Only two stages are left in this year’s Dakar Rally – the action and the surprises don’t stop, and we don’t expect them to until the last minute of the event.

Bikes

Australia’s Toby Price took the victory of Stage 10 in the bikes category. Husqvarna’s Luciano Benavides followed behind him by a gap of just over 2 minutes.

The major upset of the day is the retirement of KTM’s Kevin Benavides. The Argentinian rider suffered mechanical issues at kilometer 133 of the stage. After being at a standstill for 20 minutes, it was obvious for Benavides that he had to retire from the rally.

The day for KTM kept getting worse as Matthias Walkner failed to perform and lost almost 16 minutes to the leader, finishing 27th. The Austrian has now lost the lead in the overall standings, dropping to 4th place behind Honda’s Pablo Quintanilla.

Adrien van Beveren is now enjoying the top spot in the overall standings after finishing third in today’s stage, which helped him capitalize on Walkner’s mistakes. The French rider has a 6-minute advantage over second-place Sam Sunderland.

Stage 10 standings:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Toby PriceRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
03H 05′ 32”

2Luciano BenavidesHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 02′ 09”
3Adrien van BeverenMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
+ 00H 03′ 35”
4Lorenzo SantolinoSHERCO FACTORY
+ 00H 05′ 40”
5Andrew ShortMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
+ 00H 06′ 29”

Overall standings after stage 10:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Adrien van BeverenMONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
33H 27′ 06”

2Sam SunderlandGASGAS FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 05′ 59”
3Pablo QuintanillaMONSTER ENERGY HONDA
+ 00H 06′ 15”
4Matthias WalknerRED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
+ 00H 08′ 24”
5Joan Barreda BortMONSTER ENERGY HONDA
+ 00H 10′ 47”

Cars

Stage 10 in the cars category saw legendary names at the top as Stephane Peterhansel took the victory with Carlos Sainz behind him by just over 2 minutes. Both drivers sit 26th and 15th in the overall standings respectively – a Dakar edition with results they didn’t expect.

Nasser Al-Attiyah finished the stage in 7th place, 5 minutes and 50 seconds behind the leader. The Qatari driver was given a 5-minute time penalty for not wearing safety equipment in a correct manner after stopping due to a punctured tire.

Frenchman Sebastian Loeb finished 5th in the stage, in comparison to the third-place finish by his Argentinian teammate Orlando Terranova. The Rally legend sits second in the overall standings, almost 33 minutes behind first place Al-Attiyah.

Stage 10 standings:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Stephane PeterhanselTEAM AUDI SPORT
02H 52′ 43”

2Carlos SainzTEAM AUDI SPORT
+ 00H 02′ 06”
3Orlando TerranovaBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 00H 03′ 59”
4Hank LateganTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
+ 00H 04′ 11”
5Sebastien LoebBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 00H 04′ 25”

Overall standings after stage 10:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Nasser Al-AttiyahTOYOTA GAZOO RACING
33H 13′ 37”

2Sebastien LoebBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 00H 32′ 40”
3Yazeed Al-RajhiOVERDRIVE TOYOTA
+ 00H 55′ 48”
4Orlando TerranovaBAHRAIN RAID XTREME
+ 01H 29′ 18”
5Jakub PrzygonskiX-RAID MINI JCW TEAM
+ 01H 41′ 02”

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