Dakar Rally, Stage 6: Toby Price retakes lead in bikes; Stephane Peterhansel first in cars


Two-time winner Toby Price retook the lead in bikes as the 2021 Dakar Rally reached its halfway point Friday after Stage 6 of 12.

Record seven-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel remained the overall leader in cars as defending champion Carlos Sainz won his second stage.

Price, who opened with a Stage 1 victory but fell more than 17 minutes behind after a 28th in the second stage, finished seventh in the sixth stage, which he said had “crazy” pace.

The Australian became the first repeat overall leader after a stage in bikes. Riders Joan Barreda, Skyler Howes, Xavier de Soultrait and Kevin Benavides had led after each of the previous four stages.

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“It’s been a mixed bag of everything really, so it’s been up and down everywhere,” said Price, who won Dakar in 2016 and ’19. “But all in all, we’re still in the fight. We’re still there in the race, so anything can happen. There’s a long way to go, and we’re looking forward to Week 2 already.”

Barreda won Stage 6 over Ross Branch and Daniel Sanders. Defending bikes champion Ricky Brabec finished fourth and improved to 13th overall, just under 20 minutes behind Price. “Not where we wanted to be, but we do have 6 days left, so let’s hope to stay focused,” Brabec posted on Instagram.

Howes, an American privateer, was ninth overall and trailed by just over 15 minutes after a 19th in the stage Friday. “I actually had a pretty decent day,” Howes posted. “The pace is so high this rally, it’s crazy. Everyone is racing like it’s the last day, so it’s hard work to keep pushing every inch.”

Friday’s sixth stage was delayed 90 minutes to be shortened by 100 km (62.13 miles) by rally organizers after feedback from the Stage 5 route.

Saturday will be a rest day for the 2021 Dakar Rally, which will resume Sunday with Stage 7 and more than 3,600 kilometers still remaining over the last six stages.

In other divisions Friday:

Cars: Sainz scored his first stage victory since the opener, but the three-time Dakar winner remained more than 40 minutes in third overall behind Peterhansel, who finished fourth in Stage 6.

With a third place Friday, Nasser Al-Attiyah cut Peterhanel’s lead to just under 6 minutes overall.

After running in the top 10 through the first five stages, champion rally legend Sebastien Loeb lost major time because of a broken rear suspension. He was forced to wait for a replacement without a spare on hand. “It happened on a portion with bumps,” Loeb said. “That’s the way it is when you push hard. But the race is over now.”

Side by sides/lightweight/light prototypes: Khalifa Al Attiyah won his first stage in side by sides this year. Rounding out the podium were Gerard Farres Guell and American Austin Jones, who trails Aron Domzala by 40 seconds in the overall.

American Seth Quintero won his fourth stage in the light prototype division and leads teammate Cristina Gutierrez Herrero by nearly 2 hours. Quintero also won the stage in lightweights, trailing by 8 minutes, 26 seconds in the overall for that class.

“Today went absolutely amazing,” Quintero, 18, said in a release. “We moved up one position in the general rankings and, instead of 28 minutes off the lead, we’re now only 8 minutes away. It feels amazing to be the youngest ever Dakar stage winner.”

Quads: Alexandre Giroud won his second stage, but third-place finisher Nicolas Cavigliasso maintained a comfortable lead of 33 minutes, 18 seconds over Manuel Andujar, who was fourth Friday.

Trucks: Leading a podium sweep for the Kamaz-Master team, Airat Mardeev scored his first victory of the 2021 Dakar Rally. Teammate Dmitry Sotnikov was second and held an overall lead of 37 minutes, 34 seconds.

STAGE 1 RESULTSCarlos Sainz, Toby Price open with victories

STAGE 2Ricky Brabec jumps to second; Andrew Short withdraws

STAGE 3American privateer Skyler Howes takes lead

STAGE 4Four Stages, four bike winners; Al-Attiyah wins three consecutive in cars

STAGE 5: Kevin Benavides new leader in bikes


Cars: Nasser Al-Attiyah 3 (Stages 2, 3, 4); Carlos Sainz 2 (Stage 1, 6); Giniel de Villiers (Stage 5)

Bikes: Joan Barreda 3 (Stage 2, 4, 6); Toby Price 2 (Stages 1, 3); Kevin Benavides (Stage 5)

Side-by-sides: Francisco Lopez Contardo 2 (Stage 3, 5); Austin Jones (Stage 1); Saleh Alsaif (Stage 2); Aron Domzala (Stage 4); Khalifa Al Attiyah (Stage 6)

Lightweight prototypes: Seth Quintero 4 (Stage 2, 3, 5, 6); Cristina Gutierrez Herrero (Stage 1); Kris Meeke (Stage 4)

Quads: Nicolas Cavigliasso 2 (Stage 3, 5); Alexandre Giroud 2 (Stage 1, 6); Pablo Copetti (Stage 2); Manuel Andujar (Stage 4)

Trucks: Dmitry Sotnikov 3 (Stage 1, 2, 4); Siarhei Viazovich (Stage 3); Andrey Karginov (Stage 5); Airat Mardeev (Stage 6)

Watch highlights from Stage 6 of the Dakar Rally on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET today.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Detroit


The focus of the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross round was on the mid-pack battle while Aaron Plessinger pulled away from the field, but when he crashed after hooking his foot in the dirt, the results once more looked like we’ve come to expect, with Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac sharing the podium for the fifth time in 10 rounds.

Supercross Results Detroit
Justin Barcia was part of an exciting, four-rider battle in the middle of Detroit’s A-Main. – Feld Motor Sports

For Sexton, Plessinger’s late-race crash was a vindication of sorts. Several times already this season, Sexton has crashed while battling for the lead and the points that has cost him keeps him sporting the red plate. He lost points in Detroit for a different reason, however.

Sexton was allowed to keep the win, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a red cross section of the course. As a result, he dropped four points to Webb and two to Tomac. Sexton is now 17 points behind Webb in the championship hunt.

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One week after snatching the red plate from Tomac for the first time in 2023, Webb stretched his advantage by two. With his second-place finish, Webb holds a three-point lead over Tomac, which essentially means both riders control their fate in the coming weeks. Webb continues to have a sweep of the top five this season with his sixth consecutive podium.

Coming off his worst finish of the season, Tomac rebounded to finish third. His eighth-place result last week was partially attributed to a stiff neck that hindered him in traffic and he still suffered some of those same effects in Detroit. Before Plessinger’s crash, he was destined to be the only rider in the three-man title scrum to finish off the podium in Detroit.

It is surprising what one position can do for one’s confidence.

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Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five of the season. He was part of the exciting four-man battle that dominated the middle stages of the race before Sexton and Webb gained a little separation. Finishing less than three seconds behind Tomac, he kept that rider honest for the entire race.

Coming off his first win of the season, Ken Roczen finished fifth. It was his seventh top-five of the season and it elevated him to fifth in the standings.

Plessinger’s fall took the wind from his sails. He attempted to right his bike after a hard crash, but as it smoked and pinged, he dropped to 13th in the final rundown.

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Hunter Lawrence tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 wins each after another dominating ride in the Detroit Supercross race and the results in the points continue to widen. With his fifth win in six rounds and a worst finish of third, Lawrence now has a 35-point advantage over Nate Thrasher with four rounds remaining. Finishes of 14th or better in the final four mains will give him his first 250 championship.

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Strong starts have been one of the keys to Hunter Lawrence’s success in 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett will have an opportunity to retake his wins’ lead as Supercross heads west for the next two rounds in Seattle and Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Thrasher earned his third second-place finish of the season with a gap of 7.6 seconds to Lawrence. He won the overall in Arlington earlier this season, but a 15th-place finish in the opening round in Houston and 10th in Daytona hurts his championship chances.

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Haiden Deegan scored his second podium and fourth top-five in six rounds of his young career. On his way to that finish, he rode aggressively against his teammate Jordon Smith in the heat race. Fans are getting a glimpse of what his on-track personality might be.

Jeremy Martin continues to be the model of consistency. He has not finished worse than sixth or better than fourth in six rounds now and that has allowed him to close to within two points of third in the 250 East championship standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chris Blose, who was pressed into service at the start of the season because of a rash of injuries at Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is Blose’s first top-five of the season, although he’s steadily improved over the past five rounds.

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Max Anstie entered the race weekend second in the points, but a hard crash in heavy traffic early in the main forced him to retire after two laps. Earning only one point for the round, he plummeted to fifth in the standings.

The news was worse for Smith, who was dropped out of the top nine in his heat after the altercation with Deegan and failed to advance through the LCQ. In the last chance race, he stalled his engine and had to mount a determined charge. He got only as high as seventh in that race after crashing while attempting to make a pass on fourth-place Jack Chambers.

2023 Results

Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s