2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 3
Alula – Ha’il
Daniel Sanders has claimed his first stage win of the 2023 Dakar Rally for the Pink Bull GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing staff, forging forward within the sandy Stage 3 circumstances, in addition to claiming the general lead from Mason Klein.
Tomorrow is when issues may get fascinating for the Aussie charger. As the primary rider to enter stage 4, he would be the first to carve a line by means of the rolling sand dunes, to the advantage of his chasing rivals. Given his confidence and exact navigating expertise, Sanders is properly positioned to clock in with one other strong outcome, nonetheless opening the stage is at all times a problem.
Daniel Sanders – P1
“Yeah, that’ll do! It’s good to get a stage win and be main, for certain. I knew my tempo was good and I felt sturdy in the present day, so after refuelling I pushed on to the tip. I had an important likelihood to make a while up in the present day, which I did, and now I’m main so it’s all good! Tomorrow will probably be powerful although as I’ll be main out, so it’ll be vital to remain targeted, however I’m trying ahead to the problem.”
Fellow Aussie Toby Worth as soon as once more confirmed his expertise on stage three by sticking to a quick however calculated tempo. With the stage being as lengthy and tiring because it was, a mistake may simply have a big impact on an general outcome, and as such Toby’s strong experience to sixth now units him up properly to assault Wednesday’s stage 4.
Toby Worth – P6
“The climate in the present day has been fairly chilly and overcast, in order that makes a change right here on the Dakar. The stage went properly for me in the present day, I stored my head down, pushed the place I may, and tried to maintain to a very good tempo for the entire day. I dropped down the order slightly bit in the present day, however that’s simply the character of the race. It’s solely day three, so we’ve nonetheless obtained a protracted strategy to go but.”
Taking up the longest stage of the occasion as far as the third rider into the particular was an enormous problem for Skyler Howes. Nevertheless, after passing one rider forward of him and catching as much as the opposite, Howes stayed targeted on his navigation and delivered an excellent experience that may finally see the FR 450 Rally rider declare second on the finish of the day.
Skyler Howes – P2
“Actually, this needs to be among the finest days I’ve ever had on a motorbike. The sand was moist and so good to experience, the mountains listed below are big and extremely stunning, I can’t describe the way it felt to race by means of there. There was a few instances once we headed proper into the worst of the climate, however fortunately, we missed it. I’m actually pleased with my time in the present day. Mason (Klein) did a very good job of opening, and I used to be capable of meet up with him and simply focus by myself navigation by means of the lengthy stage. I picked up some good bonus time for being the second rider by means of the stage, in order that appears to have labored out properly. I’ll be up close to the entrance once more tomorrow, so one other difficult day however I’m trying ahead to it.”
KTM-supported Mason Klein continued to impress on stage 4. The younger American demonstrated the standard of his navigational expertise as he opened the particular from begin to end, securing himself a third-place stage outcome.
Kevin Benavides was well-placed to chase down the seven riders forward of him, because the quickest Manufacturing facility KTM, the Argentinian put in a constant experience to maneuver rapidly inside the highest three and stay there for almost all of the stage, regardless of incurring a two-minute penalty.
Kevin Benavides – P4
“It was a very good stage for me, however actually onerous at virtually 450 kilometers in size. It was a misplaced sooner on common than yesterday with much more sand, but additionally rivers and canyons as earlier than. It had rained in a single day so it was moist in some locations, and that modifications the terrain slightly, particularly the delicate sand. I rode a robust stage – I had a very good tempo and didn’t make too many errors, however I’m undoubtedly able to get some relaxation now and recharge my batteries for tomorrow.”
Joan Barreda was the subsequent quickest rider in fifth, ending 45s forward of Toby Worth.
Luciano Benavides was pushing onerous on in the present day’s particular when a rider forward of him crashed closely and required help. Benavides remained with the fallen rider till medical assist arrived, after which continued on to the end. After having the time he misplaced returned to him, Luciano positioned provisionally seventh for the day.
Luciano Benavides – P7
“The day went properly for me in the present day. My tempo was good, and I actually loved the stage. After the refuelling, I used to be using behind Ricky (Brabec) when he hit a rock and crashed. I stayed with him till the helicopter arrived after which carried on to finish the stage. It’s at all times tough to regain your velocity after seeing one thing like that, and I accomplished the stage by myself, however I feel I did a very good job. Time to refocus now and push once more tomorrow.”
Pablo Quintanilla was once more the primary of the Monster Vitality Honda Staff throughout the road in the present day with an eighth place end, adopted by Adrien Van Beveren in ninth, whereas Joaquim Rodrigues was tenth, simply forward of Honda’s last manufacturing facility rider – José Ignacio Cornejo – who was eleventh. KTM’s Matthias Walkner was twelfth.
Pablo Quintanilla – P8
“I’m actually sorry for Ricky. He is a good rider, an important buddy and he was doing a very good job at this Dakar. Hopefully he doesn’t have something severe, so I’m certain he’ll come again quickly. About my day, it was one other onerous one and lengthy. The rain made the stage slightly bit tougher than regular, making the sand heavy. I did my finest and it was vital to complete with none errors.”
Adrien Van Beveren – P9
“This was a tough stage, particularly once I noticed Ricky on the bottom, however fortunately he was okay. The day was right to me, I gave my finest making an attempt to keep away from any errors. So I’m prepared for one more day on the Dakar Rally, feeling sturdy and assured in my expertise and help from my staff.”
José Ignacio Cornejo – P11
“This was one other powerful stage and I’m actually sorry my teammate Ricky needed to abandon. The circumstances have been combined however very onerous. I had a small crash to start with and it took me some time to regroup after that. However I’m pleased with my efficiency, this Dakar is simply beginning and I’m right here to withstand and succeed.”
Matthias Walkner – P12
“It was a very lengthy stage in the present day. The panorama was unbelievable, and probably probably the most stunning phases I’ve ever ridden. I didn’t really feel too snug in the present day although, I struggled to discover a good rhythm and opted to make sure a strong, protected end. The rocky sections are actually unpredictable, so it’s tough to push as onerous as I’d like by means of them. General, I’m pleased as a result of I’m giving my all every day, I simply want to remain constant and hopefully the tempo will come.”
2023 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Highlights Video
General Rankings after Stage 3
Daniel Sanders now leads the general by 4m04s from Mason Klein, with Kevin Benavides third, virtually three-minutes additional again. Skyler Howes is fourth, Joan Barreda fifth and Toby Worth sixth – now 11-minutes precisely off main tempo.
Pablo Quintanilla, Adrien Van Beveren, Matthias Walkner and Ross Department spherical out the top-10 after Stage 3.
Monster Vitality Honda Staff additionally had a casualty in Stage 3, after the abandonment of the rally by Ricky Brabec. The primary American to win the Dakar Rally, again in 2020, has suffered a fall after 274 km of the particular stage. He was rescued by helicopter and is protected on the native hospital. In any case exams, the medical employees at Ha’Il hospital confirms he has no fractures or different extreme situation. For precaution, he’ll stay underneath remark for one more 24 hours, however his situation is nice.
The stage was additionally reduce quick for the automobiles class after 288 km, additionally effecting the slower bikes as helicopter help was impacted, with flooding proving a major situation for a lot of rivals, leaving some questions on what could also be in retailer for riders tomorrow.
— DAKAR RALLY (@dakar) January 3, 2023
Tomorrow the fourth stage from this 12 months’s Dakar Rally could have a begin and end on the Ha’Il bivouac. This particular stage could have 425 kilometers and a liaison of 152 km. The climate forecast talks concerning the comeback of the solar.
Sheer mountains of sand will seem within the first 100 kilometers. After that, there’s difficult navigation on the sandy tracks main again to Ha’Il. So sand dunes and sand tracks will dominate (36% every), leaving simply 10% of dust tracks and rocky sections (9%).
2023 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Outcomes
|1||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||04H 24′ 15”|
|2||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||+ 00H 06′ 19”|
|3||(USA) MASON KLEIN||+ 00H 06′ 59”|
|4||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 07′ 23”|
|5||(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT||+ 00H 11′ 29”|
|6||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 12′ 14”|
|7||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||+ 00H 14′ 03”|
|8||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 14′ 35”|
|9||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 15′ 28”|
|10||(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUES||+ 00H 16′ 05”|
|11||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 16′ 08”|
|12||(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER||+ 00H 16′ 39”|
|13||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 16′ 55”|
|14||(PRT) RUI GONÇALVES||+ 00H 17′ 09”|
|15||(BWA) ROSS BRANCH||+ 00H 17′ 26”|
|16||(ITA) PAOLO LUCCI||+ 00H 19′ 30”|
|17||(SVK) STEFAN SVITKO||+ 00H 19′ 46”|
|18||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 00H 20′ 07”|
|19||(CZE) MARTIN MICHEK||+ 00H 21′ 15”|
|20||(PRT) ANTONIO MAIO||+ 00H 21′ 39”|
2023 Dakar Rally General After Stage 3
|1||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||14H 05′ 38”|
|2||(USA) MASON KLEIN||+ 00H 04′ 04”|
|3||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 06′ 53”|
|4||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||+ 00H 08′ 35”|
|5||(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT||+ 00H 10′ 37”|
|6||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 11′ 00”|
|7||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 16′ 56”|
|8||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 21′ 30”|
|9||(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER||+ 00H 22′ 02”|
|10||(BWA) ROSS BRANCH||+ 00H 23′ 42”|
|11||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||+ 00H 24′ 10”|
|12||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 24′ 18”|
|13||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 28′ 00”|
|14||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 00H 34′ 20”|
|15||(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLER||+ 00H 35′ 21”|
2023 Dakar Rally Schedule
|Stage||Date||Begin and End||Whole | Particular|
|STAGE 4||January 4, 2023||HA’IL > HA’IL||573 km | 425 km|
|STAGE 5||January 5, 2023||HA’IL > HA’IL||646 km | 375 km|
|STAGE 6||January 6, 2023||HA’IL > AL DUWADIMI||876.68 km | 466 km|
|STAGE 7||January 7, 2023||AL DUWADIMI > AL DUWADIMI||641.47 km | 473 km|
|STAGE 8||January 8, 2023||AL DUWADIMI > RIYADH||722.41 km | 407 km|
|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|