At present’s Stage 10 noticed the 2018 Dakar Rally deal with Argentinian sand dunes and riverbeds between Salta and Belén. After a number of days within the rain, sizzling climate returned with temperatures above 40°C.
Stage 10 noticed an enormous turmoil within the bike class, with Austrian Matthias Walkner making the most of the navigation error made by a number of rivals. That, and the then total chief Adrien Van Beveren fell three kilometers from the end, ruining his possibilities of victory and letting Walkner take the lead.
Walkner took the win in Belén after Antoine Meo, Toby Value, Ricky Brabec and Kevin Benavides acquired misplaced whereas following one another alongside the flawed observe within the second a part of the stage. When Van Beveren was compelled to desert after falling off his bike, Walkner prevailed – and have become the brand new total chief. Brabec’s navigation error put him in 24th total. He nonetheless sits in seventh within the total standings, however the purpose of an total win is slipping farther away, having misplaced 56 minutes to the chief at present.
Walkner completed forward of Pablo Quintanilla (+11’35’’) and Gerard Guell (+16’21’’) within the small Argentinian city. He has a 39-minute lead on Joan Barreda and 41 minutes on Benavides within the total rating. Walkner mentioned: “A very robust and lengthy stage. After the primary half, once I noticed Kevin was six minutes in entrance, I mentioned okay, we are able to’t go as quick all stage with this difficult navigation. So I stayed at my tempo and it didn’t work so dangerous. After all I feel I can win, however there are six or seven different riders who can win it and there’s nonetheless an extended option to go. We’ve seen how fast it could actually change”.
The highest American was Andrew Quick, who completed in sixth, his better of the rally thus far. “It was an up and down stage for me however I’m greater than glad with the end result. I used to be quick in some components of the stage after which in others I needed to decelerate and pay extra consideration on my navigation. There have been some components of the stage that you simply couldn’t really see the place you have been going. I rode on my own for the primary a part of the stage and that was an excellent apply for me. Then within the second half, I caught the main riders who had acquired misplaced and I managed to stick with them. I simply saved it pinned whereas making an attempt to not make errors. I additionally had an enormous crash at one level, however fortunately it was all good and I managed to get going once more. I’m nonetheless actually excited with the way in which issues are going thus far. I be taught loads and begin to know the right way to be quick whereas additionally ensuring I comply with the correct tracks.” Quick’s efficiency put him inside the highest 20, at 19th total.
Mark Samuels completed in seventh, simply seconds behind Quick. He’s now in 28th place, with Shane Esposito in 31st, after ending 28th at present. Invoice Conger was 73rd on the day and sits in 69th.
2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 10 Provisional Classification
1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 04:52:26
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 05:04:01
three. Gerard Farres (KTM) 05:08:47
four. Oriol Mena (Hero) 05:13:11
5. Jose Cornejo (Honda) 05:15:40
6. Andrew Quick (Husqvarna) 05:16:39
2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Total Standings After Stage 10
1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 32:21:03
2. Joan Barreda (Honda) 33:00:45
three. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 33:02:26
four. Gerard Farres (KTM) 33:08:49
5. Toby Value (KTM) 33:11:21
6. Antoine Meo (KTM) 33:24:38
7. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 33:42:40
19. Andrew Quick (Husqvarna) 35:02:13