No more major surprises today.

As expected, the second to last competition day of this year's Dakar Rally brought no more major surprises and there weren't any changes in the standings of the top drivers on the fast, 225 kilometre special either.

X-raid driver José Luis Monterde came in 13th in his BMW X5 today and will start the last stage of the 27th edition of the world's toughest rally tomorrow in a secured 9th position in the overall standings. On the agenda is a loop consisting of a 37 kilometre liaison followed by the last, 31 kilometre short, special leading along the beach and finally ending at the "finish of dreams", Lac Rose.

Thousands of thrilled onlookers are expected on the final day of the Dakar to frenetically cheer on the participants.