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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out

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Jan 9, 2020, 9:45 AM

Toby Price became the first double stage winner of the bike class in the 2020 Dakar Rally as his KTM teammate Sam Sunderland crashed out of the event.

Price took the lead at the beginning of the 564km stage, and was fastest through the remaining four checkpoints.

In the first half of the test, he was rivalled by Sunderland, who was stripped of a stage victory on Wednesday for exceeding speed limits in a neutralised section.

But the 2017 champion suffered a heavy crash 187km into the stage and he was forced to retire from the event, having hurt his back and left shoulder.

Afterwards, Price's lead was over two minutes but he eventually only won by 1m12s over Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla.

Quintanilla's teammate Andrew Short was third ahead of fellow American Ricky Brabec, who extended his overall lead thanks to Honda teammates Kevin Benavides and Jose Ignacio Cornejo, who started the day second and third, struggling.

Benavides and Cornejo, who opened the road, were 12 and 14 minutes off the pace respectively and dropped behind Price, the latter also behind Quintanilla, in the general rankings.

Matthias Walkner (KTM) and Joan Barreda (Honda) were not in contention for the stage win and are now both more than 30 minutes behind Brabec in sixth and seventh overall.

Rookie Dutu tops quads but Giroud wins stage

Dakar newcomer Romain Dutu set the pace in the quad class, beating Alexandre Giroud in a stage-long duel where the duo finished 47 seconds apart.

However Dutu, riding for SMX Racing, retired from the competition in Stage 3 and he only continued the rally in the Dakar Experience category, which excludes him from the official results of the quad class.

As a result, it was Giroud celebrating the stage win, with Ignacio Casale taking second, 1m29s adrift.

With Giovanni Enrico losing 12 minutes, Casale extended his overall lead to 31m37s.

Standings after Stage 5 (Bikes, top 10):

Pos. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1

United States Ricky Brabec

Honda 19h07m19s
2

Australia Toby Price

KTM 9m06s
3

Argentina Kevin Benavides

Honda 11m32s
4

Chile Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna 16m01s
5 Chile Jose Ignacio Cornejo Honda 20m25s
6

Austria Matthias Walkner

KTM 30m54s
7

Spain Joan Barreda

Honda 31m24s
8

Argentina Luciano Benavides

KTM 34m00s
9 United States Skyler Howes Husqvarna 49m47s
10 Slovakia Stefan Svitko KTM 56m53s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Sub-event Stage 5: Al-`Ula - Ha'il
Drivers Toby Price
Teams Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Author David Gruz