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2019 Dakar Rally convoy regroups on Rest Day before sandy second week

Dakar convoy regroups on Rest Day before sandy second week

(clockwise) Nasser Al-Attiyah, Sam Sunderland, Eduard Nikolaev and Chaleco Lopez © Marcelo Maragni/Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Saturday, January 12
Arequipa, Peru

After five sensational stages in the sands of Peru the 2019 Dakar Rally has reached the midway point. Today’s Rest Day was a chance for competitors to take stock of the rally so far and prepare themselves for the challenges that still lie ahead. The bivouac in Arequipa was a hive of activity from dawn until dusk as race vehicles were tuned up for the route back to Lima.

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) has built up a lead of 25 minutes in the car race as he chases down his third Dakar win. Al-Attiyah has collected two stage wins in his Toyota Hilux alongside co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FRA) in the first week of the rally. Nasser also has the support of fellow Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) who has vowed to help his team-mate however he can.

“It’s great to be leading the Dakar at the halfway mark, but there’s still a long way to go.” – Nasser Al-Attiyah

Al-Attiyah’s nearest rival is 13-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA). The Frenchman is set to pounce on any opportunities that come up in the remaining five stages.

“In this first week I’ve seen fesh-fesh like I’ve never seen before. Soft powdery sand that is one metre deep!” – Stéphane Peterhansel

Peterhansel’s fellow MINI John Cooper Works Buggy drivers Cyril Despres (FRA) and Carlos Sainz (ESP) saw their own chances of victory fade in the first week. Both are determined to help Peterhansel in his quest for a 14th Dakar win.

“It’s been a tough first week, but I’m still here. I’m committed to the race and to my team.” – Carlos Sainz

Chasing down both Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel are Kuba Przygonski (POL) and Sébastien Loeb (FRA). 2018 Cross Country Rally World Cup winner Przygonski is fourth overall, one place in front of nine-time WRC winner Loeb.

“We want to push hard after the rest day. Let’s see what we can achieve.” – Kuba Przygonski

The latest episode of Dakar Daily covers all the happenings in the Rest Day bivouac and recaps the rally so far, watch it on Red Bull TV right now.

Giniel de Villiers

Giniel de Villiers © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Stéphane Peterhansel

Stéphane Peterhansel © Antonin Vincent/DPPI/Red Bull Content Pool

Cyril Despres

Cyril Despres © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Kuba Przygonski

Kuba Przygonski © Kin Marcin/Red Bull Content Pool

Sébastien Loeb

Sébastien Loeb © Antonin Vincent/DPPI/Red Bull Content Pool

Watch a recap of the first five stages of the 2019 Dakar Rally right here

The Red Bull KTM Factory Team have reached the Rest Day with three riders still in with a shot of winning the bike race. Sam Sunderland (GBR), Toby Price (AUS) and Matthias Walkner (AUT) are within touching distance of the overall lead and all know what it takes to the win the Dakar.

“We have to try and manage each day the best we can, stay consistent and avoid big mistakes.” – Sam Sunderland

Also coming on strong in the latter part of the Dakar’s first week have been the KTM Factory riders Luciano Benavides (ARG) and Laia Sanz (ESP). Sanz is on course to be the best placed female biker at the Dakar once again.

“It’s been a difficult Dakar to enjoy because the stages have been very dangerous with lots of fesh-fesh.” – Laia Sanz

Closing in on their pre-race targets are Stefan Svitko (SLO), Daniel Nosiglia (BOL), Anastasiya Nifontova (RUS) and Mohammed Balooshi (ARE).

“I’m in the Original by Motul class so I’m doing everything by myself, all the work on the bike. Three days ago I slept just three hours because I was preparing the bike for the marathon stage.”– Anastasiya Nifontova

Unfortunately the Dakar has ended prematurely for a pair of Red Bull Desert Wings bikers. Walter Nosiglia (BOL) and CS Santosh (IND) are down but not out and are already planning a trip back to Dakar next year.

“Happy to let everybody know that I’m going to make a full recovery soon. Other than a bad headache and a really sore back I’m doing well.” – CS Santosh

Toby Price

Toby Price © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Matthias Walkner

Matthias Walkner © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Luciano Benavides

Luciano Benavides © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Stefan Svitko

Stefan Svitko © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Nosiglia

Daniel Nosiglia © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

CS Santosh

CS Santosh © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Mohammed Balooshi

Mohammed Balooshi © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Anastasiya Nifontova

Anastasiya Nifontova © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

In the truck race it’s hard to see anybody stopping Team Kamaz Master from picking up another Dakar win. Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) currently leads the contest and his team-mate Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS) is in second place. The gap back to the next trucker is nearly two hours after five stages in Peru.

“My crew, the mechanic and co-pilot, have completed their tasks perfectly.” – Eduard Nikolaev

In the side-by-side/UTV class it has been a tough first week for Chaleco Lopez (CHI) in his Can-Am and also Ignacio Casale (CHI) in his Yamaha machine. Lopez led the category after three stages, but now finds himself in fifth overall. Meanwhile Casale is knocking on the door of the Top 10 as he sits in 11th place in the general classifications.

“We are fifth and we intend to advance as much as possible.” – Chaleco Lopez

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Dmitry Sotnikov

Dmitry Sotnikov © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Eduard Nikolaev

Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Ignacio Casale

Ignacio Casale © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Selected Results

2019 Dakar Rally Car Race (after five stages of 10)

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA)   Toyota   17h19m53s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/David Castera (FRA)   Mini Buggy   +24m42s

3. Nani Roma (ESP)/Alex Haro Bravo (ESP)   Mini Rally   +34m33s
4. Kuba Przygonski (POL)/Tom Colsoul (BEL)   Mini Rally   +38m12s
5. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MON)   Peugeot   +40m00s
6. Cyril Despres (FRA)/ Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA)   Mini Buggy   +01h12m47s
19. Carlos Sainz (ESP)/ Lucas Cruz (ESP)   Mini Buggy   +05h 13m22s
23. Giniel De Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (DEU)   Toyota   + 06h26m48s

2019 Dakar Rally Bike Race (after five stages of 10)

1. Ricky Brabec (USA)   Honda   16h51m34s
2. Sam Sunderland (GBR)   KTM   +59s
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI)   Husqvarna   +02m52s
4. Toby Price (AUS)   KTM    +03m21s
5. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA)   Yamaha   +06m36s
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT)   KTM   +09m17s
9. Stefan Svitko (SVK)   KTM   +26m28s
13. Luciano Benavides (ARG)   KTM   +48m42s
15. Daniel Nosiglia (BOL)   Honda   +01h16m48s
19. Laia Sanz (ESP)   KTM   +01h37m50s
37. Mohammed Balooshi (ARE)   Husqvarna   +04h42m07s
87. Anastasiya Nifontova (RUS)   Husqvarna   +11h45m37s

2019 Dakar Rally Truck Race (after five stages of 10)

1. Eduard Nikolaev (RUS)   Kamaz   19h45m37s
2. Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS)   Kamaz   +11m54s

3. Gerard De Rooy (NDL)   Iveco   +01h58m49s
4. Ton Van Genugten (NDL)   Iveco   +02h15m23s
5. Ales Loprais (CZE)   Tatra   +02h54m01s
8. Ayrat Mardeev (RUS)   Kamaz   +03h30m46s

2019 Dakar Rally SxS/UTV Race (after five stages of 10)

1. Rodrigo Javier Moreno Piazzoli (CHI)   Can-Am   21h36m25s
2. Reinaldo Varela (BRA)   Can-Am   +01m42s
3. Gerard Farres Guell (ESP)   Can-Am   +14m08s
4. Sergei Kariakin (RUS)   BRP   +28m37s
5. Chaleco Lopez (CHI)   Can-Am   +01h29m31s
11. Ignacio Casale (CHI)   Yamaha   +02h35m53s

2019 Dakar Rally Quad Race (after five stages of 10)

1. Nicolas Cavigliasso (ARG)   Yamaha   20h57m30s
2. Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli (ARG)   Yamaha   +49m30s
3. Gustavo Gallego (ARG)   Yamaha   +01h05m26s
4. Alexandre Giroud (FRA)   Yamaha   +02h01m53s
5. Santiago Hansen (ARG)   Honda   +02h41m15s

Quotes

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “We had a very good marathon stage. The car was in perfect condition despite the distance we had to cover. we decided to moderate our pace somewhat on stage five. Even so, we are happy to have gone second-fastest on the day – and even happier to be leading the Dakar at the halfway mark.”

Giniel de Villiers: “We overtook a lot of competitors on our way back to Arequipa, which was needed in order to allow us to do our job now, which is to support Nasser and Mathieu in their quest to win the Dakar for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA.”

Stéphane Peterhansel: “The big positive from our first week is that we’re in second place. The negative is that I’ve already done too many mistakes. In this first week I’ve seen fesh-fesh like I’ve never seen before. Soft powdery sand that is one metre deep!”

Cyril Despres: “The car has performed well. The engine, the suspension has been good. There have been some small details which have made the race more complicated. It’s not been a week that I expected.”

Carlos Sainz: “It’s been a tough first week, but I’m still here. I’m committed to the race and to my team. If I can help Stéphane to win that would be great.”

Kuba Przygonski: “We are pleased to have been able to keep pace with the really big names. After all, I am the youngest here. Our MINI has been very good in the first week. We want to push hard after the rest day. Let’s see what we can achieve.”

Sébastien Loeb: “Taken as a whole it has been a good first week. In performance we were quite good. To win two special stages as a private team is cool. We haven’t done any big mistakes. No big technical problems. There was a small technical problem on one stage only. There was a roadbook error and that really gave a bad taste to what was otherwise a good first week for us. Tomorrow we open the road so we must respect the terrain, we’ll wait for our next chance to push.”

Sam Sunderland: “The stages, the navigation, the nature of the race so far have all been really difficult with all the dust, fesh-fesh and rocks. We still have a long way to go and I’m sure there’ll be even more chaos before we reach Lima. We have to try and manage each day the best we can, stay consistent and avoid big mistakes.”

Toby Price: “I’m so happy to make the rest day and give my injured wrist a day off. It’s been a good rally so far and we’re still well within the fight.”

Matthias Walkner: “The Dakar is only over when it’s over, so much can still happen. When you’re opening the piste after winning a stage. You need to ride so good to make sure you don’t lose too much time. Everything is still open and we have to give our best in the second week.”

Luciano Benavides: “We’re halfway now and the first part was all about looking for consistency rather than pushing too much. I was concentrating on not getting lost and keeping the body fit for what’s still to come. For the second part of the rally I think better results will come if I can keep doing the same.”

Stefan Svitko: “To be here at the rest day in ninth position is perfect for me. There are many fast riders here so to be in the Top 10 with them is great. I haven’t been falling off the bike too much, maybe two times I came off hard in the fesh-fesh. I think we have five very difficult stages to go.”

Laia Sanz: “In Dakar many things can happen. I was slow on the first two stages, but the last three days have been an improvement. It’s been a difficult Dakar to enjoy because the stages have been very dangerous with lots of fesh-fesh.”

Anastasiya Nifontova: “It was a challenging first week, but we expect that at the Dakar. Moreover I’m in the Original by Motul class so I’m doing everything by myself, all the work on the bike. Three days ago I slept just three hours because I was preparing the bike for the marathon stage. But now I’ve had a good rest and feel ready for the second part.”

Mohammed Balooshi: “I’m so happy to have made it to the rest day. I was hoping that there would’ve been more dunes in the first week. So far it has been mostly fesh-fesh and rocky terrain. My strategy for the second week is to finish day-by-day.”

CS Santosh: “Happy to let everybody know that I’m going to make a full recovery soon. Other than a bad headache and a really sore back I’m doing well. I definitely rode my best at this Dakar but I just couldn’t put it all together. I live to try another day.”

Eduard Nikolaev: “We have had difficult stages in this first week of the Dakar. Lots of dunes and lots of rocks. On stage five it was very hot and we were at high altitude all day. My crew, the mechanic and co-pilot, have completed their tasks perfectly.”

Chaleco Lopez: “We have a hard road ahead because we have an almost insurmountable difference to the leader, but in the Dakar it has been seen that nothing is impossible. All can be. And with that hope we will compete with my co-driver Álvaro (León). We are fifth and we intend to advance as much as possible.”

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