Orlando Terranova gets a taste of victory in stage 6 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the cars category, while the bikes stage is cut short.

Danilo Petrucci led the bikes away from Riyadh for their 404 km long special after his stage win yesterday. However, the Italian rider ended up in 57th place by the first time check, 6 and a half minutes off the lead.

The field proved to be incredibly tight over the first 40 km, Daniel Sanders of Australia squeezing into the lead. He chipped ahead of Pablo Quintanilla by 26 seconds, with Ricky Brabec in third.

Sanders continued to lead by the second time check at the 81 km mark. At this point, Quintanilla had lost positions, with Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland making a surge into the top 3.

Unfortunately, the stage would end for the bikes at the 101 km mark. The Dakar Rally race organizers solidified their decision to end the special significantly early for both the bikes and quads categories. This was due to the breakdown of tracks along the stage after passage by the trucks and cars yesterday. Furthermore, the recent heavy rain in the area added to the danger of riders passing through that point.

Consequentially, the results of the stage will be decided by the riders’ positions and timing at the 101 km mark. These results are currently unknown, but ASN will provide updates on the situation.

Henk Lategan got off to a strong getaway after winning yesterday’s stage in the cars, staying within a minute off the lead over the first 81 km. However, he struck trouble along with Sebastien Loeb when they took the wrong route before the 120 km waypoint. Woefully, the pair lost more than 15 minutes, throwing them down the rankings.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz looked in contention for the stage win, leading after 40 km over Yazeed Al-Rajhi. Just like his teammate Stephane Peterhansel though, he ran into issues with his Audi and came to a halt before the 81 km mark.

This allowed Al-Rajhi to inherit the lead, with Nasser Al-Attiyah nipping at his heels. Soon, Al-Attiyah pushed past the Saudi driver and took the lead over the subsequent 140 km.

At the 259 km mark, Al-Attiyah lost his lead to Orlando Terranova, who had slowly started reeling in the leaders after going 7th quickest at the first checkpoint.

The fight for the lead looked tight with just one more waypoint until the finish. This was the 305km mark, at which Terranova clung on to his lead over Mattias Ekstrom. Ekstrom slipped into 2nd place after Al-Attiyah lost close to 5 minutes since the previous waypoint. Al-Rajhi was also only 2 minutes behind, waiting for his moment to leap back to the lead.

Orlando Terranova held on to win his first stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, prevailing by a minute and 6 seconds over Mattias Ekstrom. Al-Rajhi came home in 3rd place, a further 43 seconds behind Ekstrom

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 6 in the cars category:

PosDriverTeamTime/Gap
1 Orlando TerranovaBahrain Raid Xtreme3:06:45
2Mattias EkstromTeam Audi Sport+1:06
3Yazeed Al-RajhiOverdrive Toyota+1:49
4Brian BaragwanathCentury Racing+3:06
5Nani Roma Bahrain Raid Xtreme +3:34

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

PosDriverTeamTime/Gap
1Nasser Al-AttiyahToyota Gazoo Racing20:37:24
2Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota +0:50:19
3Sebastien Loeb Bahrain Raid Xtreme +0:50:25
4Lucio Alvarez Overdrive Toyota +1:06:58
5Jakub PrzygonskiX-Raid Mini JCW Team+1:16:25

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