Sanders loses Dakar lead due to penalty
Monday 2nd January, 2023 - 6:14am
Red Bull GasGas’s Daniel Sanders has lost the overall lead of the Dakar Rally after he was among several riders to be penalised following the completion of Stage 1.
The Australian had set the pace on the 367km special which saw competitors head down the coast from the Sea Camp, but has now had two minutes added to his time.
With various sanctions now applied, Sanders drops to sixth on the day at 1:50s behind new stage winner, Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec.
In the overall standings, he is fifth, 45 seconds behind Brabec, who also becomes the new leader in that classification at 19 seconds over Red Bull KTM’s Kevin Benavides.
Fellow Red Bull KTM rider Toby Price moves to third overall, 39 seconds behind Brabec, having initially been classified 1:54s off the pace before Sanders, among others, were hit with time penalties.
In fact, a total of 43 were issued.
The most common was for ‘Over speed SS’, ‘SS’ being ‘Selective Section’, which is tracks or section of road open to the public that are not counted as part of the special.
Among the riders pinged for that offence were both Sanders and Joan Barreda Bort (Monster Energy JB Honda), the latter of whom had been classified second overall, although he only had the one minute added to his time.
Pablo Quintanilla (Monster Energy Honda) was slapped with an extra two minutes and Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero Motosports) copped a full six of them.
Matthias Walkner (Red Bull KTM), however, had 12:26s credited to his stage time after stopping to assist Sanders’ team-mate, fellow Dakar champion Sam Sunderland, who crashed just 52km into the special and was airlifted to hospital.
Walkner is now officially 10th overall, 5:26s behind Brabec.
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Overall classification: Bikes Top 10, Updated
|1||Ricky BRABEC||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||04:14:10|
|2||Kevin BENAVIDES||ARG||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+0:00:19|
|3||Toby PRICE||AUS||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+0:00:39|
|4||Joan BARREDA BORT||ESP||Monster Energy JB Team||+0:00:45|
|5||Daniel SANDERS||AUS||Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing||+0:00:45|
|6||Mason KLEIN||USA||BAS World KTM Racing Team||+0:01:14|
|7||Pablo QUINTANILLA||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||+0:02:07|
|8||Adrien VAN BEVEREN||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||+0:04:17|
|9||Skyler HOWES||USA||Husqvarna Factory Racing||+0:05:12|
|10||Matthias WALKNER||AUT||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+0:05:26|