Dakar Stage 11: Sainz solidifies lead

Sainz Sr. maintained his 50 minute lead
Sainz Sr. maintained his 60 minute lead

This was the third year running that the rally featured a mixed start, meaning that cars, motorbikes and quads took turns to start based on their times in the previous stage. La Rioja province, the only region that has featured in every Dakar since the rally came to South America, is also the scene of the second motorbike marathon stage. The stars of the Dakar will have to take care of their machines on their own after another taxing day.

The essentials

Bernhard ten Brinke is having a stellar Dakar after sitting out last year's edition. The Dutchman, who has featured in the top 10 in every single stage so far, today became one of only two drivers (together with his Toyota teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah) to deny Peugeot. Carlos Sainz, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres struck a truce, leaving the general classification unchanged. The provisional classification also remained the same in the motorbike category after Matthias Walkner rode conservatively to finish 11′01″ behind the winner. The stage went to his Australian teammate Toby Price, who ended his drought at the Dakar by beating local lad Kevin Benavides and the other factory KTM rider, Antoine Meo. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cavigliasso showed his quad rivals how it is done by taking his second consecutive stage in Argentina and putting more than 15 minutes into overall leader Ignacio Casale. The truck category saw Belarusian Siarhei Viazovich (Maz) take his maiden win in Chilecito.

Performance of the day

Federico Villagra has been a beacon of consistency, finishing in the top 2 of eight out of ten specials so far. The overwhelming dominance of Eduard Nikolayev and his Kamaz at the start of the Dakar did nothing to dampen the Argentinian's fighting spirit, and today he finally seized the lead on home turf in Chilecito. The winner of the last Rally of Morocco is on track to claim his first Dakar in his third participation in the truck category.

A crushing blow

Murphy's law seems to pursue Joan Barreda at the Dakar. With three stage wins under his belt, the factory Honda rider lit up the race again this year. The Spaniard started today's stage in second place overall, but he succumbed to the efforts of the last few days and the knee injury he sustained on stage 7, which forced him to withdraw in the face of the overwhelming pain and exhaustion.

Stat of the day

Cyril Despres, Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel struck an interesting truce today, with just 15 seconds separating the three factory Peugeot drivers after 280 km of racing. This is tantamount to a difference of only 270 meters between Despres's 3008 Maxi and Peterhansel's!

Quote of the day

Nicolas Cavigliasso: "My 450 cc quad is fast on sand, and that is where I made the difference. Now we're on Argentinean soil, and I've grown familiar with it since I got serious about rally raids. My goal is getting to Cordoba, which is also where I come from, so it would be incredible. Apart from that, I want to finish as high as possible. Winning three stages is amazing."

Course changes

Slight changes have been made to the course of stage 12 for motorbikes and quads. They will start after the cars but at the same place as them, so they will not follow a separate route in the first part of the stage.

Stage 11 Top-10 Auto

Pos. No. Driver/Navigator Mark-Model Behind
1 309 Bernhard Ten Brinke/ Michel Perin Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa
2 308 Cyril Despres/ David Castera Team Peugeot Total + 00H 04' 35''
3 303 Carlos Sainz/ Lucas Cruz Team Peugeot Total + 00H 04' 40''
4 300 Stephane Peterhansel/ Jean Paul Cottret Team Peugeot Total + 00H 04' 50''
5 301 Nasser Al-Attiyah/ Matthieu Baumel Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa + 00H 05' 56''
6 304 Giniel De Villiers/ Dirk Von Zitzewitz Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa + 00H 11' 57''
7 312 Jakub Przygonski/ Tom Colsoul Orlen Team / X-Raid + 00H 19' 47''
8 319 Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/ Xavier Panseri Ph-Sport + 00H 29' 13''
9 307 Orlando Terranova/ Bernardo Graue X-Raid Team + 00H 32' 12''
10 318 Lucio Alvarez/ Robert Howie Overdrive Toyota + 00H 42' 23''

Overall Standings – Autos

Pos. No. Driver/Navigator Mark-Model Behind
1 303 Carlos Sainz/ Lucas Cruz Team Peugeot Total
2 300 Stephane Peterhansel/ Jean Paul Cottret Team Peugeot Total + 01H 00' 45''
3 301 Nasser Al-Attiyah/ Matthieu Baumel Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa + 01H 24' 02''
4 309 Bernhard Ten Brinke/ Michel Perin Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa + 01H 27' 35''
5 304 Giniel De Villiers/ Dirk Von Zitzewitz Toyota Gazoo Racing Sa + 01H 40' 05''
6 312 Jakub Przygonski/ Tom Colsoul Orlen Team / X-Raid + 02H 54' 18''
7 319 Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/ Xavier Panseri Ph-Sport + 03H 26' 19''
8 311 Martin Prokop/ Jan Tomanek Mp-Sports + 05H 53' 08''
9 334 Peter Van Merksteijn/ Maciej Marton Overdrive Toyota + 06H 31' 09''
10 331 Sebastian Halpern/ Edu Pulenta South Racing + 08H 41' 21''

Stage 11 Top-10 Bikes

Pos. No. Drive-Team Mark-Model Variation
1 8 Toby Price Red Bull KTM Factory Team
2 47 Kevin Benavides Monster Energy Honda Team + 00H 01' 38''
3 19 Antoine Meo Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 00H 06' 31''
4 20 Ricky Brabec Monster Energy Honda Team + 00H 07' 34''
5 2 Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 00H 11' 01''
6 3 Gerard Farres Guell Himoinsa Racing Team. + 00H 12' 32''
7 40 Johnny Aubert Gas Gas Motorsport + 00H 19' 38''
8 12 Juan Pedrero Garcia Sherco TVS Rally Factory + 00H 22' 46''
9 61 Oriol Mena Hero Motosports Team Rally + 00H 27' 00''
10 68 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo Monster Energy Honda Team + 00H 27' 08''

Overall Standings – Bikes

Pos. No. Drive-Team Mark-Model Behind
1 2 Matthias Walkner Red Bull Ktm Factory Team
2 47 Kevin Benavides Monster Energy Honda Team + 00H 32' 00''
3 8 Toby Price Red Bull Ktm Factory Team + 00H 39' 17''
4 3 Gerard Farres Guell Himoinsa Racing Team. + 00H 49' 17''
5 19 Antoine Meo Red Bull Ktm Factory Team + 00H 59' 05''
6 20 Ricky Brabec Monster Energy Honda Team + 01H 18' 10''
7 40 Johnny Aubert Gas Gas Motorsport + 01H 49' 34''
8 10 Pablo Quintanilla Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing + 01H 53' 19''
9 68 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo Monster Energy Honda Team + 02H 05' 57''
10 61 Oriol Mena Hero Motosports Team Rally + 02H 13' 07''

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