PARIS, January 9, 1997 - Top ten placings in today's 404-km sixth stage of the Dakar-Agades-Dakar rally from Gao to Menaka: Cars: Stage placings 1. Kenjiro Shinozuka JPN Mitsubishi 3:14:35 2. Jean-Pierre Fontenay FRA Mitsubishi + 1:48 3. Bruno Saby FRA Mitsubishi + 4:25 4. Jutta Kleinschmidt GER Buggy + 17:11 5. Hiroshi Masuoka JPN Mitsubishi + 19:28 6. Pornsawan Siriwatanakun THA Mitsubishi + 31:33 7. Maurizio Traglio ITA Nissan + 33:06 8. Salavador Servia ESP Nissan + 33:07 9. Dominique Housieaux FRA Nissan + 34:05 10. Samuele Landi ITA ATS + 34:38 Overall placings 1. Shinozuka 27:12:56 2. Fontenay + 2:30 3. Saby + 4:16 4. Masuoka + 1:25:23 5. Servia + 2:53:52 6. Traglio + 3:31:22 7. Kleinschmidt + 3:38:52 8. Strugo + 3:43:53 9. Siriwatanakun + 4:23:53 10. Landi + 4:39:43 Motorcycles Stage placings 1. Stephane Peterhansel FRA Yamaha 3:29:53 2. Thierry Magnaldi FRA KTM +2:01 3. Jordi Arcarons ESP KTM + 4:59 4 equal. Jimmy Lewis U.S. KTM + 7:28 4 equal. Oscar Gallardo ESP Cagiva + 7:28 6. David Castera FRA Yamaha + 10:25 7. Joan Roma ESP KTM + 15:48 8. Andre de Azevedo BRA KTM + 17:12 9. Fernando Gil ESP KTM + 19:31 10. Dirk von Sitzewitz AUT KTM + 20:09 Overall placings 1. Peterhansel FRA Yamaha 28:19:51 2. Arcarons ESP KTM + 1:15:29 3. Gallardo ESP Cagiva + 2:06:13 4. Lewis U.S. KTM + 2:15:24 5. Castera FRA Yamaha + 2:19:28 6. Dirk von Zitzewitz AUT KTM + 2:53:20 7. Guido Maletti ITA Kawasaki + 3:34:35 8. Juergen Mayer GER KTM + 3:49:30 9. Fernando Gil ESP KTM + 4:04:50 10. Norbert Schilcher GER KTM + 4:07:13 -30-

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