A Chilean still celebrating

A Chilean still celebrating

The 3rd stage of the Dakar, this Monday between Al Duwadimi and Al Salamiya, was won by the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda). Ross Branch retains the lead, while Adrien Van Beveren takes advantage of Sam Sunderland’s retirement to enter the top five in the standings.

Sam Sunderland (GasGas) out of the race, the Chileans celebrating. While the 3rd stage of the Dakar for motorcycles, this Monday between Al Duwadimi and Al Salamiya for a marathon special of more than 400 kilometers (438 to be precise), was marked by the abandonment of the Briton, double winner of the event , and which was once again one of the favorites, it made Pablo Quintanilla happy. Well helped by his compatriot and teammate José Ignacio Cornejo, winner the day before during a 2nd stage which saw Quintanilla finish in 3rd place, the Chilean, leader from start to finish, was able to resist the competition to sign in his turn a scratch time which was contested by the Spaniard Joan Barreda (Hero) and which the Argentinian Kevin Benavides (KTM), title holder, also had in the spotlight during an extremely competitive end of the special, without to prevent Quintanilla, the great man of the day, from having the last word. Stage victory (his seventh on the Dakar, now as many as Cornejo) but no more for the Honda Monster driver.

Van Beveren in the Top 5

The latter retains 4th place in the provisional general classification, far from the still leader Ross Branch (Hero). Without being the fastest, the Batswana managed a nice shot. Fifth Monday, he allowed himself to grab a few precious seconds from Cornejo, his runner-up, whom he is now ahead of by 4’11, as well as the American Ricky Brabec, 3rd. Great operation also for Adrien Van Beveren. Arriving with the 6th time, the French driver took advantage of Sunderland’s misfortune, but also of the bad luck of Daniel Sanders (who lost more than ten minutes during this decidedly terrible day for the Spanish team GasGas) as well as the setbacks of Luciano Benavides to climb into the Top 5.

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