Joaquim Rodrigues and Carlos Sainz took home the win in stage 3 at the 2022 Dakar Rally in the bikes and cars.

Stage 3 was shortened by 100 km due to the heavy rain that fell in the previous days. The special stage became 255 km long.

For stage 3, Joan Barreda Bort had the task to open the way for everybody. He was 20 minutes behind the leader Sam Sunderland in the overall standings

After being forced to retire from stage 2 on January 3rd, Danilo Petrucci managed to take part in stage 3. However, he received a penalty of 11 hours, but he admitted to just being happy to still be racing in the Dakar Rally 2022.

Daniel Sanders took the lead of the stage after Joaquim Rodrigues led the pack for a few moments. Meanwhile, Barreda was struggling to open the way, and he was already almost 4 minutes behind Sanders. The field behind the leader was very tight up until P14.

After losing a lot of time, Barreda was overtaken by Kevin Benavides. He became the one who had to open the way for the other riders.

Meanwhile, Rodrigues and Skyler Howes were hunting down the stage leader. They managed to recover 30 seconds. Nacho Cornejo was recovering some ground as well.

After 167 km, Sanders was still leading, but the gap to second and third place closed up. Skyler Howes was only 6 seconds behind, while Rodrigues was only 25 seconds back. At km 218, Sanders managed to open up the gap a bit more, distancing Rodrigues by 51 seconds, and Howes by 1 minute 40 seconds.

Rodrigues won his first stage at the Dakar, giving his team Hero their maiden victory too. Sanders, who led most of the stage, lost a lot of time in the end and dropped back to P5, almost 3 minutes behind the winner. Toby Price came home in second, while Mason Klein finished in P3 after a wonderful run.

Apparently, Daniel Sanders lost time in the last part of the stage because he had stopped to have a meal.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 3 in the bikes category:

1Joaquim RodriguesHero Motorsports Team Rally2:34:41
2Toby PriceRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+1:03
3Mason KleinBas Dakar KTM Racing Team+1:14
4Skyler HowesHusqvarna Factory Racing+1:26
5Daniel SandersGasGas Factory Racing+2:55

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the bikes category:

1Sam Sunderland GasGas Factory Racing 11:13:40
2Adrien Van BeverenMonster Energy Yamaha Rally Team+0:04
3Matthias WalknerRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+1:30
4 Skyler Howes Husqvarna Factory Racing +3:55
5 Daniel Sanders GasGas Factory Racing +8:54

In the cars category, Sebastien Loeb had to open the way for stage 3. After him, it was the turn of Nasser Al-Attiyah, then Carlos Sainz.

Loeb got unlucky right at the beginning as he suffered a puncture. That allowed Al-Attiyah to take the lead in stage 3.

At the first checkpoint, Henk Lategan was the leader. Behind him, Mattias Ekstrom, Carlos Sainz, and Stephane Peterhansel. Meanwhile, Loeb kept being unlucky as he suffered another puncture. He was already 7 minutes and 24 seconds behind the leader, but the time lost became even more. In fact, the gap to the leader expanded to 15 minutes.

Carlos Sainz was the first driver to finish the stage. However, as other competitors were yet to finish he could not celebrate yet. Meanwhile, Peterhansel was closing the gap to the leader and Loeb was living a nightmare as he was more than half an hour behind Sainz.

Carlos Sainz was declared the winner eventually. Lategan finished second, while Peterhansel was third. Nasser Al-Attiyah was only eighth.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 3 in the cars category:

1Carlos SainzTeam Audi Sport2:26:51
2Henk LateganToyota Gazoo Racing+0:38
3Stephane PeterhanselTeam Audi Sport+1:41
4Nani RomaBahrain Raid Xtreme+2:41
5Mattias EkstromTeam Audi Sport+2:59

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the cars category:

1Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo Racing9:31:22
2Sebastien LoebBahrain Raid Xtreme+37:40
3Lucio AlvarezOverdrive Toyota+42:06
4Giniel de VilliersToyota Gazoo Racing+45:22
5Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive Toyota+47:29

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