Sainz trims Peterhansel's lead with first Dakar stage win

Sainz trims Peterhansel's lead with first Dakar stage win

Benavides himself overtook previous leader Adrien Van Beveren after putting in a near flawless performance to finish in second place in stage six, tying with Australian Toby Price.

On the flip side, and there always seems to be one in the Dakar Rally, 2017 champion Sam Sunderland will not be 2018 Dakar Rally Champion. I was feeling a bit exhausted in the morning as I didn't have a good sleep, so it took me a little time to get going in the stage. "So even if there were a lot of straights today and it wasn't so exciting it's nice to have a change...five days of sand is too much". As was noticed by team manager David Casteau, the Spaniard attacked the leading pack in the soft sand while choosing wisely to back off in other demanding stretches. Aravind was also unable to complete the Dakar Rally in 2017 when he debuted with the Sherco TVS team after suffering two crashes. We wish the Indian rider a speedy recovery and we are sure he will be back stronger for next year's race.

CS Santosh played it safe, and ended the stage in 52nd position. Teammate and Dakar rookie Oriol Mena did considerably better finishing the stage in 23rd place and 21st overall.

"It was a really hard day". I was feeling a bit exhausted in the morning as I didn't have a good sleep, so it took me a little time to get going in the stage. The stage was tough, especially the last 50 km or so. The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager, who was making his debut in the rally, felt back pains after his auto crashed against a sand dune in the fourth stage. It took everything that I had and the machine had to make it through today. "One more day to go before the much deserved rest day", he added. With organisers separating the route for different categories, the cars and trucks were the first to make their way through the mammoth 774km route, followed by the quads and bikes.

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Meanwhile, Aravind KP is recovering from his nasty crash of Stage 5.

The retirement of Aravind has left Sherco TVS with only a single rider, Joan Pedrero. On completion of stage 5 he said, "I am happy to have arrived and to have been able to keep my bike intact".

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