Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort and Ricky Brabec jumped to the top of the bikes classification when Toby Price lost the Dakar Rally over 30 minutes on the second stage.
Both Barreda Bort and Brabec were lost in the opening phase, but on the 685 km long journey from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir they took the first respectively. second place and now occupy the same positions overall.
Price, on the other hand, has moved from the lead to 16th place for the majority of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team after a strenuous day. Place in the overall standings down, 17: 39 seconds behind the pace.
The Australian rookie Daniel Sanders was the second fastest to the third to last waypoint before losing more than 10 minutes over the next 47 km, but was still the best in the works team of the Austrian brand on the second stage and is now within four Minutes before Price’s total time.
Barreda Bort was the fastest at every waypoint of the 457 km time special and extended his lead over Brabec during the day so that it was 3:55 seconds at the end of the stage.
Overall, the Monster Energy Honda riders separate a total of 6:23 seconds, while Monster Energy Yamaha’s Ross Branch is only 14 seconds further away.
Branch set the fourth fastest stage time, while Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) climbed from outside the top 20 to fourth overall that day.
Price led the field, but gave up throughout the stage to be exactly 32 minutes slower than Barreda Bort. The Australian was spotted repeatedly at one point trying to clear a sand dune (see below). .
Sanders appeared to be one of the stars of the day. He drove a time that was only 3:23 seconds slower than Barreda Bort’s at kilometer 351, but ended up being 16:31 seconds slower than the Spaniard at the end of the special.
The days of Sanders and Price were straightforward compared to those of teammate Matthias Walkner, who ran into a gearbox problem and had to repair his bike on stage (see below). .
The 2018 Dakar Champion started the day in third overall but is now 46 at best. after bleeding more than two hours before the first waypoint at 46 km.
On the other Red Bull KTM, Sam Sunderland did better, but still fell from fourth to twelfth place in the overall standings and is now 12: 50s behind the top spot.
The Australian Michael Burgess (BAS Dakar KTM) slipped from 34. on the 42. Place down, 1:49: 00s from the pace, while compatriot and debutant Andrew Houlian (Nomadas Adventure) is still on the road.
The latter was again one of the later starters due to the time lost due to an electrical drama in the prologue, but had won almost 30 positions on the first stage and was 69th at this point. place.
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