Dakar: Stage 6-Respite and rest for Ricky Brabec as he leads Bikes by 20 minutes

Dakar: Stage 6-Respite and rest for Ricky Brabec as he leads Bikes by 20 minutes

Day 6 –January 10 th 2020 

Ricky Brabec continues to show impressive form, reinforcing his domination of the rally with another stage victory before the rest day. The position of leader is one that Stéphane Peterhansel is hunting for in the car category, helped also by a second success in 2020, though without worrying his team-mate Carlos Sainz for the moment…

Focus
In the middle of the desert! The menu for stage 6 gave the riders, drivers and crews an uninterrupted taste of sand. No villages and not even a river, just plenty of dromedaries from the start in Ha’il, in a splendid off-piste environment with dunes of reasonable size… at least for the moment. Over the 477 kilometres, the machines and their riders and drivers were not safe from mishaps. Rather than the terrain, it was these shortcomings that led to a varying degree of damage to the prospects of Johnny Aubert, Kevin Benavides and also Jakub Przygonski. Once the stage was over, the shock was cultural in nature for the competitors on entering Riyadh: the capital of Saudi Arabia has conserved the heritage of the Bedouins but also boasts the utmost modernity regarding its infrastructures and technology.

The essentials
As in 2019 in Peru, Ricky Brabec has done an impeccable job in Saudi Arabia to lead the rally at the half-way point by more than 20 minutes. The American has added panache to his consistency, with another stage victory in Riyadh in front of his team-mate Joan Barreda. Triumph in the quad race went to Simon Vitse, though this will have been of little worry to the comfortable general standings leader Ignacio Casale, whilst in the car category, the top of the classification is still sat on by Carlos Sainz, conceding just over a minute to the day’s winner Stéphane Peterhansel, who is working to make up time in the general standings. Second placed overall, Nasser Al-Attiyah dug in to ensure third place today. This was not the case for Gerard Farrés who drove without pressure to grab his second stage victory on the rally ahead of general standings leader Chaleco López. The truck race is still dominated by Andrey Karginov, who added another stage triumph to his roll of honour, but saw his Kamaz team leader, Eduard Nikolaev, forced to exit the race.

Performance of the day
Simon Vitse has made a big comeback. The Frenchman suffered a huge crash after winning his first stage victory on the Dakar in 2018, fracturing his hip, shoulder blade, collar bone and ribs, meaning he had to miss out on the last edition of the rally in Peru. Nonetheless, he has returned to form, with the intent of finishing his third Dakar without being intimidated by the usual leading lights of his category. This attitude helped him to obtain the stage victory in Riyadh, finishing more than 6 minutes ahead of general standings leader Ignacio Casale. His performance has put him in second place in the overall classification with the rally merely at the half-way point…

A crushing blow
Once again this year, Kevin Benavides held all the cards in the quest to triumph on the Dakar for the first time. The Argentinean started the morning in third place in the general standings and has been ultra-consistent in an edition marked by tricky navigation, achieving four finishes in the top 4 on five stages. However, it was not the man who came up short just before the rest day, but his machine. The high performance of his Honda was once again let down by its reliability, due to a broken engine forty kilometres before the finish. Following a pre-race injury in 2017, a navigational disaster in 2018 and a heavy penalty in 2019, Benavides is once again out of the reckoning for overall victory.

Stat of the day
In 13 Dakar rallies, Eduard Nikolaev had not yet dropped out (excluding a disqualification in 2012). The winner of the last three editions was even impressively consistent in the race’s leading places. However, previously he never suffered as many problems with his Kamaz, which has not left him any respite since the start of the rally. The build-up of mishaps over the last 24 hours got the best of the tenacity of crew No. 500, who finished stage 5 in the early hours of the morning before immediately starting today’s special, only to find themselves halted once more by a mechanical problem after 33 km. This time, Nikolaev had no option but to throw in the towel.

Quote of the day
Nasser Al-Attiyah: “I am disappointed because we are really going at the maximum and the Mini buggy is too fast compared to a 4×4. But what can we do? This is a new Dakar and I think we need to do a really good job. We’ve finished the first week without any problems and I’m quite happy. We’ll see next week. It will be tougher. I think there will be more dunes, but it’s still a long way”

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7 hrs ago

F1

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Hamilton was on the receiving end of racism during the pre season tests at Catalunya in 2008, so he knows what it’s like firsthand. Good job he spoke out, especially with what happened in Minneapolis last week

Took a bit of criticism from your best driver for you to say something about it as a whole. We do this together.

Will F1 really take a stand and not hold events in countries with systemic human rights violations? I doubt it.

So much racism in F1. I can’t wait for the day a person of color drives the best car on the grid, makes the most money, and becomes a multiple world champion... oh wait... never mind 🙄

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Humans are imperfect and forever will be. I doubt you can oppose and eradicate it. Each and every individual need to decide to not let these evil things from inside to take control of him. Once all the protests are over it will silence down only for it to come back again. How soon another protest will happen doesn't matter. How capable EACH and EVERY human is from getting controlled from the evil within is the real challenge. The lack of self control is the greatest human imperfection.

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You missed the caveat... *yet we’ll still continue to do business & hold races in Russia, China, Bahrain, Vietnam & Abu Dhabi as well as for pushing for a deal with Saudi Arabia. Because human rights & oppression doesn’t bother us when there’s $ to be made.

Let's fight against police brutality also! Why none entity can write it explicitly?

What about all of the roits, and looting. Nothing will be said about it? People’s businesses ruined by this. But nothing will be said about it?

Seems like a miscalculated PR stunt to me. I don't think F1 has any business talking about anything other than racing, considering that F1 races are regularly held in countries with questionable-at-best records in human rights and equality. Also, what does the tragic failure of American politics and law enforcement have to do with racing? This is all rather disappointing, but what can you expect from an American-owned series.

We have to fight against this racism together. And also against the police brutality.

Should have done this before Lewis accused the whole paddock of racism

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Well done Lewis for forcing this reaction and well done to F1 for putting it out!

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