Dakar Quads, Stage 8: Patronellis swap places, extend lead over rest

Marcos Patronelli took the lead of Dakar Rally's quad category from his brother Alejandro as the duo moved even further away from their rivals.

The Patronellis, who have two Dakar wins each and have pledged not to fight each other in the quest for a fifth win for the family, have been in control of the 2016 edition since the retirement of early pacesetter Ignacio Casale - and continued the trend on Monday.

However, they also ended up trading positions as Marcos won Stage 8 by almost six minutes, leading at every waypoint along the way.

Alejandro, meanwhile, narrowly held on to complete a 1-2 for the family, beating Brian Baragwanath by 23 seconds.

The brothers, two minutes apart in the general classification, are now a full half an hour clear of their nearest rival - Alexis Hernandez.

Usual frontrunner Jeremias Gonzalez, who had sat third overall in the morning, endured a low-key outing and surrendered more than 20 minutes, dropping below Hernandez and Sergey Karyakin - who himself had lost ground after timing adjustments.

Standings after Stage 8:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 252

Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

27h02m31s
2 253

Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

2m06s
3 265

Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

32m50s
4 264

Sergei Karyakin

Yamaha

43m56s
5 254

Jeremias Gonzalez

Yamaha

46m17s
6 256

 Walter Nosiglia

Honda

54m15s
7 272

 Pablo Copetti

Yamaha

1h25m55s
8 269

Kees Koolen

Honda

1h30m47s
9 257

 Nelson Sanabria

Yamaha

1h38m53s
10 274  Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

1h39m38s

 

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 8: Salta - Belen
Drivers Marcos Patronelli , Alejandro Patronelli
Article type Stage report
Tags quad