Dakar 2018 Day 12 Outcomes

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Matthias Walkner

Matthias Walkner went into stage 10 with a 22-second lead and got here out with a whopping margin of practically 40 minutes. In stage 11, he was capable of trip comparatively conservatively to a fifth-place end but nonetheless has 32 minutes over new runner-up Kevin Benavides. Dakar is now his to lose with simply three levels remaining.


Stage 11 within the 40th Dakar Rally noticed issues return to extra regular proceedings in comparison with stage 10. The primary half of the second and last marathon stage for bikes (that means no spare components or workforce mechanics on the bivouac so the riders should preserve their bikes and particularly the tires to final two consecutive days) started in Belén, Argentina, and led to Fiambalá after 205 kilometers of liaison or switch part and a timed particular stage of 280 kilometers.

As well as, this stage featured an uncommon begin the place the 10 finest automobiles and 10 quickest bikes began in alternate order three minutes aside based on their stage 10 end. The remainder of the sphere began at two-minute intervals. This offered the uncommon sight of automotive chief Stephane Peterhansel—a multi-time winner on bikes in addition to in automobiles—lining up simply forward of Matthias Walkner, who later caught and dueled with him briefly.

After getting misplaced (together with a number of different high riders), Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Workforce’s Toby Value set out at a blazing tempo, the 2016 race winner intent on placing his 19th-place end in stage 10 behind him and gunning for a podium within the stage if not the general end. In profitable at this time’s stage, he moved from 50-plus minutes and fifth place behind total chief Walkner to 3rd total, 39:17 behind his teammate from Austria.

Toby Price

One in all a number of riders who acquired tremendously misplaced yesterday, Toby Value made amends at this time, attacking from the outset to seize the stage lead early and energy by means of the remainder of the day for his first triumph of this version of Dakar. The 2016 race winner is now third total within the provisional total standings.


“Yesterday was… I’ve by no means felt so dangerous in my life,” Value confided in Fiambalá. “At present we simply wanted to try to see if we might claw again a bit little bit of time, and I believe we’ve executed that a bit bit, however it’s going to be robust from again the place we’re. It’s good to get a stage win.

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“Within the first week I used to be fairly conservative, however now I attacked some extra; it’s good to get a stage win as a result of I hadn’t executed that this yr up to now. To be nonetheless within the race going towards the end line is a reasonably large achievement for me. My purpose is simply attempting to remain on two wheels, not making a day like yesterday and seeing what that offers us on the end line.”

Walkner stays solidly in command of the rally and will afford to trip extra conservatively, putting fifth at this time after being the primary finisher bodily and sitting atop the general chief board at 36:33:37.

Monster Vitality Honda Workforce’s Kevin Benavides continued to present his fellow Argentineans a lot hope as he rode to second within the stage, simply 1:38 behind Value. Benavides is now second within the standings, 32 minutes behind Walkner, after teammate Joan Barreda conceded the race and dropped out—the mixed results of his four-day-old knee harm, gentle concussion from one in all his crashes right here, a pre-race wrist harm, warmth, demanding terrain, and getting misplaced early within the stage forcing him into the irritating determination. (Notably, Dakar veteran Stefan Svitko of Slovakia additionally dropped out at this time regardless of holding eighth total following an enormous get-off yesterday.)

Issues went significantly better for the Individuals as effectively. Fueled by anger at getting misplaced yesterday, Monster Vitality Honda Workforce’s Ricky Brabec knew his solely choice was to dash and he did effectively, working his manner by means of the pack to complete the stage fourth-fastest, lower than eight minutes behind Value. Brabec’s Baja racing and pre-running expertise might have helped as ranging from far again within the order he had numerous beat-up path from earlier automotive/truck visitors to barter.

With teammate Barreda out, Brabec moved up a spot to sixth within the provisional total at 37:51:47 or about 39 minutes off Value’s third-place time.

“I’m a lot happier than after I completed yesterday, which had been a nightmare to attempt to discover that cursed waypoint,” Brabec declared. “I really feel tremendous; the bike is operating rather well, too. We’ll proceed combating to complete this Dakar as finest we are able to. I hope Joan will get effectively and improves quickly.”

Andrew Short

The American with one of the best lead to stage 10 (although not by a lot as he was solely 37 seconds forward of seventh-place Mark Samuels), Andrew Brief put in one other stable trip within the first half of the second marathon stage. As soon as once more, he completed simply forward of Samuels in 13th and is 17th within the provisional total classification.


Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing Workforce’s Andrew Brief, alternatively, did effectively in stage 10 regardless of a high-speed get-off and saved that momentum going at this time the place he completed the stage with the 13th-fastest time. The Dakar rookie now sits 17th total at 39:40:08 and had this to say: “Yet another exhausting rally stage is within the books, and we’re getting nearer to the end. Tonight we’ll have to arrange our bikes by ourselves to get them prepared for stage 12 tomorrow.

“All the things goes effectively for me up to now; I continue learning and enhancing. This occasion is a large expertise for me, and my thoughts now’s centered on crossing the end line on Saturday. We’ve all labored actually onerous this final couple of weeks and it will likely be like seeing all of the onerous work repay after we attain Córdoba. There are three extra levels to go and I’ll do my finest to remain centered on my targets.”

As he did yesterday, Mark Samuels proved to be the closest competitor to Brief, the MEC Workforce Honda CRF450 Rally-mounted Baja racer simply 5 seconds slower on the end—the 14th-best time of the day—and sitting 22nd total at 42:19:05. Samuels has now managed to place a bit hole between himself and Shane Esposito, who was 23rd within the stage on his Duust Rally Workforce KTM 450 Rally Reproduction and occupies 26th total at 43:38:18.

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Invoice Conger is wanting increasingly more more likely to get his first Dakar end. He was 68th within the stage and holds 67th total in 60:31:35.

The final half of the ultimate marathon stage shall be one other sizzling, sandy day in Argentina, with 348 kilometers of liaison and 375 kilometers of particular because the remaining rivals race from Fiambalá to San Juan, website of the 2014 ISDE.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides might have one of the best likelihood of dethroning Matthias Walkner as the general chief, however he has 32 minutes to make up and simply three levels left to do this in. The truth that he’ll be racing in entrance of fellow Argentineans the remainder of the way in which might assist—or the stress could also be an excessive amount of and he might make a navigational error as he did yesterday and even crash out as earlier chief Adrien Van Beveren did yesterday with lower than two miles to the end. Something can occur at Dakar.


Rating Rider Quantity Rider Workforce General Time Time From Chief Penalty
1 2 Matthias Walkner Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Workforce 36:33:37 00:01:00
2 47 Kevin Benavides Monster Vitality Honda Workforce 37:05:37 00:32:00
three eight Toby Value Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Workforce 37:12:54 00:39:17
four three Gerard Farrés Guell Himoinsa Racing Workforce 37:22:54 00:49:17
5 9 Antoine Méo Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Workforce 37:32:42 00:59:05 00:01:00
6 20 Ricky Brabec Monster Vitality Honda Workforce 37:51:47 01:18:10
7 40 Johnny Aubert GasGas Motorsport 38:23:11 01:49:34 00:19:00
eight 10 Pablo Quintanilla Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing 38:26:56 01:53:19
9 68 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo Monster Vitality Honda Workforce 38:39:34 02:05:57
10 61 Oriol Mena Hero Motosports Workforce Rally 38:46:44 02:13:07
17 54 Andrew Brief Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing 39:40:08 03:06:31
22 64 Mark Samuels MEC Workforce 42:19:05 05:45:28 01:00:00
26 103 Shane Esposito Duust Rally Workforce 43:38:18 07:04:41 02:05:00
67 105 Invoice Conger Klymciw Racing 60:31:35 23:57:58

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