Dakar, stage 10: Frenchman Van Beveren regains lead in crazy crossover for overall victory – MotoGP


“VBA” took advantage of the misadventures of its opponents and, first of all, the former leader of the general, Matthias Walkner, to take control. The stage win goes to Toby Price.

The takeover of Matthias Walkner was short-lived. The Austrian, who took the lead in the standings yesterday thanks to his remarkable consistency, has indeed lost a lot today, on the special connection between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Bisha, while the Dakar has now made the way back to Jeddah, place of arrival of this 44th edition the day after tomorrow.

Walkner, who started fourth in the grid this morning, nevertheless held his ground for the entire race, but broke out in the final section, probably due to a navigation error, on a very fast stage and contested in lush landscapes, even if the numerous track crossings helped , as we see, the pilots fail to orient themselves correctly.

At the first point, it was Pole Maciej Giemza who caused the surprise and temporarily took the lead on his Husqvarna, ahead of Joan Barreda, Kevin Benavides, Walkner and Sam Sunderland. Pablo Quintanilla was also not left out, the Chilean who managed to resume the first hundred kilometers, completed the 45 seconds that separated him from the general of the Frenchman Adrien van Beveren.

Leaving for Benavides

The first corner of this tenth stage took place shortly afterwards when the defending champion, Benavides, had to dismount at kilometer 133 due to a mechanical problem. The Argentine, fifth overall for the stage and more than ten minutes behind, couldn’t afford a single misstep if he wanted to keep his crown this year. The Salta native must therefore decide to have one of his competitors succeed him after his damage of the day, four pilots can still credibly claim the coronation this year.

The first is of course Van Beveren. The French driver still hasn’t won a single stage at this third edition of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia, but he is showing unwavering consistency. The pilot from Hazebrouck also testified this Wednesday by finishing the special in third place.

So the Northerner is capitalizing on where his main rivals fail: among them Walkner, who as we said got lost for the last tens of miles and finished the day’s event almost 16 minutes behind the winner, Australian Toby Price. But also Sam Sunderland, who started in a better position today and appeared to be able to take advantage of a job already ahead of him. The latter for his part paid out more than 11 minutes to the winner of the day at the finish.

Price finally holds onto his win

For Price, this tenth stage therefore sounds like revenge after his penalty during the fifth special, when the winner of the 2016 and 2019 editions was penalized for speeding and had to relinquish the victory to Danilo Petrucci. The KTM rider is ahead of Luciano Benavides (Kevin’s younger brother) at 2’09, and thus Van Beveren at 3’35.

He thus takes back the general’s orders, having already had them in his hands the day before yesterday before being temporarily expelled by Walkner. He is ahead of Sunderland at 5’59, and Pablo Quintanilla, the Chilean author of another very good performance today and who continues to battle for the title in third position, at 6’15.

Despite his blunder of the day, Walkner also remains in the game, the Austrian occupying fourth place at 8’24, a handful of seconds ahead of Joan Barreda, at 8’47. Thanks to his win of the day, Price climbs back to sixth but can hope for nothing more, being relegated to nearly 28 minutes from the lead.

Tomorrow, this 44th edition of the Dakar approaches its penultimate stage with a final loop around Bisha, before making its final return on Friday before the end of the race in Jeddah.

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Rankings and Photos Credit: Dakar.com

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