The Dakar competitors have finally reached a well-deserved rest day after a week of grueling action. We take this opportunity to give a run down of the top 10 riders in the Bike class, featured in all of their Dakar splendor.
1. #2 Honda: Paulo Goncalves
Goncalves would've likely been out of contention if Day 1 wasn't rained out - as he would've had no time to fix electrical issues on his Honda bike. But the issues were sorted and he now stands as the rider with the best shot at ending KTM's 15-year-old winning streak.
2. #3 KTM: Toby Price
Untouchable on some days, somewhat anonymous on others - despite this being just his second Dakar, Price is KTM's top hope. And KTM sure knows how to win Dakar.
3. #5 KTM: Stefan Svitko
KTM privateer Svitko is yet to win a stage - he hasn't really even come close - but he's been brutally consistent and looks a legitimate threat for honours in the overall standings.
4. #4 Husqvarna: Pablo Quintanilla
While his teammate Ruben Faria challenged for stage wins, Quintanilla had a slow start to Dakar 2016. However, they were virtually level by the time Faria broke his wrist - and Quintanilla has since shown there is plenty of pace in the bike still.
5. #47 Honda: Kevin Benavides
The revelation of Dakar 2016's bike category, debutant Benavides has proclaimed he means business by winning Stage 3 - and has since been there or thereabout on most days.
6. #49 KTM: Antoine Meo
Another Dakar debutant, Meo ended the first proper-length stage in 18th but has since rapidly risen up the timesheets. The four-time enduro champion even topped Stage 7 and is looking in great shape for the second week.
7. #7 Yamaha: Helder Rodrigues
Rodrigues and his Yamaha have had a somewhat slow start to Dakar 2016, especially compared to his former team Honda. But the Portuguese rider persevered through the first week and moved himself into contention by the latter days.
8. #23 KTM: Gerard Farres
Another KTM privateer in the top 10, Farres hasn't had any real standout stages, but hasn't lost a lot of time on any particular day either. His personal best at Dakar is seventh and, with some luck, that should be beatable.
9. Alain Duclos, Sherco
Duclos was an impressive third on the first full-length stage of the event, but it has all been downhill since then. Still, he is just half an hour off the lead despite a couple of rather tough days.