Dakar Prologue Highlights: Ricky Brabec, Nasser Al-Attiyah set the mark

2021 Dakar Prologue Brabec
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The starting lineup has been determined for the 2021 Dakar Rally after the prologue stage as Ricky Brabec and Nasser Al-Attiyah set the mark.

Here are some of Saturday’s highlights:

In the cars class, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Brian Baragwanath posted identical times of 5:48. Al-Attiyah was credited with the stage win – the 36th of his career. He will open the 172-mile special stage. “Things get serious tomorrow with a long opening stage,” the Qatari driver said afterward.

Baragwanath is in his first rally after watching from the sidelines for the past five years.

They narrowly bettered the time of the Saudi national Yazeed Al Rajhi, who took a measured approach to the day. “Everything went well,” Al Rajhi said. “We didn’t throw caution to the wind because we needed to avoid getting into trouble. It’s just a prologue, but we ended up quite high.”

With such small margins in the prologue stage, Stephane Peterhansel lost 19 seconds to Al-Attiyah, but was not in the least discouraged. “Just being able to start the race is a huge reason to be pleased,” he said. “It feels great to get going after several days twiddling our thumbs. This was just a short warm-up, but it’s good to get the show on the road.”

Overall: Al-Attiyah and Baragwanath holds an advantage of 00:08 seconds over Al Rajhi.

In bikes, Ricky Brabec got his title defense off to a strong start by winning the prologue stage with a time of 6:01.

Daniel Sanders made the most of his first foray in the Dakar with a solid podium finish. He was 7 seconds behind Brabec in third and 7 seconds behind second-place Joan Barreda Bort.

Overall: Ricky Brabec holds an advantage of 00:06 over Joad Barreda Bort.

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In lightweight prototypes, Kris Meeke finished only two seconds ahead of Californian Seth Quintero.

Age won over youth in the prologue stage. Britain’s Meeke, 41, has more than two decades of experience over Quintero, 18.

American Mitchell Guthrie, Quintero’s Red Bull teammate, was 10 seconds behind the leader in third.

Overall: Kris Meeke holds an advantage of 00:02 over Seth Quintero.


In SSV, American Austin Jones beat Reinaldo Varela by only 4 seconds.

Saleh Alsaif was one second behind Varela in third.

Overall: Austin Jones holds an advantage of 00:04 over Reinaldo Varela.

In quads, Alexandre Giroud took the early lead by only one second over Manuel Andujar.

In the tightly contested division, Kamil Wisniewski was 4 seconds behind the leader.

Overall: Alexandre Giroud holds an advantage of 00:01 over Manuel Andujar.

In trucks, Siarhei Viazovich beat Aliaksei Vishneuski by one second.

Martin Macik was right on their back bumper with a deficit of three seconds.

Overall: Siarhei Viazovich holds an advantage of 00:01 over Aliaksei Vishneuski.


Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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