Dakar: Benavides’ day win in motorbikes, Peterhansel on his way to fourteenth overall victory

He completed the 465 kilometer long desert test in the area of ​​the coastal town of Neom 1 minute and 34 seconds faster than José Ignacio Cornejo. The Chilean, like Benavides for the Honda factory team, remains the leader in the general classification.

Cornejo has a lead of more than 11 minutes in the overall ranking over Benavides, who booked his second day success in the rally through Saudi Arabia and saw his younger brother Luciano Benavides retire due to a crash.

Cornejo mainly benefited from the loss of two-time winner Toby Price. The Australian was short behind Cornejo in second place in the standings, but crashed hard after 155 kilometers in the test and injured his arm and shoulder. Price (KTM) had to leave the rally and was transferred to hospital.

Peterhansel on his way to the fourteenth overall victory in Dakar

Stéphane Peterhansel is on his way to his fourteenth overall victory in the Dakar Rally. The French rally driver won the ninth stage and cemented his leading position in the general classification. The desert rally through Saudi Arabia has three more stages and ends on Friday.

‘Monsieur Dakar’ raced in the 465 kilometer long test in the area of ​​the coastal town of Neom in his Mini buggy over the dirt roads and clocked 4 hours and 50.27 minutes. His great rival Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) took 12 minutes longer. The three-time winner from Qatar wasted valuable time due to two flat tires.

It was only the first stage victory for Peterhansel in this edition of Dakar, but it was an important one. He has now built up a 17.50 minute lead over Al-Attiyah in the standings. The number 3 in the standings, defending champion Carlos Sainz (Mini), is already more than an hour away.

Peterhansel, 55, is the most successful participant in the infamous desert rally. He has won the motorcycle classification six times and has seven wins in the cars.

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