Five day’s racing and five different winners topping the results at Dakar 2019 – Sunderland wins stage five heading into halfway point of the rally to close in on Ricky Brabec's overall lead.
After this morning’s mass start on the beach for stage five of the 2019 Dakar Rally, Sam Sunderland became the fifth different stage winner, moved up to second overall and all this despite stopping to help stricken Honda rider Paulo Goncalves.
Sunderland took his first stage win of the 2019 Dakar finishing over 3m23s ahead of Xavier De Soultrait with Matthias Walkner third – both having had strong days today. The British rider initially finished well down the order but was credited back time (10 minutes) he’d lost earlier in the day when he stopped to help stricken Paulo Goncalves.
The Portuguese rider, Goncalves, had a heavy crash and Sunderland stayed with the veteran Honda pilot to help for a reported 10 minutes. With the time credited back Sunderland took a comfortable win on another long day in Peru.
Pablo Quintanilla will rue mistakes and the chance to regain the rally lead from Ricky Brabec who came home a distant 6m46s behind the stage winner. In this fickle 2019 Dakar, today's results mean Brabec’s lead is now just 59s over Sunderland.
Along with Sunderland, another rider having a great day was Dakar rookie, Lorenzo Santolino who bagged fourth place on his Sherco.
2019 Dakar Rally stage five results:
Overall ranking after five stages:
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