Dakar Quads, Stage 6: Patronelli brothers take over out front

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Dakar Quads, Stage 6: Patronelli brothers take over out front
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Jan 8, 2016, 7:13 PM

Brothers Alejandro and Marcos Patronelli took control of the 2016 Dakar Rally's quad category after Stage 6, overcoming sizable deficits to move to first and second respectively in the overall standings.

Stage 6: Uyuni - Uyuni
#252 Yamaha: Marcos Patronelli
#252 Yamaha: Marcos Patronelli
#252 Yamaha: Marcos Patronelli
#251 Yamaha: Ignacio Casale

Alejandro started the day six minutes off Sergey Karyakin, who had been made rally leader after adjustments to Stage 4 results - while Marcos was a full 15 minutes behind the Russian.

However, over the the 542km stage, the rally's longest yet, the Patronellis overhauled Karyakin, with Marcos topping the stage comfortably to move within three minutes of Alejandro in the general classification.

Brian Baragwanath was best of the rest behind the brothers on Friday, but is more than an hour adrift overall, having lost time on Stage 4 and then incurring a hefty penalty.

The all-Yamaha top five was completed by Karyakin, who is now 5m39s behind the leader, and Jeremias Gonzalez, while Stage 5 winner Alexis Hernandez had a quiet run, losing almost half an hour to Marcos Patronelli.

2014 champion Ignacio Casale, who had dominated the rally until suffering costly engine issues on Thursday, was among the leaders early on in Stage 6, before crashing with less than 200 kilometers to go.

The Chilean ended up breaking his collarbone and had to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Standings after Stage 6:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 253

Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

24h01m27s
2 252

Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

2m48s
3 264

Sergei Karyakin

Yamaha

5m39s
4 265

 Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

21m01s
5 254

 Jeremias Gonzalez

Yamaha

24m59s
6 256

 Walter Nosiglia

Honda

32m39s
7 269

 Kees Koolen

Honda

45m14s
8 297

 Pablo Copetti

Yamaha

53m00s
9 269

 Nelson Sanabria

Yamaha

1h03m53s
10 274  Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

1h09m00s
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