2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 2
Sea Camp – Alula
Riders confronted a chilly and moist liason of 159 km, earlier than reaching the 430 km timed particular for the day on Stage 2, with rocky tracks opening into brief sections of dune within the latter half of the day, proving the perfect looking floor for American Mason Klein.
Klein took the stage win regardless of a one-minute penalty, whereas Toby Worth completed in fifth and Daniel Sanders ninth, making certain each Aussies stay throughout the prime 5 within the total standings. The stage was anticipated to take 4 hours, nevertheless that ended up nearer to 5 and a half within the tough situations.
It has been six years since a privateer final gained a stage on the Dakar, again in 2016 when veteran Stefan Svitko did so, nevertheless Mason Klein on the tender age of 21 years, and solely in his third day of racing within the Rally GP class achieved the feat.
Hero’s Sebastian Buhler crossed the end line with in second, bagging the first-ever stage podium of his Dakar profession, Skyler Howes pacing his Husqvarna and shifting up from twenty fourth at kilometre 104 to 3rd place by the end. Not far behind was Ross Department in fourth.
Because the fifth rider to enter the stage, Toby Worth made a gentle begin to the timed particular, taking his time to regulate to the extreme terrain seen over the primary few hundred kilometers. Because the stage continued, Worth’s stamina and consistency paid off, with the Aussie shifting up as excessive as second place after 300 kilometers.
Easing off barely to make sure a secure end, the two-time Dakar champion positioned fifth on the line, simply over two minutes down on the chief.
Behind Worth had been Joan Barreda (Monster Power JB Staff) in sixth and Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco Manufacturing unit) in seventh.
Eighth-placed Kevin Benavides had the unenviable process of beginning second into the stage, delivered a well-calculated journey, dropping the minimal of time to the chasing pack.
Realizing the significance of posting constant stage outcomes each single day, Daniel Sanders upped his tempo when he wanted to, backing off close to the tip to carry his RX 450F dwelling secure and sound in ninth.
Following Stage 2, Klein now holds the general lead, 1m41s forward of Toby Worth, adopted by Joan Barreda (+2m03s), Kevin Benavides (+2m25s) and Daniel Sanders (+2m55s).
Ricky Brabec, Skyler Howes, Pablo Quintanilla, Matthias Walkner and Sebastian Buhler spherical out the highest 10, and two levels in, nine-minutes separates first by means of twelfth.
Sebastian Buhler – P2
“Right this moment turned out to be a rewarding one. But it wasn’t actually a enjoyable day, as we had been using your complete day by means of rocks. I used to be capable of finding rhythm from the start, and that helped me push by means of. Earlier than the second refueling I made a slight mistake that made me return 2kms to validate a waypoint, and I misplaced a while there. Apart from that, I’m very pleased with my efficiency and the 2nd place I’ve earned.”
Skyler Howes – P3
“Right this moment was tremendous, tremendous tough by way of being exhausting on the physique, exhausting on the machine, and an extremely lengthy day. I used to be managing the day nicely, not pushing too exhausting and preserving a bit in reserve for the approaching days forward. I used to be using at a snug tempo by means of the rock-strewn tracks early on, however when issues opened up within the remaining 100 kilometres or so I placed on a little bit of a push as a result of I assumed I would nicely be behind by that time. Because it occurs, my tempo was good, and I introduced it dwelling in third. There have been no main errors on my finish, simply a few little moments, and the bike felt actually good over all of the several types of terrain. I’m beginning third tomorrow, which isn’t very best for the stage the organisers have promised, however I’ll do my finest and purpose to place in one other stable day.”
Ross Department – P4
“It was a protracted rocky part as we speak, in all probability one of many longest such levels I’ve ever completed on the Dakar. However the day was good for me. I wasn’t certain the place we had been lined the entire day, so the purpose was to keep away from any errors, navigation errors, and most of all, any crashes. I’m blissful we’re in place for Stage 2, which can be going to be a protracted one, and I’m hoping for the most effective.”
Toby Worth – P5
“That was a troublesome stage as we speak. The organisers led us by means of a load of river beds and rocks just about the entire means. It’s undoubtedly not straightforward, and to make it safely to the end you actually should take issues a bit steadier and concentrate on staying clean. The projected time was round 4 hours, nevertheless it’s taken us shut to 5 and a half to get to the end. Apart from that, I’m pleased with how I rode, I’m right here in a single piece and able to struggle once more tomorrow.”
Kevin Benavides – P8
“This present day was actually exhausting. Presumably the toughest stage I’ve ridden within the final three years of Dakar. It was 430 kilometres, however nearly six hours of using by means of some very robust, rocky tracks. I set off second as we speak and caught Ricky (Brabec) by round kilometre 120, after that we swapped positions on the entrance as much as the ultimate 100 kilometres or so once we had been caught by one other rider. It’s been exhausting, however I’m pleased with my efficiency and the consequence after opening loads of the way in which, so not a nasty stage total.”
Daniel Sanders – P9
“It was a giant day as we speak and undoubtedly a protracted one! At first I pushed exhausting to make up time after which settled into a good rhythm. I believe the stage win was there for the taking as we speak however that is such a protracted race that it’s finest to not lead out on a stage this early on, and so for tomorrow’s stage within the dunes I’ll now have a good beginning place. There shall be a time or two when successful a stage or ending up entrance to guide out the following day shall be crucial, however as we speak wasn’t it!”
Matthias Walkner – P10
“That was a super-long day as we speak – using all day by means of free stones. It was so intense since you needed to concentrate on the terrain the entire time, in order that was tiring mentally as nicely and being bodily tense in your physique and the bike. I’ll get some good relaxation now as now we have a good longer day to race tomorrow.”
Luciano Benavides – P12
“It’s been a loopy day – tremendous lengthy and tremendous robust – I don’t suppose I’ve ever felt so drained on the bike. What made it really feel even longer is that I rode nearly your complete day by myself, so it was tough to evaluate how exhausting to push over all of the rocks. On the finish it labored out okay as a result of I didn’t lose an excessive amount of time on the leaders and I’ve begin place for tomorrow, which may show actually essential. The bike is nice, my physique is feeling good, I’m blissful.”
Franco Caimi – P14
“It was a phenomenal however actually long and hard stage as we speak. I spent over 5 hours on the bike, and it has been very demanding bodily. However I felt higher on the bike than yesterday, and I’m blissful that we’re shifting ahead every day, bettering in each stage. There’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go, and I’m eager for the most effective.”
Tomorrow’s third stage of the 2023 Dakar Rally will depart the Alula bivouac within the path of Ha’il. This particular stage could have 447 kilometers, however the sandy and filth street would be the important course for the day, with far much less stones in comparison with Stage 2.
2023 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Outcomes
|1||(USA) MASON KLEIN||05H 23′ 04”|
|2||(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLER||+ 00H 01′ 09”|
|3||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||+ 00H 01′ 13”|
|4||(BWA) ROSS BRANCH||+ 00H 01′ 58”|
|5||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 02′ 16”|
|6||(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT||+ 00H 02′ 32”|
|7||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 03′ 10”|
|8||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 03′ 20”|
|9||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||+ 00H 03′ 24”|
|10||(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER||+ 00H 04′ 06”|
|11||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 04′ 23”|
|12||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||+ 00H 04′ 35”|
|13||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 04′ 41”|
|14||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 00H 05′ 06”|
|15||(USA) RICKY BRABEC||+ 00H 05′ 35”|
|16||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 05′ 54”|
|17||(ZAF) MICHAEL DOCHERTY||+ 00H 06′ 40”|
|18||(ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINA||+ 00H 07′ 14”|
|19||(ARG) DIEGO GAMALIEL LLANOS||+ 00H 10′ 13”|
|20||(ITA) PAOLO LUCCI||+ 00H 15′ 41”|
2023 Dakar Rally General – After Stage 2
|1||(USA) MASON KLEIN||09H 38′ 28”|
|2||(AUS) TOBY PRICE||+ 00H 01′ 41”|
|3||(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT||+ 00H 02′ 03”|
|4||(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES||+ 00H 02′ 25”|
|5||(AUS) DANIEL SANDERS||+ 00H 02′ 55”|
|6||(USA) RICKY BRABEC||+ 00H 04′ 21”|
|7||(USA) SKYLER HOWES||+ 00H 05′ 11”|
|8||(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA||+ 00H 05′ 16”|
|9||(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER||+ 00H 08′ 18”|
|10||(DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLER||+ 00H 08′ 34”|
|11||(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN||+ 00H 08′ 57”|
|12||(BWA) ROSS BRANCH||+ 00H 09′ 11”|
|13||(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO||+ 00H 10′ 18”|
|14||(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES||+ 00H 13′ 02”|
|15||(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO||+ 00H 14′ 47”|
|16||(ARG) FRANCO CAIMI||+ 00H 17′ 08”|
|17||(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUES||+ 00H 29′ 40”|
|18||(CZE) MARTIN MICHEK||+ 00H 29′ 59”|
|19||(ZAF) MICHAEL DOCHERTY||+ 00H 32′ 33”|
|20||(PRT) ANTONIO MAIO||+ 00H 32′ 34”|
2023 Dakar Rally Schedule
|Stage||Date||Begin and End||Complete | Particular|
|STAGE 3||January 3, 2023||ALULA > HA’IL||669 km | 447 km|
|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|