This could mean a happy ending for the Innviertel-based motorcycle manufacturer after numerous setbacks. The Briton is 4:12 minutes behind leading Honda driver Kevin Benavides (Argentina). Defending champion Ricky Brabec (USA / Honda), who is third 7:13 minutes behind, still has a chance of victory. Today’s final stage to Jeddah has a 225-kilometer special stage.
Matthias Walkner from Salzburg came in fifth yesterday and, as twelfth in the overall standings, no longer plays a major role in the battle for overall victory between Honda and KTM. However, he could help his KTM team-mate Sunderland on the final stage. “We now have to act as a team and stick together,” said Walkner. Sunderland’s handicap: As a stage winner, he has to start first today. The Englishman, who won the Dakar Rally in 2017, cannot allow himself to make any major mistakes in the difficult navigation this year.
Peterhansel before 14th victory
In the cars category, Stephane Peterhansel (mini buggy) has his 14th Dakar victory in mind. He ran six of them on the motorcycle. The Frenchman, in whose emergency vehicle a diesel engine from the BMW factory in Steyr sets the pace, is leading by 15 minutes ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qat / Toyota) before the final.
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