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Sand, sand and more sand, that’s what the Dakar organisers promise for day 2 from Bisha to Wadi ad-Dawasir awaits the competitors in the second stage of the Dakar. In stark contrast to yesterday’s rocky route, Monday runs into the Arabian Desert dunes that twill test both driving and navigation to staytt on the pace…
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12h40 Cars: Nasser Al Attiyah has delivered an ultimately crushing Dakar Day 2 victory for Toyota as he powered home to a 2 minute 35 second victory, provisionally over Mini duo Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz, with Mattieu Serradori fourth inthe SA-built Century. In so doing Al Attiyah has cut his deficit to Peterhansel to under 10 minutes and less than three minutes adrift of Sainz.
12h20 Bikes: Joan Barreda now leads the motorcycles two days into the Dakar, six minutes clear of teammate Ricky Brabec, who is just a few seconds clear of multiple former South African champion, Botswana’s ‘Kalahari Ferrari’ Ross Branch on his Yamaha. Husqvarna duo Pablo Quintanilla and Xavier de Soultrait are next up ahead of Adrien van Beveren’s Yamaha.
12h10 Bikes: Joan Barreda has taken a dominant 4-minute stage win for Honda ahead of teammate Ricky Brabec, Pablo Quintanilla’s Husqvarna and Botswana hero Ross Branch on the first of the Yamahas. JI Cornejo Flormino was next home on another Honda with Adrien van Beveren sixth for Yamaha. T]It’s been a disastrous day for KTM with overnight leader Toby Price losing over half an hour, Mattias Walkb]ner losong close to three hours and Sam Sunderland coming hin 22 minutes off the pace while rookie Saunders was the best of its runnners, 16 minutes behind in ninth.
12h00 Cars: Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al Attiyah has moved his Hilux into the lead of Dakar Day 2 by a minute over Mini man Stephane Peterhansel. Carlos Sainz was third, 8 minutes adrift, by just two seconds over Mattieu Saerradori’s Century buggy, with Jakub Przygonski’s Hilux and Sheikh Al Qassimi’s Peugeot next up. Giniel de Villiers sits a net tenth, Brian Baragwanath 14th and Henk Lategan 22nd. Shameer Variyawa is up and going again following his earlier delay and was running around 50th.
10h55 Cars: There’s also a change behind leader Peterhansel in the cars at the 267 km WP5 as Al Attiyah moves up to second by a minute with Sainz now third from Sedian and Serradori’s Centurys.
10h50 Bikes: Barreda still leads but there has been a bit of a shake-up behind as Sanders moves up to second from Brabec, Quintanilla, Branch and van Beveren at the 357 km WP7.
09h50 Cars: Not much drama up front as Peter lead Sainz by a minute with Nasser chasing a few seconds behind as Sedian moved to fourth over Searradori and Rajhi as Giniel maintains his earlier deficit. Henk Lategan had a slow start and is 20 minutes adrift of the leads after WP2. He may have stopped to help teammate Variyawa who is now an hour late in reaching WP1 and appears stopped close to the end of the first sector…?
09h30 Bikes: It’s all change up front on two wheels as Honda’s Barreda has taken charge, two minutes ahead of Botswana superstar Ross Branch a fine second for Yamaha, Quintanilla’s Husqvarna, Brabec’s Honda, privateer Sanders on a KTM and Yamaha trio van Beveren, Short and McCanney. The stricken Walkner has got his KTM going again after losing over 2 hours stuck, while teammate and overnight leader Price continues to struggle and lose time after his slow start this morning…
09h00 Cars: While the leading bikes seemed to struggle again this morning, there seems no such trouble among the cars as Stephane Peterhansel led Carlos Sainz in the Mini buggies with Nasser Al Attiyah in hot pursuit inthe Gazoo Racing Toyota Hilux. Serradori and Seiadan’s SA-built Centuries were an encouraging fourth and fifth ahead of Al Rajhi’s Hilux. Giniel de Villiers however had a troubled start and lost 4 minutes to WP1.
07h55 Bikes: The stage seems to have settled down as van Beveren leads Branch, Sam Sunderland’s KTM, Soultrait’s Husqvarna, Svitko’s KTM and Short making it three Yamahas in the top six. It appears Walkner’s Dakar is done for 2021.
07h30 Bikes: Once again opening the stage seems to be a huge challenge as the bike order reshuffles completely at WP1 with 13th, 14th and 15th starters, Yamaha riders Adrien van Beveren and Ross Branch and KTM privateer Stefan Svitko leading the way at WP1. Overnight leader Toby Price lost 5 minutes and was slowest of the top 20 machines through WP1, Kevin Benavides is 15th after losing 3 minutes and third starter today Matthias Walkner is in even bigger trouble with what seem to be clutch issues on his KTM…
07h00 Bikes: Stage 2 is a go as Topy Price sets off into the dunes