Dakar Day 2: Price makes them pay

Toby Price wins Stage 2 in Bikes
Toby Price wins Stage 2 in Bikes

Toby Price took advantage of the 275-km long special to let his speed do the talking and pick up a very convincing win in San Miguel de Tucuman. With a lead of more than three minutes over his nearest pursuers, the winner in 2016 has a solid advantage in the general standings. Sebastien Loeb left his mark on the car category by dominating the second stage from start to finish. The Frenchman kept his most fierce rival Nasser Al-Attiyah at bay and picked up his first stage victory of the year as well as the lead in the general standings.

Focus

While the competitors are now in a country well known to the Dakar as they visit Argentina for the 9th consecutive year, the region of Chaco had not yet been explored by the rally. The participants discovered narrow tracks which kicked up plenty of dust in a setting reminiscent of the African Savannah. Special attention was required concerning the many wild animals and flooded fords. Furthermore, the heat sorely tested the competitors' bodies on this first long stage on the Dakar Dakar 2017.

The essentials

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Toby Price gave a show of force and has not waited long to stamp his authority on the 2017 edition. The Australian won the stage with a lead of more than 3 minutes over his team-mate Matthias Walkner and almost four minutes over Paulo Goncalves. Xavier de Soultrait also put in a solid performance with the day's fourth best time. In the quad race, Pablo Copetti fought an impressive duel with Nelson Sanabria and triumphed over the Paraguayan at the end of the special. The Argentinean is the new category leader in his native territory. In the car race, Sebastien Loeb let rip with his Peugeot over a route on which the Frenchman was able to focus on speed rather than navigation, pushing Nasser-Al Attiyah, who opened the road today, to more than a minute behind him as well as taking the lead in the general standings from the Qatari. In third and fourth, Carlos Sainz and Giniel de Villiers lie in wait, but Stephane Peterhansel again lost precious minutes. In the truck category, Martin Van Den Brink put in the best performance with his first stage victory on the Dakar, which also sees him take command of the general standings in front of the day's runner up, Russian Dmitry Sotnikov driving for Kamaz.

Toby Price
Toby Price

Performance of the day

Toby Price lived up to his race number 1 by dominating the battle on this second stage. The Australian, the first non-European to have won the Dakar, went on all-out attack to leave his team-mate Matthias Walkner and the leading Honda ridden by Paulo Goncalves trailing in his wake. His main rivals of 2016, Pablo Quintanilla and Stefan Svitko are even further back, whilst Joan Barreda has just managed to creep into the top 10.

A crushing blow

Delighted yesterday after his wonderful second place at the finish of the first stage in his Ford Ranger, Xavier Pons switched from dream to nightmare after only several dozen kilometers of the day's special. The Spaniard left the tracks and, with a rear wheel missing, was forced to wait for his assistance team in order to finish the special. All his hopes of a good finish in the general standings were crushed on the way to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Stat of the day

Loeb goes nose first
Loeb goes nose first

Thanks to the performance of Sebastien Loeb, Peugeot increases its total of stage victories on the Dakar to 59, the same amount as Volkswagen.

Quote of the day

Sebastien Loeb: Sure, I like to be in this position but it's a bit early in the rally. But it's good to have a pace like that. Today was a stage that was really, really fast; a bit unusual. I hope tomorrow will be continue to be at the same rhythm for the fight. I think we did a good stage with no mistakes – that was the most important thing. It's okay for tomorrow. Daniel has learned a lot during this year and we'll have to do good work with the navigation, but I think he is able to do so.

Day 2 Standings Overall

CAR – TOP-10

Pos. No. Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 309 LOEB (FRA), ELENA (MCO) PEUGEOT 02:33:31
2 301 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), BAUMEL (FRA) TOYOTA 02:33:59 00:00:28
3 304 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 02:35:27 00:01:56
4 302 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 02:35:36 00:02:05
5 305 ROMA (ESP), HARO BRAVO (ESP) TOYOTA 02:36:27 00:02:56
6 306 AL RAJHI (SAU), GOTTSCHALK (DEU) MINI 02:38:43 00:05:12
7 300 PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 02:40:57 00:07:26
8 303 HIRVONEN (FIN), PERIN (FRA) MINI 02:42:20 00:08:49
9 310 VAN LOON (NLD), ROSEGAAR (NLD) TOYOTA 02:43:07 00:09:36
10 318 DUMAS (FRA), GUEHENNEC (FRA) PEUGEOT 02:43:29 00:09:58

BIKE – TOP-10

Pos. No. Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 1 PRICE (AUS) KTM 03:07:17
2 17 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 03:10:11 00:02:54
3 14 SUNDERLAND (GBR) KTM 03:10:40 00:03:23
4 23 DE SOULTRAIT (FRA) YAMAHA 03:10:58 00:03:41 00:01:00
5 3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 03:11:43 00:04:26
6 9 BRABEC (USA) HONDA 03:11:46 00:04:29
7 2 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 03:12:02 00:04:45
8 11 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA 03:12:49 00:05:32
9 12 PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP) SHERCO TVS 03:14:03 00:06:46
10 8 FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 03:14:06 00:06:49

TRUCK – TOP-10

Pos. No. Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 506 VAN DEN BRINK (NLD), KOZLOVSKY (CZE), BLANKESTIJN (NLD) RENAULT TRUCKS 03:07:33
2 513 SOTNIKOV (RUS), AKHMADEEV (RUS), LEONOV (RUS) KAMAZ 03:10:42 00:03:09
3 508 KOLOMY (CZE), KILIAN (CZE), KILIAN (CZE) TATRA 03:10:44 00:03:11
4 500 DE ROOY (NLD), TORRALLARDONA (ESP), RODEWALD (POL) IVECO 03:10:53 00:03:20
5 509 VERSLUIS (NLD), KLEIN (DEU), PRONK (NLD) MAN 03:11:02 00:03:29
6 511 VIAZOVICH (BLR), HARANIN (BLR), ZHYHULIN (BLR) MAZ 03:11:36 00:04:03
7 502 VILLAGRA (ARG), YACOPINI (ARG), TORLASCHI (ARG) IVECO 03:11:39 00:04:06
8 504 STACEY (NLD), VAN DER VAET (BEL), KUPPER (NLD) MAN 03:11:48 00:04:15
9 505 NIKOLAEV (RUS), YAKOVLEV (RUS), RYBAKOV (RUS) KAMAZ 03:12:05 00:04:32
10 512 ARDAVICHUS (KAZ), BRUYNKENS (BEL), HUISMAN (NLD) MAN 03:12:19 00:04:46

QUAD – TOP-10

Pos. No. Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 263 COPETTI (ARG) YAMAHA 03:49:06
2 271 MEDEIROS (BRA) YAMAHA 03:53:26 00:04:20
3 280 DUTRIE (FRA) YAMAHA 03:54:47 00:05:41
4 251 CASALE (CHL) YAMAHA 03:55:31 00:06:25
5 257 SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY) YAMAHA 03:56:00 00:06:54 00:05:00
6 267 KOOLEN (NLD) BARREN RACER 04:00:38 00:11:32
7 277 KUBIENA (CZE) IBOS 04:01:59 00:12:53
8 265 INNOCENTE (ARG) CAN-AM 04:03:13 00:14:07 00:05:00
9 279 VITSE (FRA) YAMAHA 04:03:45 00:14:39 00:01:00
10 281 GONZALEZ (ARG) YAMAHA 04:04:49 00:15:43


Stage 2 Summary – Car/Bike – (Resistencia / San… by Dakar

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