Dakar Quads, Stage 2: Casale dominates, Yamahas lock out top 11

Chilean rider Ignacio Casale bossed the second stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally, securing an overall lead of four minutes.

The 2014 Dakar quad champion, who led the Prorogue by five seconds, was the pacesetter on each Monday waypoint but the first, where he trailed Peruvian Enrique Umbert Okumura.

As the latter dropped off, Casale edged further and further ahead, comfortably controlling the remainder of the stage.

While a number of other pre-race favorites battled for the runner-up spot, it actually went to South Africa's Brian Baragwanath, contesting his second Dakar after an early retirement in 2015.

Alejandro Patronelli slipped behind Baragwanath in the final stretch to take third, having trailed brother Marcos as well as Lucas Bonetto early on, only for both of them to lose ground. Marcos took fifth behind rookie Marcelo Medeiros, while Bonetto lost more than 10 minutes after the third waypoint and ended up 14th.

Reigning winner Rafal Sonik and runner-up Jeremias Gonzalez took sixth and seventh in a top 11 entirely locked out by Yamaha quads.

Bolivia's Walter Nosiglia was the best of the Hondas in 12th, while Can-Am's top rider Daniel Mazzucco took 21st.

Standings after Stage 2:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 251

Ignacio Casale

Yamaha

4h18m01s
274

Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

4m00s
3 253

 Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

4m06s
4 292

 Marcelo Medeiros

Yamaha

4m23s
252

 Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

6m37s
6 250

 Rafal Sonik

Yamaha

6m58s
7 254

Jeremias Gonzalez 

Yamaha

7m41s
8 268

Giuliano Giordana

Yamaha

9m46s
9 265

 Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

10m10s
10 272  Pablo Copetti

Yamaha

10m22s

 

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 2: Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Río Hondo
Drivers Ignacio Casale
Article type Stage report
Tags quad