Dakar Bikes, Stage 9: Goncalves woes give Price commanding lead

Toby Price stretched his Dakar Rally lead to almost 25 minutes in a shortened marathon stage, as closest rival Paulo Goncalves ground to a halt with mechanical problems.

The Portuguese rider, who lost the lead on Monday after suffering a crash from which he emerged unscathed, stopped at the second waypoint with radiator problems, effectively ending his challenge for victory.

His demise gives KTM factory rider Price, who sealed a fifth stage win of the event with a dominant performance on a stage that was cut short due to high temperatures, a healthy advantage overall.

The Australian beat Kevin Benavides (Honda) by 7m10s on the day at the fourth waypoint, where the results were declared, and now has 24m47s in hand over Stefan Svitko (KTM), who finished the stage third, 10 minutes down.

Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla claimed fourth for the day, and moves up to third overall as a result of Goncalves' exit - 32m down on the lead, and less than a minute clear of Benavides.

Price's teammate Antoine Meo moves up to fifth, ahead of Yamaha factory rider Helder Rodrigues, KTM privateer Gerard Farres and lead works Honda rider Ricky Brabec, who jumps from 11th to eighth.

Yamaha now has three bikes in the top 10 following a shuffle lower down the order, with Adrian van Beveren and Alessandro Botturi benefitting from Sherco pair Joan Pedrero and Alain Duclos both losing ground.

UPDATE: Goncalves was later awarded a nominal time after the decision to shorten the stage, putting him third overall and 34 minutes behind Price.

Standings after Stage 9:



1 3

 Toby Price


2 5

 Stefan Svitko


3 2

 Paulo Goncalves


4 4

 Pablo Quintanilla


5 49

 Antoine Meo


6 47

 Kevin Benavides


7 7

 Helder Rodrigues


8 23

 Gerard Farres

KTM 54m10s
9 48 Ricky Brabec Honda 1h04m08s
10 42 Adrian van Beveren Yamaha 1h09m41s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 9: Belen - Belen
Drivers Paulo Goncalves , Toby Price
Article type Stage report
Tags bike