Florimo, de Villiers win stage 9 in bikes, cars

11 Cornejo Florimo Jose Ignacio (chl), Monster Energy Honda Team 2022, Honda CRF 450 Rally, Moto, W2RC, Motul, action during the Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally 2022 between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasir, on January 10th 2022 in Wadi Ad Dawasir, Saudi Arabia – Photo Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

The Dakar Rally adventure continued through Tuesday as the second half of the raid got underway last Sunday. You can read more about the characteristics of the stage here.

Bikes

The stage for the bikes category today was won by Ignacio Cornejo Florimo. The Chilean rider went through the challenge of the 9th rally section and finished ahead of Kevin Benavides, who finished in second place.

The victory means little in the fight for the Dakar title for now though, as Florimo placed 11th in the general standings after today’s result, with Benavides in the 5th overall position. However, the nature of the rally implies that anything can happen, and Florimo shouldn’t be ruled out just yet.

Last year’s runner-up, Ricky Brabec, finished the stage in third place after looking at the lead through the first waypoints of the stage. However, he failed to keep his momentum and finished today’s challenger in third place.

Austria’s Matthias Walkner is the new leader in the overall standings for the bikes. The Red Bull KTM rider finished today’s stage in 4th place, compared to the 14th-place finish by Sam Sunderland which gave Walkner an advantage of 2 minutes and 12 seconds over his British competitor.

Stage 9 standings:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Ignacio Cornejo Florimo
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA
02H 29′ 30”

2Kevin BenavidesRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 01′ 26”
3Ricky BrabecMONSTER ENERGY HONDA
+ 00H 01′ 47”
4Matthias WalknerRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 02′ 06”
5Joan Barreda BortMONSTER ENERGY HONDA
+ 00H 02′ 10”

Overall standings after stage 9:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Matthias WalknerRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
30H 14′ 03”

2Sam SunderlandGASGAS FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 02′ 12”
3Adrien van BeverenMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
+ 00H 03′ 56”
4Pablo QuintanillaMONSTER ENERGY HONDA
+ 00H 04′ 41”
5Kevin BenavidesRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 10′ 22”

Cars

Giniel de Villiers took today’s stage victory by only 9 seconds to Hank Lategan. The South African – who won the 2009 Dakar Rally – managed to stay ahead in today’s challenger without running over any bikes competitor.

207 De Villiers Giniel (zaf), Murphy Dennis (zaf), Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+, Auto FIA T1/T2, action during the Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally 2022 between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasir, on January 10th 2022 in Wadi Ad Dawasir, Saudi Arabia – Photo Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Current class leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah, finished the stage in third place by just over a minute to de Villiers. The Toyota Gazoo Racing driver remains on top of Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, who finished today’s stage in 5th place. He was penalized after an incident in yesterday’s stage, but only with a fine – meaning no further time loss which could complicate his chances for the victory.

Lategan led through the first half of the stage and was battling the position with Al-Attiyah. However, a charging de Villiers capitalized on his performance and managed to build an advantage – though short – over both drivers.

The top 5 was completed by Stage 8’s winner Mattias Ekstrom, who finished in 4th place by just over 2 minutes to Al-Attiyah.

Stage 9 standings:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Giniel de VilliersTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
02H 23′ 08”

2Hank LateganTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
+ 00H 00′ 09”
3Nasser Al-AttiyahTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
+ 00H 01′ 04”
4Mattias Ekstrom
TEAM AUDI SPORT
+ 00H 02′ 07”
5Sebastien LoebBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 00H 02′ 11”

Overall standings after stage 9:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Nasser Al-AttiyahTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
30H 10′ 04”

2Sebastien LoebBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 00H 39′ 05”
3Yazeed Al-RajhiOVERDRIVE TOYOTA
+ 00H 58′ 44”
4Orlando TerranovaBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 01H 36′ 09”
5Giniel de VilliersTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
+ 01H 45′ 01”
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