Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Price fastest, Walkner cruises

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Dakar 2018, Stage 11: Price fastest, Walkner cruises
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jan 17, 2018, 5:12 PM

Toby Price picked up his first stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as overall leader Matthias Walkner nursed his advantage at the head of the standings.

#8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM: Toby Price
#8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM: Toby Price
#8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM: Toby Price
#8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM: Toby Price
#8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM: Toby Price

KTM rider Price led at every waypoint of the 280km Belen-Fiambala stage, and ended up 1m38s clear of nearest rival Kevin Benavides (Honda) at the finish to grab the eighth stage win of his Dakar career.

The 2016 champion moves up to third in the general classification as a result, following the retirement of Joan Barreda, who had been Walkner's closest challenger at the start of the day.

After inheriting a healthy 39-minute lead on Tuesday, Walkner was only fifth-fastest on Wednesday, giving away 11 minutes to KTM teammate Price.

It means his advantage is down to exactly 32 minutes over Benavides with three stages remaining, while Price trails by 39m17s.

KTM privateer Gerard Farres remains fourth, while Antoine Meo makes it four representatives of the Austrian marque in the top five.

Further down the order, Johnny Aubert (Gas Gas) has leapt from 10th to seventh, one place behind Ricky Brabec (Honda), helped by another KTM rider, Stefan Svitko, being forced to retire.

Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) is back up to eighth, recovering from the incident that knocked him down the order on Sunday.

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Back-to-back stage wins for Cavigliasso

Quad class rookie Nicolas Cavigliasso added a third stage win to his name in the 2018 Dakar, leading at every waypoint en route to the finish.

Runaway leader Ignacio Casale finished the day 15 minutes off Cavigliasso's pace.

The stage win allowed Cavigliasso to overtake compatriot Jeremias Gonzalez for second in the general classification, but he remains over an hour and a half behind Casale with three stages left to run.

Standings after Stage 10 (bikes):

Pos. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1  Matthias Walkner KTM 36h33m37s
2  Kevin Benavides Honda 32m00s
3  Toby Price KTM 39m17s
4  Gerard Farres KTM 49m17s
5  Antoine Meo KTM 59m05s
6  Ricky Brabec Honda 1h18m10s
7  Johnny Aubert Gas Gas 1h49m34s
8  Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna 1h53m19s
9  Juan Ignacio Cornejo Honda 2h05m57s
10  Oriol Mena Hero 2h13m07s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Drivers Toby Price
Author Jamie Klein
Article type Stage report