Dakar Bikes, Stage 10: Svitko bags maiden win, Price still leads

Stefan Svitko took his first ever Dakar Rally win on a shortened Wednesday stage, edging closer to overall leader Toby Price in the process.

Thunderstorms towards the end of the stage resulted in the Belen-La Rioja test being cut from 278 to 244 kilometres, as Svitko led through the first waypoint and went unchallenged thereafter.

The Slovakan sealed his maiden Dakar stage win by 2m54s from Honda rider Kevin Benavides, with Price coming home third, almost six minutes down.

Svitko therefore closes the gap to fellow KTM rider Price, the gap between the two now standing at 23m12s with three stages remaining.

Honda's top man Goncalves, whose hopes of finishing the rally were revived by Tuesday's stage being shortened, remains third overall after finishing fourth on the day, now 34 minutes adrift of Price.

Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) and Antoine Meo (KTM) make up the top five, ahead of Benavides and Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), the last rider within an hour of the lead.

American rider Ricky Brabec moves up to eighth at the expense of KTM privateer Gerard Farres.

UPDATE: Goncalves was later awarded a penalty of 39m56s, dropping him from third overall to eighth, an hour and 14 minutes behind Price. This was to account for the time the Portuguese rider had spent stationary trying to repair his radiator on Stage 9, for which he had been given a nominal time.

Standings after Stage 10:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 3

 Toby Price

KTM

34h49m04s
2 5

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

23m12s
3 4

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

42m49s
4 49

 Antoine Meo

KTM

44m04s
5 47

 Kevin Benavides

Honda

45m10s
6 7

 Helder Rodrigues

Yamaha

56m17s
7 48

Ricky Brabec

Honda 1h12m08s
8 2  Paulo Goncalves Honda 1h14m45s
9 23  Gerard Farres KTM 1h15m09s
10 42 Adrian van Beveren Yamaha 1h21m55s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 10: Belen - La Rioja
Drivers Stefan Svitko , Toby Price
Article type Stage report
Tags bike