The tenth stage of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” with the 372-kilometre special stage between Belém Salty and revived the intrigue in the category of trucks and in fact predetermined the outcome of the battle for the victory among motorcyclists.
Argentina met the participants of the anniversary of the 40th of the “Dakar” heat even in the shade the temperature reached 40 degrees Celsius, which was unusual after a few days in the rain. The main problem was that the long sandy stretches in the first half of the stage could lead to fatigue, but closer to the finish line focus and situational awareness had a key role…
Convoluted route in the plexus of channels of the local rivers, probably determined the outcome of the struggle for victory in the motorcycle category. Astray and drive the extra 10 miles, Kevin Benavides, Toby Price, Antoine MEO, Stefan Svitko, Joan Barreda Board and Rick Brabeck lost about an hour. All this played into the hands of the overall leader Adrien van Beveren, but just three kilometres to go, the Yamaha rider lost control and fell.
Adrien Van Beveren couldn’t finish stage 10 of the #Dakar2018 despite his efforts to keep going
// @A_Vanbeveren no pudo terminar la etapa 10 a although de sus esfuerzos para seguir en el #DakarArgentina pic.twitter.com/B8hC4iVThw
— DAKAR RALLY (@dakar) 16 Jan 2018
The only one who escaped of the problems was the Austrian Matthias Walkner. Racer KTM celebrated the victory and what is most important now heads the General classification with a phenomenal lead of 39 minutes.
In the standings SUVs continues to lead Carlos Sainz, despite only the fifth result on the day and the victory of the Peugeot partner Stefan Peterhansel, who is now his main rival. Nasser al-Attiyah lost time due to technical problems.
In the category of ATVs victory on home soil celebrated Nicholas Cavigliasso, the second time on “Dakar-2018” to win the stage ahead two minutes his compatriot Jeremias Gonzalez of Ferioli. In the General classification, with almost two hours ahead of Ignacio Casale.
An unexpected affair appeared in the category of trucks. The second victory at stages “Dakar-2018” celebrated Ton van Genugten, while his teammate De Rooy Iveco’s Federico Villagra, who finished second, and played the leader Eduard Nikolaev 21 of 46 minutes gap. Such a big loss of time by the driver of the “KAMAZ-Master” due to the damage to the front of the gearbox. No luck also Ayrat Mardeev – the winner of “Dakar-2015” lost 17 minutes because of problems when changing the wheel. “Quick cleaner” Anton Shibalov and all lit up. The fire was extinguished, but it is not known whether the crew #515 to continue the race…
Along with four official riders Peugeot at the start of “Dakar-2018” behind the wheel of a new car 3008 Maxi was released Khalid al Qassimi. Rally driver from the United Arab Emirates is primarily known for his factory team Citroen in WRC. The current rally-marathon was his second in his career, and fourth place on the tenth stage confirms the progress achieved. In the overall standings al Qassimi currently holds the seventh place.
The Benavides brothers had huge expectations to the final part of the rally-marathon at home in Argentina. During the first 242 kilometers after the start in Salta Kevin was the leader, but in the end, like many of his competitors, lost in the rivers and at the finish was far behind the new leader of the General classification. His younger brother Luciano was close for the first time to finish in the top 10, but instead fell and was forced to terminate his debut Dakar.
Because of the broken triangle pendants that have occurred over the 45 kilometers to complete the special stage, Nasser al-Attia had to be careful to reach the finish line. The Toyota driver completed the stage with an average speed of 56 km/h, while the winner Stephane Peterhansel raced at 100 km/h.
Toby Price: “This day you want to forget. For me, the struggle for the victory is almost finished. Of course, the remaining stages a lot can happen. But the situation is not optimistic. Nothing can be done”.
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