Dakar Bikes, Stage 8: Price grabs overall lead with fourth stage win

KTM factory rider Toby Price took over from Paulo Goncalves atop the Dakar Rally bikes leaderboard with his fourth stage win of the event on Monday.

Having been just over three minutes behind Goncalves at the rest day, Price surged into the lead at the sixth waypoint of Stage 8 and steadily increased his cushion during the remainder of the 393km Salta-Belen test.

The Australian completed the day 5m17s clear of Goncalves, giving him his fifth career Dakar stage win and a lead of 2m05s over the Honda rider overall.

Kevin Benavides (Honda) led at the halfway point of the stage before being overhauled by Price, going on to finish eight minutes down in third, while Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) and Stefan Svitko (KTM) made up the top five for the day.

The Slovakian rider still holds third overall, albeit 14 minutes behind Price, ahead of Quintanilla, Benavides and Stage 7 winner Antoine Meo (KTM).

Lead Yamaha rider Helder Rodrigues, sixth on the day, KTM privateer Gerard Farres and Sherco duo Joan Pedrero and Alain Duclos - who swapped places as the latter suffered a difficult stage - complete the top 10.

Standings after Stage 8:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 3

 Toby Price

KTM

27h28m56s
2 2

 Paulo Goncalves

Honda

2m05s
3 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

14m14s
4 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

21m26s 
5 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

25m55s
6 49

 Antoine Meo

KTM

28m44s
7 7

 Helder Rodrigues

Yamaha

30m51s
8 23

 Gerard Farres

KTM 37m32s
9 17

 Joan Pedrero

Sherco

39m41s
10 20

 Alain Duclos

Sherco

49m41s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 8: Salta - Belen
Drivers Paulo Goncalves , Toby Price
Article type Stage report
Tags bike