Moto results of 2019 Dakar Rally turned on their head on stage three as lead riders play a game of snakes and ladders.
Day three of the Dakar Rally has been a dramatic one full of movers and shakers: impressive speed at the front of the field sees Xavier De Soultrait take his first stage win of the 2019 Dakar. Kevin Benavides was impressive also on his 30thbirthday, leapfrogging up the leaderboard to take third on the stage and sit second in the general classification.
Rockstar Husky’s Pablo Quintanilla was the biggest beneficiary from the long day, avoiding holes and navigation errors to finish just 15 seconds behind De Soultrait. More impressively Pablo now sits on a sweet cushion, 11m23s in the Rally lead ahead of Benavides second with Sam Sunderland just under a minute further back in third.
Day two’s headline makers, Matthias Walkner and Ricky Brabec, dropped a stack of time with a navigation error and, along with Toby Price, dropped down the order. All three tried to claw back time but Walkner finished in 15th, Brabec was also well down but hauled himself back to 13th. Overall Walkner is now over 20 minutes adrift, Brabec is 18 minutes behind the rally leader.
Toby Price, suffering with a wrist injury, ended the day just inside the top 10 and still sits in fifth overall, albeit 15 minutes behind the leader.
Joan Barreda was the biggest loser of the day after getting stuck 143km into the stage and never being able to get himself going again. The Spaniard eventually had to throw in the towel and retire yet again from Dakar.
On the up was Laia Sanz who negotiated the tough, 798km stage (331km timed special) and jumped inside the top 20 overall.
2019 Dakar Rally stage three results:
Overall ranking after three stages:
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