Driving a safe final stage that placed him 12th across the line, Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed his third Dakar Rally victory on Thursday. Toby Price claimed his second Dakar win in motorcycles after winning the final stage.
Al-Attiyah could afford to play it safe since he entered the stage with a 51-minute advantage over the field. Price barely had a minute to spare and was forced to push hard through the short 112-kilometer course.
Price’s victory was all the more dramatic in light of his riding the entire rally with a pin in his wrist from a broken scaphoid bone.
In the Quads class, Nicolas Cavigliasso showed his dominance by winning nine of the 10 stages.
Here are some of the other highlights:
In the cars class, Last year’s overall class winner, Carlos Sainz finally earned a stage win, but it was too little, too late. … Sebastien Loeb challenged for the class win throughout the stage and finished less than one minute back. … Cyril Despres rounded out the top three. … Nani Roma finished sixth, four minutes behind the leader, but less than five minutes ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Class Leaders: Al-Attiyah won his third Dakar by a margin of 46:42 over Roma and one hour, 54:18 over Loeb.
In motorcycles, Toby Price saved the best for last. He won his first stage of the rally and secured the class win. … His victory came with a margin of 2:21 over Jose Florima. … Matthias Walkner enter entered the stage with an opportunity to take the overall lead. His third-place finish was not bad, but it came with his principal rival finishing first. … Pablo Quintanilla took a fall early in the stage and injured his foot. Riding hurt, he finished the stage 22nd – nearly 20 minutes off the pace. … American Andrew Short finished seventh for his eighth top 10 of the rally.
Class Leaders: Price ended the rally with the biggest advantage of the year. He beat Walkner by 9:13. Sam Sunderland finished third, 13:34 behind the leader.
In side by sides, Reinaldo Varela won his second consecutive stage and third overall. … He had a comfortable margin of 3:39 over Cristian Baumgart and 6:10 over Francisco Lopez Contardo.
Class Leaders: Contardo’s third-place finish in the stage was more than enough to secure the class victory over Gerard Farres Guell, who finished one hour, 2:35. Varela finished one hour, 5:19 behind in third.
In quads, In a show of utter dominance, Nicolas Cavigliasso won his ninth stage of the year. … Alexandre Giroud stood on the podium for the fourth time this year. While he didn’t win a stage, he never finished worse than sixth. … Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli rounded out the top three.
Class Leaders: Cavigliasso won by an advantage of one hour, 55:37 over Ferioli and two hours, 11:38 over Gustavo Gallego
In trucks, Ton Van Genugton rebounded from a poor Stage 9 in which he finished 12th to win his second stage of the rally. … Ales Loprais scored his first podium of the rally; his previous best finish was fourth in Stage 9. … Dmitry Sotnikov stood on the final rung of the podium.
Class Leaders: Eduard Nikolaev finished sixth in the stage, but won with an advantage of 25:36 over Sotnikov and one hour, 34:44 over Gerard de Rooy
Sam Sunderland  (Stage 5 and 7), Matthias Walkner  (Stage 2 and 8), Joan Barreda  (Stage 1), Xavier de Soultrait  (Stage 3), Ricky Brabec  (Stage 4), Pablo Quintanilla  (Stage 6), Michael Metge  (Stage 9) and Toby Price  (Stage 10)
Nicolas Cavigliasso  (Stage 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) and Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli  (Stage 3)
Sebastien Loeb  (Stage 2, 5, 6 and 8), Nasser Al-Attiyah  (Stage 1, 4 and 9), Stephane Peterhansel  (Stage 3 and 7) and  Carlos Sainz
Francisco Lopez Contardo  (Stage 2, 6, 7 and 8), Reinaldo Varela  (Stage 1, 9 and 10), Gerard Farres Guell  (Stage 3), Sergei Kariakin  (Stage 4) and Rodrigo Piazzoli  (Stage 5)
Eduard Nikolaev  (Stage 1, 2, and 9), Andrey Karginov  (Stage 3 and 4), Ton Van Genugton  (Stage 5 and 10), Dmitry Sotnikov  (Stage 6 and 8), and Gerard de Rooy  (Stage 7)
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