Dakar Quads, Stage 5: Hernandez inherits lead as Casale falters

Peruvian rider Alexis Hernandez has moved into the lead of 2016 Dakar Rally's quad category as the dominant Ignacio Casale was stopped by an engine failure.

Casale was 11 minutes ahead of nearest rival Marcelo Medeiros and was set to further increase his advantage over the field after Medeiros fell early in Stage 5, breaking his collarbone and retiring from the rally.

The runaway leader would then go on to battle Hernandez and Honda's top man Mohammed Abu-Issa for the stage victory, a task made easier when Abu-Issa came to a halt with electrical problems at the halfway point.

However, just as Casale edged ahead of Hernandez by five seconds at WP7, his engine failed and what was set to be a 15-minute lead evaporated.

Hernandez, who had originally finished runner-up to Marcos Patronelli in Stage 4 but was given the win when the distance was adjusted, went on to cruise to a second consecutive victory - and passed Alejandro Patronelli for the overall lead.

Alejandro ended the stage third, losing out to Brian Baragwanath by 20 seconds, and now trails by 48 seconds overall to Hernandez.

Marcos, meanwhile, lost almost eight minutes to Hernandez, finishing the run in eighth.

Casale did manage to continue after a while and crossed the line with a loss of an hour and 19 minutes, dropping to 14th overall, his victory bid suffering a massive blow.

The hectic stage also claimed a casualty in 2015 winner Rafal Sonik, whose title defence came to an end 215km into the 327km run.

Standings after Stage 5:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 265

 Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

17h00m21s
2 253

 Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

48s
3 264

 Sergei Karyakin

Yamaha

8m35s
4 252

 Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

10m15s
5 254

 Jeremias Gonzalez

Yamaha

11m19s
6 256

 Walter Nosiglia

Honda

16m03s
7 272

Pablo Copetti

Yamaha

28m59s
8 269

 Kees Koolen

Honda

29m21s
9 274  Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

30m06s
10 297

Enrique Umbert

Yamaha

33m41s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 5: Jujuy - Uyuni
Article type Stage report
Tags quad