Dakar Bike, top 10 in photos

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

1. #2 Honda: Paulo Goncalves
1/10

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.

Photo by: Honda

2. #3 KTM: Toby Price

2. #3 KTM: Toby Price
2/10

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

3. #5 KTM: Stefan Svitko
3/10

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.

Photo by: A.S.O.

4. #4 Husqvarna: Pablo Quintanilla

4. #4 Husqvarna: Pablo Quintanilla
4/10

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.

Photo by: Husqvarna

5. #47 Honda: Kevin Benavides

5. #47 Honda: Kevin Benavides
5/10

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.

Photo by: A.S.O.

6. #49 KTM: Antoine Meo

6. #49 KTM: Antoine Meo
6/10

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.

Photo by: A.S.O.

7. #7 Yamaha: Helder Rodrigues

7. #7 Yamaha: Helder Rodrigues
7/10

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

8. #23 KTM: Gerard Farres
8/10

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.

Photo by: A.S.O.

9. Alain Duclos, Sherco

9. Alain Duclos, Sherco
9/10

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.

Photo by: A.S.O.

10. #17 Sherco: Juan Pedrero

10. #17 Sherco: Juan Pedrero
10/10

Duclos' results have been more standout, but Pedrero has certainly been a match for his teammate more often that not - and is only a minute behind.

Photo by: A.S.O.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Alain Duclos , Paulo Goncalves , Helder Rodrigues , Stefan Svitko , Joan Pedrero , Gerard Farres , Toby Price , Antoine Meo , Kevin Benavides
Article type Top List