Dakar Bikes, Stage 12: Rodrigues scores first Yamaha win, Price maintains lead

Helder Rodrigues took Yamaha's first stage victory of the 2016 Dakar Rally as runaway leader Toby Price edged ever closer to winning the event.

After all 11 stages were topped by either KTM or Honda, Rodrigues dominated the 481km timed run from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz.

The Portuguese rider took over out front at around midway, the stage having been previously headed by Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla, only for the Chilean to drop off significantly in the second half of the run.

With Quintanilla out of the picture, it was Price who finished as closest rival to Rodrigues, albeit the Aussie was seven and a half minutes off at the finish line.

Price, coasting towards a maiden Dakar triumph, was supported by teammate Antoine Meo throughout the stage - with the Frenchman settling in right behind the Aussie at the start.

However, Meo, having entered the day in third place, was stopped for more than 10 minutes after WP10, costing him precious time in the general classification fight.

The Honda contingent in the stage was headed by Kevin Benavides, who took third place, followed by Price's nearest rival Stefan Svitko (KTM) and Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha).

The 2016 Dakar concludes on Saturday with a timed run of 180 kilometres as three drivers enter the final stage within four minutes of third place.

Standings after Stage 12:



1 3

 Toby Price


2 5

 Stefan Svitko


3 4

 Pablo Quintanilla


4 7

Helder Rodrigues


5 47

 Kevin Benavides


6 49

Antoine Meo


7 42

Adrien van Beveren

Yamaha 1h36m42s
8 23  Gerard Farres KTM 1h54m30s
9 48

Ricky Brabec

Honda 2h03m06s
10 45 Armand Monleon Honda 3h19m13s


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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 12: San Juan - Villa Carlos Paz
Drivers Helder Rodrigues
Article type Stage report
Tags bike