| Al-Attiyah wins stage nevertheless deflated Peterhansel keeps lead

Nasser Al-Attiyah won his fifth stage on the Dakar Rally on Thursday when he finished practically about two minutes earlier than leader Stephane Peterhansel nevertheless aloof trails the Frenchman with in some unspecified time in the future to creep.

Peterhansel will beginning the final stage, a 225-kilometre depart across chains of dunes to Jeddah, main by a quarter of an hour as he seeks to add to his yarn 13 victories in the speed.

“We lost gorgeous just a few minutes, or no longer it’s nothing,” talked about Peterhansel at the have. “There is fair in some unspecified time in the future to creep… It is time to snide fingers and hope that we might perchance perchance well be in first space at the reside”.

The longest stage of the speed, a 464-kilometre pressure across sand dunes from Al Ula to Yanbu brought a day of altering fortunes.

Peterhansel led with an wait on of greater than three minutes over Al-Attiyah after 306 kilometres nevertheless suffered two punctures.

Khalid Al-Qassimi took the lead after 362 kilometres at which point Al-Attiyah had closed to interior seven seconds of Peterhansel.

Peterhansel regained the lead and used to be 38 seconds earlier than the chasing Al-Attiyah 30 kilometres from the have nevertheless might perchance perchance no longer lend a hand the lead.

“This day it used to be indubitably advanced, be pleased the organisers talked about beforehand, be pleased we expected it to be, since the navigation used to be stressful, nevertheless we purchased two punctures, especially the final particular person who used to be in the dunes,” the Frenchman talked about.

“They were indubitably contemporary dunes,” he added. “In the center of the dunes there derive been some rocks gorgeous after the crest of the dunes, so it used to be stressful to sit down down up for or to gaze. The final one used to be a in point of fact gargantuan impact and we had every other puncture. We were a piece bit afraid that additionally some phase of the frame used to be broken, nevertheless at the reside it used to be OK.”

Al-Attiyah, driving a Toyota, at final crossed the line in 4hr 34min 24sec, 1min 56sec earlier than Peterhansel in his Mini.

“It indubitably wasn’t easy,” talked about the Qatari, who additionally won the prologue.

“I’m indubitably cosy to be here on day 11 with none technical complications with the automobile,” he added. “We derive indubitably had reasonably just a few punctures. I’ve had greater than 16 tyres punctured. I’m definite that 16 tyres instances one minute and a half every replace is plenty.”

“We are going to survey what occurs the next day to come,” he talked about.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz in every other Mini used to be a additional 30 seconds motivate in third. Saudi Yazeed Al-Rajhi used to be fourth in a Toyota.

Briton Sam Sunderland, 2017 Dakar champion, won the bike category, the KTM rider timing 4hr 35min 21 sec for the stage, sustaining a snug 2: 40 lead over the Husqvarna ridden by Pablo Quintanilla.

“I knew that in the present day time used to be one of my final chances to test out to fetch and I gave my all, all day,” talked about Sunderland.

“We aloof derive in some unspecified time in the future to creep and heaps issues can happen on one stage.”

Argentina’s Kevin Benavides increased his lead in the final standings over American Honda teammate and defending champion Ricky Brabec to 7: 13, with Sunderland for the time being second, at 4: 12.

“We did a in point of fact correct job with Ricky,” talked about Benavides, who broke his nose as he shattered his helmet leaping off a dune on stage five.

“It used to be a in point of fact arduous day, very lengthy with loads of navigation, reasonably just a few sand and dunes.”

Benavides added: “With Ricky we pushed together on the dunes… The next day we can push be pleased on each day basis, no other approach than that.

“There are no team orders and yes, the speed is aloof commence.”

There used to be drama on the stage as Spain’s Joan Barreda, a two-stage winner additionally on a Honda, exited the speed after missing a refuelling terminate and therefore working out of petrol.

Dakar Rally results after Thursday’s 11th and penultimate stage:


1. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (QAT/FRA/Toyota) 4hrs 34min 24sec, 2. Stephane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (FRA/FRA/Mini) at 1min 56sec, 3. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (ESP/ESP/Mini) 2: 26, 4. Yazeed Al Rajhi/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (KSA/GER/Toyota) 4: 02, 5. Cyril Despres/Michael Horn (FRA/SUI/Peugeot) 8: 31, 6. Wei Han/Min Liao (CHN/CHN/Smg) 10: 56, 7. Giniel De Villiers/Alex Haro Bravo (RSA/ESP/Toyota) 13: 30, 8. Vladimir Vasilyev/Dmitro Tsyro (RUS/UKR/Mini) 13: 58, 9. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/Xavier Panseri (UAE/FRA/Peugeot) 14: 30, 10. Yasir Seaidan/Alexey Kuzmich (KSA/RUS/Century) 14: 51.


1. Stephane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (FRA/FRA/Mini) 42hrs 9min 26sec, 2. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (QAT/FRA/Toyota) at 15min 5sec, 3. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (ESP/ESP/Mini) at 1hr 04min 14sec, 4. Jakub Przygonski/Timo Goettschalk (POL/GER/Toyota) 2.32: 24. (2min penality), 5. Nani Roma/Alexandre Winocq (ESP/FRA/Brx) 3.15: 54, 6. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/Xavier Panseri (UAE/FRA/Peugeot) 3.25: 48, 7. Vladimir Vasilyev/Dmitro Tsyro (RUS/UKR/Mini) 3.26: 58, 8. Giniel De Villiers/Alex Haro Bravo (RSA/ESP/Toyota) 3.55: 02. (21 min penalty), 9. Martin Prokop/Viktor Chytka (CZE/CZE/Ford) 3.59: 23. (1min penalty), 10. Cyril Despres/Michael Horn (FRA/SUI/Peugeot) 4.49: 05 (49min penalty).


1. Sam Sunderland (GBR/Ktm) 4hrs 35min 12sec, 2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Husqvarna) at 2min 40sec, 3. Kevin Benavides (ARG/Honda) 6: 24, 4. Daniel Sanders (AUS/Ktm) 8: 34,5. Matthias Walkner (AUT/Ktm) 9: 27, 6. Ricky Brabec (USA/Honda) 12: 46, 7. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP/Sherco Manufacturing facility) 15: 09, 8. Stefan Svitko (SVK/Ktm) 16: 45,9. Oriol Mena (ESP/Ktm) 18: 15,10. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA/Yamaha) 19: 48. (5min penalty)


1. Kevin Benavides (ARG/Honda) 45hrs 1min 44sec (2min penalty), 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR/Ktm) at 4min 12sec, 3. Ricky Brabec (USA/Honda) 7: 13. 4. Daniel Sanders (AUS/Ktm) 33: 05. (7min penalty), 5. Skyler Howes (USA/Ktm) 49: 07. (6min penalty), 6. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP/Sherco Manufacturing facility) 49: 26, 7. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Husqvarna) 1.00: 18, 8. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA/Yamaha) 1.25: 46. (20min penalty), 9. Stefan Svitko (SVK/Ktm) 1.26: 40, 10. Martin Michek (CZE/Ktm) 2.14: 55. (3min penalty)

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