2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 9
Riyadh – Haradh
Stage 9 was a troublesome day on the Dakar, with tough navigation and difficult terrain together with 358 km of timed particular, Australian Toby Value ending the day second total, behind Husqvarna’s Luciano Benavides, with simply minute separating the highest two riders.
The 2-time Dakar champion will now observe at present’s winner into Wednesday’s stage 10, aiming to minimise the time misplaced to the chasing pack, with main the stage nonetheless fraught with points, even with the 2023 modifications in play.
Toby Value – P2
“Yeah, it’s been a superb day for me. It appears just like the boys in entrance obtained misplaced simply earlier than the refuel. I navigated by means of there actually good, in order that meant I used to be capable of make up some minutes. I simply tried to push on a bit at present, I used to be attempting actually laborious to maintain up a quick tempo however not make any massive errors. All in all, I felt actually good at present, it’s good to really feel contemporary after the remaining day. It appears like tomorrow will likely be largely all sand, so we’ll strive our greatest there and see the place we find yourself.”
There was no higher instance of how tough main will be than fellow Australian, GASGAS mounted, Daniel Sanders. Confronted with the arduous job of serving to to steer out on stage 9 after his runner-up end on stage eight, Chucky frustratingly misplaced a considerable period of time in a rocky plateau early on within the 358km particular and would in the end go on to complete in twentieth place.
Daniel Sanders – P20
“In the present day was at all times going to be powerful main out and early on I shortly caught up with the main riders. There was a observe within the roadbook to move up right into a rocky plateau however as soon as up there it was actually laborious to seek out the best way. I reckon I misplaced round quarter-hour or so there, however that’s how rally goes typically. It’s a little bit irritating however all I can do is preserve shifting ahead and I’m trying ahead to tomorrow.”
Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Luciano Benavides has topped day 9 of the Dakar Rally. Securing his second stage win of the 2023 occasion, the Argentinian delivered a masterclass of rally racing, solely dropping to second for a brief distance earlier than powering his FR 450 Rally house to publish the quickest time.
Luciano Benavides – P1
“I’m actually pleased. I can’t consider I received once more, and to be the primary rider at this Dakar to win twice feels unbelievable. It was a extremely laborious stage with a number of navigation – you actually needed to focus in your street ebook to be sure you didn’t make any errors. There have been a number of damaged tracks and completely different traces, so it was straightforward to take a barely improper line. Now I’m opening the stage tomorrow, so it will likely be full gasoline all the best way to the end.”
Beginning two locations forward of his team-mate, Skyler Howes additionally put in an excellent trip to safe a third-place consequence, two-minutes behind Value. Shedding a few minutes whereas looking for one explicit way-point meant that the American was quickly caught by Benavides, and from there the 2 pushed laborious towards the refuelling cease after which on to the end.
Skyler Howes – P3
“The stage at present was fairly tough. We hit a bit the place we have been lacking one waypoint and it was in a spot deep with stones and a number of mud. It was powerful to navigate by means of there and I knew we have been going off the CAP heading a little bit, so I needed to circle round to get again on monitor. Luciano caught up with me then and using collectively we actually put the cost on, partly as a result of I assumed I had misplaced much more time than I had. We did a superb job all the best way from the refuelling to the end. The bottom on the market was unbelievable – there’s been a lot rain, in some locations it was like using by means of large rivers. It’s been a difficult day and I’m certain there will likely be a lot extra to come back as we make our approach to the top.”
Behind Howes have been Tosha Schareina and Romain Dumontier, earlier than Monster Vitality Honda Crew prime rider for the stage in sixth – Jose Ignacio Cornejo.
Jose Ignacio Cornejo – P6
“This was the primary stage after the remaining day. Navigation was type of tough, we began with some dunes then some rocky piste. I used to be feeling fairly good from the start, made no navigation errors and was using at a superb tempo. Then I crashed, not too quick, however obtained caught underneath the bike and broken the road-book. I’ve to thank Santolino as a result of he was there and helped me. I misplaced some minutes, however not an excessive amount of and managed to proceed at a superb tempo.”
Additionally producing a strong consequence on day 9, regardless of a small navigational error early on, Kevin Benavides positioned seventh, the 34-year-old had moved into third place by km 85, however then misplaced a number of minutes looking for one notably tricky-to-navigate waypoint.
Kevin Benavides – P7
“In the present day was a extremely laborious stage with a number of navigation. I attempted my greatest to make a superb tempo and concentrate on my street ebook. I pushed actually laborious proper from the start however then misplaced a little bit of time with a extremely sophisticated observe within the street ebook – fortunately not as a lot as a number of the riders forward of me. After that I pushed on in the direction of the end and had a superb, trouble-free trip. I’m happy with my consequence at present, so we’ll see how issues go tomorrow.”
Toni Mulec, Martin Michek and Franco Caimi rounded out the top-ten, with notable riders previous that placings together with Adrien Van Beveren in 14th, and Pablo Quintanilla in 18th, Sanders who was already talked about in twentieth and Matthias Walkner in twenty seventh.
Adrien Van Beveren – P14
“This was a tough day for me. I began fifth and at round kilometer 100 the navigation was tough within the massive plateau and it was tough to see the tracks. Then I discovered the waypoint after which we have been all 5 riders collectively. Mason was using with no road-book very near me and round 20 km from the top he got here from behind and we each crashed. So I’m glad I might make it to the top of the stage.”
Pablo Quintanilla – P18
“This was a troublesome day for us, those who have been using in entrance. I caught the group in entrance at round 120 km. There was a difficult observe within the road-book near a plateau and I misplaced 2 or 3 minutes there. Then Adrien caught me and we have been using collectively till the top. It was actually tough at present, as a result of the road-book had a number of completely different instructions. We knew we have been going to lose a while. It’s at all times simpler once you come from behind. The Dakar is like this, typically you get a superb place, others you simply don’t.”
Matthias Walkner – P27
“It was a extremely laborious stage for me at present. Though I attempted to provide it my all, I obtained misplaced at one level and that value me a number of time. Not the very best day for me in any respect. I spent a lot of the day using by myself, so it was tough to evaluate my tempo, too. It’s irritating as a result of I really feel stronger with my wrist, however it was simply that one small mistake that has value me some minutes. I’ll strive my greatest tomorrow and carry on pushing to the end.”
Joan Barreda had a transparent message on the rear of his helmet when enrolling for his thirteenth Dakar as he prepares to hit the 40-year mark. “Final Shot” was what the pursuers of “Bang Bang” might learn, a mixture of “final dance” and his popularity as a sharp-shooting collector of 29 stage wins on the Dakar, the Spaniard inside 4 victories of the data held by Peterhansel and Despres. Barreda nonetheless went down laborious on Tuesday, and has now doubtless holstered his gun for good. It’s the sixth time that “Bang Bang” has exited the rally prematurely. His greatest consequence on the Dakar will certainly be the fifth locations obtained in each 2017 and 2022. Barreda was eighth outright earlier than hitting the deck.
Dakar Stage 10 Route
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is time to maneuver within the route of Shaybah to race the tenth stage of the race. This selective part has been stored intentionally quick – simply 114 kilometres – as an method into the bowels of the Empty Quarter. A protracted liaison (508 km) will take up a lot of the day, so this appetiser will likely be primarily composed of the native delicacy: sand.
Rankings after Dakar Stage 9
Because the 2023 Dakar Rally will get to the sharp finish of issues, with shorter routes and shorter timed specials, it’ll be tougher for riders to make massive good points, with Skyler Howes main the general rankings, and Toby Value second simply three-seconds off his time.
Third positioned Kevin Benavides is an extra five-minutes in arrears, with fourth positioned Adrien Van Beveren including 10-minutes to that determine, adopted by Pablo Quintanilla (+18m24s), Mason Klein (+18m42s), Luciano Benavides (+21m35s), Jose Cornejo (+22m47s) and Daniel Sanders (+23m47s).
From Sanders in ninth to tenth positioned Lorenzo Santolino (+40m38s) there’s one other important soar, of virtually 17-minutes.
Dakar Stage 9 Highlights Video
2023 Dakar Rally Stage 9 Outcomes
|1||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||03H 18′ 44”|
|2||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 01′ 02”|
|3||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||+ 00H 02′ 57”|
|4||(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINA||+ 00H 04′ 53”|
|5||(FRA) ROMAIN DUMONTIER||+ 00H 06′ 10”|
|6||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 06′ 12”|
|7||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 07′ 53”|
|8||(SVN) TONI MULEC||+ 00H 08′ 46”|
|9||(CZE) MARTIN MICHEK||+ 00H 09′ 58”|
|10||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 00H 10′ 07”|
|11||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 13′ 13”|
|12||(FRA) NEELS THERIC||+ 00H 14′ 16”|
|13||(SVK) STEFAN SVITKO||+ 00H 14′ 20”|
|14||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 15′ 48”|
|15||(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLER||+ 00H 16′ 55”|
|16||(FRA) JEANLOUP LEPAN||+ 00H 17′ 14”|
|17||(FRA) JULIEN JAGU||+ 00H 18′ 14”|
|18||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 18′ 36”|
|19||(ITA) PAOLO LUCCI||+ 00H 19′ 37”|
|20||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||+ 00H 19′ 41”|
2023 Dakar Rally General After Stage 9
|1||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||33H 55′ 57”|
|2||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 00′ 03”|
|3||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 05′ 09”|
|4||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 15′ 40”|
|5||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 18′ 24”|
|6||(USA) MASON KLEIN||+ 00H 18′ 42”|
|7||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||+ 00H 21′ 35”|
|8||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 22′ 47”|
|9||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||+ 00H 23′ 47”|
|10||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 40′ 38”|
|11||(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER||+ 00H 44′ 36”|
|12||(CZE) MARTIN MICHEK||+ 01H 16′ 51”|
|13||(SVK) STEFAN SVITKO||+ 01H 18′ 06”|
|14||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 01H 22′ 39”|
|15||(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINA||+ 01H 25′ 28”|
2023 Dakar Rally Schedule
|Stage||Date||Begin and End||Complete | Particular|
|REST||January 9, 2023||RIYADH|
|STAGE 9||January 10, 2023||RIYADH > HARADH||710 km | 439 km|
|STAGE 10||January 11, 2023||HARADH > SHAYBAH||623 km | 114 km|
|STAGE 11||January 12, 2023||SHAYBAH > EMPTY QUARTER MARATHON||426 km | 275 km|
|STAGE 12||January 13, 2023||EMPTY QUARTER MARATHON > SHAYBAH||375 km | 185 km|
|STAGE 13||January 14, 2023||SHAYBAH > AL-HOFUF||669 km | 154 km|
|STAGE 14||January 15, 2023||AL-HOFUF > DAMMAM||414 km | 136 km|