Dakar Bikes, Stage 5: Price fastest, Goncalves holds the lead

KTM rider Toby Price surged up the 2016 Dakar Rally leaderboard with his second stage win on Thursday, as Honda's Paulo Goncalves held the overall lead.

After a relatively subdued two days since his Stage 2 victory, Price rebounded in style to lead through every waypoint of the 327km stage, which took the competitors across the Bolivian border to Uyuni.

The Australian ended the day 2m21s clear of Red Bull factory teammate Antoine Meo, with KTM privateer Stefan Svitko making it a clean sweep of the podium for the Austrian marque in third, just two seconds shy of Meo.

As a result, Price jumps from seventh to third in the general classification, 1m47s behind Goncalves - who a finished distant 12th on the stage - and a scant two seconds behind Svitko.

Honda's Joan Barreda was the best non-KTM rider of the day, losing almost six minutes to Price, and slips one place in the overall standings to fourth, albeit just 2m27s back from teammate Goncalves.

Another factory KTM rider in the form of Matthias Walkner completes the top five, having finished the day fourth, ahead of Kevin Benavides, who drops to sixth after failing to trouble the top 10 during Thursday's stage.

Dakar rookie and former enduro world champion Meo moves up two places to seventh ahead of factory Husqvarna duo Ruben Faria and Pablo Quintanilla, while Alain Duclos (Sherco) continues to hang on to 10th overall.

Laia Sanz meanwhile had her time given back to her after stopping to help stricken competitor Pela Renet on Wednesday, and now sits 18th.

Standings after Stage 5:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 2

 Paulo Goncalves

Honda

14h30m07s
2 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

1m45s
3 3

 Toby Price

KTM

1m47s
4 6

 Joan Barreda

Honda

2m27s
5 14

 Matthias Walkner

KTM

2m57s
6 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

6m46s
7 49

 Antoine Meo

KTM

6m49s
8 8

 Ruben Faria

Husqvarna 8m13s
9 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

8m30s
10 20

 Alain Duclos

Sherco

13m39s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 5: Jujuy - Uyuni
Drivers Paulo Goncalves , Joan Barreda , Toby Price
Article type Stage report
Tags bike