After a day in which he was misplaced, circling in a sandy plain, between dry rivers and canyons, looking like a madman together with his co-pilot Lucas Cruz for a crossing level, Carlos Sainz (Mini) dealt a coup de grace . As typical. He received the sixth stage, with extra sand and many dunes, on the way to Hail.
Three hours and 38 minutes to complete 385 kilometers and that add to their document in the Dakar Rally. The victory, the second in this version, mainly serves Sainz to cease the bleeding. After 35 minutes misplaced the day earlier than, that coup of authority is extra ethical than efficient. The very good profession administration of his two foremost rivals, particularly Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini), total chief regardless of not scoring a single victory this 12 months; and Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota), who had three consecutive victories and who has returned to measure this Friday, continues to weigh as a lot or greater than his personal errors. Today there should not 45, however 40, the minutes that separate the Madrid from the French in the common classification, who has the Qatari solely 5 minutes away.
“There have been many days when we have now wasted a whole lot of time. Neither Lucas nor I are proud of what we have now completed; We might have completed a greater job, ”Sainz conceded at the finish of the stage. Of the 4 favorites in vehicles, this Dakar has already touched Sebastien Loëb, who added a brand new mechanical downside to navigation errors and punctures this Friday. The Frenchman broke a suspension arm of his Toyota at km 97 and when Sainz accomplished the stage he was nonetheless awaiting the arrival of his help.
Barreda makes historical past
Joan Barreda (Honda), who completed the fifth stage seventeenth – one in all the most complicated in phrases of navigation in Dakar up to now, arduous, tough and drained; “What I anticipated,” stated the Spaniard – he put the turbo on this Friday, surfed the dunes as he is aware of greatest and ended up starring in a scrumptious battle with a few of the quickest riders in the bike class. Barreda’s third victory this 12 months makes the Honda rider the Spaniard with the most stage wins in the bike class, 27. If just a few days in the past he tied with Coma for his twenty fifth victory, this Friday he tied with Jordi Arcarons. Only Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres are forward of Castellón, with 33 wins every. The icing on the cake will likely be Barreda on the day he manages to accompany these quite a few victories with a Dakar title.
“I’m very proud of this primary week and with these three victories. I’d by no means have imagined reaching this variety of victories. But the most vital factor is the Dakar, we’re right here to obtain the greatest place in the common classification ”, he declared. The Torreblanca pilot finally prevailed after a tight fight against the clock and nearly 4 hours of racing. And towards Ross Branch (Yamaha, completed 13 seconds), rookie Daniel Sanders (KTM, 53 seconds) or his teammate Ricky Brabec, who lastly fell to fourth place and gave up simply over two minutes by deviating barely from the route in the closing kilometers. You can see, navigation is a part of the sport in each second of this Dakar 2021.
The sand and the dunes monopolized the sixth particular, 385 kilometers of timed between Buraida and Hail, the place the members will take a well-deserved relaxation this Saturday. It was Toby Price (KTM), a two-time Dakar winner and third after the earlier day’s consequence, who began main. But quickly they have been on his heels. And Barreda began in that tug of conflict that he likes a lot, particularly when he can put the engine of his Honda and pull coming from behind. After 100 kilometers he was already setting the greatest time. And the pageant started, with Price (seventh, lower than 4 minutes away from Spanish), Van Beveren (Yamaha, 3 minutes away) or Walkner (KTM, three and a half minutes away) additionally concerned in the struggle.
The struggle, magnificent, in this sixth stage, one in all the most even of the race this 2021, leaves Price once more as chief of the common. But the distances between first and seventh place in the standings, the one held by Barreda (lower than six and a half minutes), are extraordinarily shut. At the midway level of the Dakar there are greater than a dozen riders who nonetheless have many choices to ship the closing blow.