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Dakar 2017: Peterhansel, Sunderland close on wins after Day 11

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Although Paulo Goncalves (bikes) and Sebastien Loeb (cars) took wins in the penultimate stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, San Juan to Rio Cuarto, it’s Sam Sunderland (bikes) and Stephane Peterhansel (cars) who are poised to take the overall victory in this year’s Dakar in those two classes.

Coverage from today’s stage will air on Saturday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET, with final stage coverage on Sunday, January 15 at midnight ET.

Quick recaps from today are below.

In cars, Loeb won once more, his fifth stage win of this year’s Dakar. But the Frenchman lies more than five minutes behind Peugeot teammate Peterhansel, with Peterhansel one day away from his 13th Dakar victory on Friday, January 13.

Loeb edged Peterhansel today by just 18 seconds, and trails Peterhansel by more than five minutes ahead of the final stage.

Bikes saw Goncalves back on top, with Sunderland (KTM) continuing his methodical run with his lead consolidated at more than 30 minutes overall over Matthias Walkner. Joan Barreda and Adrien Van Beveren were second and third today.

Sergey Karyakin won quads and trucks will be added in later.



Stage 10
Stage nine (cancelled due to weather) and (VIDEO)
Stage eightย (VIDEOS)
Rest day VIDEOS
Stage seven
Stage six (cancelled due to weather)
Stage five (shortened due to weather)
Stage four and (VIDEOS)
Stage threeย and (VIDEOS)
Stage twoย and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.