For the third consecutive year since 2016, the motorcycles, take cars and trucks out together in the order set by the time Eve scratch the three categories combined. Province of La Rioja, only region where the Dakar has washed up on each and every one of the issues disputed in South American lands, It serves as the backdrop of the second stage marathon rally for motorbikes. Dakar strongmen must care for their own faithful allies tonight at the end of another grueling stage.
On his return to Dakar after enjoying a sabbatical, Bernhard Ten Brinke is signing an impeccable career. In the Top 10 all stages from the start of the rally, Dutch is the only driver, along with his Toyota teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah, that Peugeot has set a special thanks to high-flying action. Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres have neutralized each other in today's stage, so that there was no change in the hierarchy. The provisional classification has not suffered any rollover on motorbikes through intelligent race leader Matthias Walkner, which he has reached 11'01 '' the fastest man of the day. The stage victory has finally fallen on the side of his teammate Toby Price; the Australian and reunited with the victory in the Dakar after overtaking local Kevin Benavides and another KTM rider Antoine Meo official. in quads, Nicolas Cavigliasso has made a demonstration of force against rivals that has earned him his second consecutive victory over Argentina 15 minutes ahead of overall leader, Ignacio Casale. Por último, by truck, Belarussian Siarhei Viazovich has taken the upper hand after signing the fastest time in Chilecito driving his Maz.
The performance of the day
First or second in 8 of the 10 Special contested so far, Federico Villagra has shown extraordinary regularity. Despite the proud home of Dakar Eduard Nikolaev and his Kamaz, Argentina had always been there, in the pit, until finally taking the reins of the general on his land, in Chilecito. The winner of the last Rally of Morocco has put it towards his first victory on the Dakar in his third truck.
The Dakar continues with his back to castellonense Joan Barreda. With three stage wins to his credit, the official Honda rider has provided entertainment and excitement to the test in this edition. Sin embargo, the pilot, second this morning in the general, He paid very expensive strenuous efforts in recent days and knee injury stage 7. Diminished by pain and fatigue, Barreda has been forced to bid farewell to the rally.
Unlike a rickety 15 seconds after the three Peugeot 280 km special, I would say that Cyril Despres, Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel today wanted to form a nice trio. Translated into distance, This difference amounts to only 270 meters from the 3008 Maxi Despres and Peterhansel on target!
The reaction of the day
Nicolás Cavigliasso: "Conduzco un quad 450 cc, that responds very well in the sand and it is in this type of terrain where I can make a difference. Now we roll back into Argentine territory and I can say that since I got serious in the world of rally raid I start to know well. My objective, above all, It is to reach the goal of Córdoba, which has the added attraction of being my home, so it will be an exciting time. And I aspire to get the best position possible. Win three stages in my first Dakar I think it is incredible ... "
Note that the travel of motorcycles and quads of the twelfth stage has been slightly modified. The pilots finally take the start from the same place as cars, they will do after them and not have a distinct path at the beginning of the special.