugh was after I hit a bush on the right it dislodged the bonnet clip to eventually make the bonnet fall off but all I could see in my mind was my engineer’s face saying ‘You lost another bonnet!’ after the one I lost in Aragon last July. It’s still possible we can win another stage on this rally.”


Sebastien Loeb said: “That was a good stage as we pushed hard right from the start even if we had one little puncture as maybe I was aggressive in the stones because I’m pushing for time so we had to change the wheel but that was the only thing today. It was quite something in the early kilometres as over 34 kms I lifted maybe twice… I will continue to push hard, concentrate on doing good stages and we will see where we are come Jeddah but we have quite some time to make up at the moment.”

Nani Roma said: “It was a good day! This morning we had many cars in front so lots of dust but we decided to up the speed and go for it without risking too much so it was fantastic today as the second part was much better for my driving too; it worked really well. We have a good start position for tomorrow as we’re not far behind Seb to bring him confidence if he needs it. Alex was suffering a little in the other seat after he hurt his rib in the roll the other day but we’ve done rally well today.”

Gus Beteli, team principal said: “A shorter stage today so there wasn’t much to gain when it is that short so with Seb we lost a minute and gained a minute here and there to the overall lead, so he will keep trying tomorrow. A brilliant day for Orly to get up another spot to fourth overall which is higher than his best ever on Dakar so that’s his obvious target, or better, come Jeddah. He’s driving well even if De Villiers is nine minutes behind him so we‘ll keep a watch on that. For Nani to get tenth was very good as he started way back in the dust which was difficult for him but he managed to keep the pace and finish inside the top ten which will be a great help to the other two cars tomorrow when we return to a ‘normal’ stage length at 370 kms and try to get some time back on Nasser.”



Source BRX

Dakar 2022: Stage win for De Villiers/Murphy as Toyota Gazoo Racing records historic 1-2-3

Historic TOYOTA GAZOO Racing trifecta on Stage 9
Stage victory for Giniel/Dennis
Henk/Brett second on stage after puncture
Controlled pace by Nasser/Mathieu as they extend overall lead

Three TOYOTA GAZOO Racing cars occupied the podium positions of the 9th stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, which saw crews complete a looped stage starting and ending near the city of Wadi Ad Dawasir. It was a close-run thing, but in the end it was Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy who took the honours, just 9sec ahead of teammates Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings. At the same time, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel extended their lead in the overall standings to 39min 5sec, with three stages to go.

There are no easy stages on the Dakar Rally, but everything went right for South Africa’s Giniel and Dennis, when they tackled the 287km Stage 9. The pair drove a clean stage, with no punctures, and reaped the rewards when they posted the fastest time of 2hr 23min 8sec, moving them up into 5th place in the overall standings, 1hr 45min 1sec behind the lead.

Almost the same could be said for Henk and Brett, except for one puncture. The pair pushed hard in the early parts of the stage, and had built a small lead by the time the stage reached its mid-point. But a puncture in the latter part of Stage 9 saw the GR DKR Hilux T1+ crew lose time to the competition. Despite the setback, they pushed through the tricky dunes near the end of the stage, as well as the dust kicked up by fellow competitors, to record the 2nd-fastest time on the day, trailing Giniel and Dennis to the finish by just 9sec. The pair have moved up to 31st in the overall classification, and will be aiming for more stage wins before the end of the rally.

The third TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Hilux on Stage 9 was piloted by overall rally leaders Nasser and Mathieu. The Qatari driver and his Andorran co-driver had a scary stage the day before, due to a noisy rear diff that caused them to drive with caution. But no such problems manifested on Stage 9, and the pair drove at a controlled pace, posting the 3rd-fastest time on the day, just 1min 4sec behind Giniel and Dennis. Crucially, their strong result allowed them to extend their lead in the overall standings to 39min 5sec, with three stages to go.


Shameer Variawa and Danie Stassen continued their run of strong performances, going 11th-fastest on Stage 9, trailing the stage winners by 4min 38sec. The South African pairing also reported a puncture-free run, and while they remain in 14th place overall, some 3hr 25min 15sec behind the lead, they are closing in on the crews ahead of them, and are now just 26sec behind 13th place.

Only three more stages remain in the 2022 Dakar Rally. Stage 10 will see the Dakar caravan move from the bivouac at Wadi Ad Dawasir to a new location near the city of Bisha. For the race crews, the stage consists of a timed section covering 375km, with liaisons totalling 384km joining the stage to the two bivouacs. The organisers have promised an eye-pleasing stage, but cautioned the competitors that, even though the stage will feature high speeds, navigation may still play a pivotal role.

The 2022 Dakar Rally will reach the city of Jeddah on January 14th, after 12 competitive stages that covered a large part of Saudi Arabia, including a visit to the capital city of Riyadh.


Glyn Hall, Team Principal: “What an epic day for the team! We’ve never achieved a 1-2-3 on a Dakar stage before, and we are ecstatic with today’s results. Giniel and Dennis drove a perfect stage to get the win, but Henk and Brett were right on their tail. Were it not for a puncture, Henk may well have recorded his second win of the event. But more than that, we are very pleased that Nasser and Mathieu were able to build on their lead, heading into the final stages of the rally.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Today we had a really good run, without having to push, and finished third in the stage. Now, we have a really good lead and I’m confident with my Toyota after today, when it was clearly in very good shape. It’s also great to record a 1-2-3 for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, and even though we aren’t there yet, each day feels like a small victory, as we get closer to Jeddah.”

Giniel de Villiers: “It is really nice to win a stage, especially after yesterday’s tough stage. But the team worked all night to sort out the problems with our dampers, which had gotten steadily worse over the last few days. They really did an amazing job, and thanks to them the car was perfect today. We had a nice, clean run on the stage and we’re very happy to get another stage win for Toyota.”

Henk Lategan: “We had a very nice stage today, starting off quite well. On previous days we tended to be slightly ahead at the neutralisation, but then it seemed like the other guys started pushing. Today, we pushed a bit harder early on, and built up a lead by the mid-point. Unfortunately, a puncture slowed us down somewhat, allowing Carlos (Sainz) to come past. We followed him through the tricky dunes near the end, and then just stayed in his dust to the finish. This made it a bit hard to see the rocks on the route, but we’re happy to have made it through in a good stage time.”

Shameer Variawa: “Today was a good stage for us. We just kept it clean, and even though we had a lot of dust, we managed to overtake three or four cars. It was hair-raising at times, but we’re here and we’re happy.”


Source Toyota Gazoo Racing

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