Brabec is almost there

Brabec in the lead at mid-stage

The American Ricky Brabec virtually takes the lead in the general classification of the Dakar in the motorcycle category, at the end of the first half of the marathon stage. A stage which saw Pablo Quintanilla and Skyler Howes lose everything.

This is the first part of the marathon stage which awaited the Dakar drivers this Thursday, with the obligation to stop at 4:00 p.m. at the nearest bivouac, and no possibility of communicating with the outside world in the absence of a connection. Internet. And during this difficult stage, the route of which was modified with the addition of a portion at reduced speed in order to limit fuel consumption, which was higher than expected, it was Ricky Brabec who did the best. got out. Third in the general classification Thursday morning, 3’47 behind Ross Branch, the American driver from the Honda team occupies the lead in the virtual general classification.

A classification which remains provisional since only half of the stage took place, and not all the drivers left at the same time, the starting order being reversed compared to the order of arrival on Wednesday. Brabec, one of the twelve drivers to have crossed crossing point E, and who will therefore sleep at rest point F at the 513th kilometer, is virtually 2’48 ahead of Ross Branch (Hero) and 6’37 over Juan Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda). Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) is at the foot of the podium, 13’02 behind the leader. But the second half of the stage, Friday with 626 kilometers on the menu, can still change everything.

Quintanilla loses big, Howes throws in the towel

This Thursday was fatal to the winner of the 5th stage and sixth in the general classification, Pablo Quintanilla (Honda), who simply suffered from a fuel shortage ten kilometers from the refueling point and lost more than a hour in Brabec. “It’s a sad moment. However, I was careful with my fuel, and 10 km before refueling I broke down. It’s hard when you’ve worked so hard and so long for this race. I always try to do my best, but that’s life. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it goes badly,” he reacted with annoyance. Skyler Howes (Honda), third in last year’s Dakar and 13th on Thursday morning, retired due to a mechanical problem.

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