Sanders loses Dakar lead post-stage for second time

Daniel Sanders is still classified the winner of Dakar Stage 3 but has lost the overall lead

Daniel Sanders is still classified the winner of Dakar Stage 3 but has lost the overall lead

Red Bull GasGas rider Daniel Sanders has lost his provisional Dakar Rally lead for the second time in three days after a change to the Stage 3 classification.

The Australian is still the stage winner on the provisional results issued a short time ago, at 21:40 local time/05:40 AEDT, but by a margin of just 1:07s over Mason KleinĀ (BAS World KTM).

The latter is thus the overall leader with a 1:48s gap to Sanders, whose total event time remains unchanged relative to that reported earlier.

With no penalties report yet issued, the reason for the change is unclear.

The Clerk of Course had advised of an adjustment of the stage classification due to the need to stop the race as a result of the unavailability of the rescue helicopter for the Bikes and Quads competitors.

However, the first 43 competitors to reach the finish line kept their time.

That Clerk of Course notification reads as follows:

Due to the impossibility of intervention of the aerial rescue means (helicopters) dedicated to the stage of Bikes/Quad, the race was stopped.

The Race Direction has decided the following:

For the Rally GP, Rally 2 and QUAD categories:

  • The first 43 competitors to cross the finish line keep their time achieved in the selective section.
  • The other competitors have a selective section time calculated according to their respective time at CP3 km 377.06 or at CP2 km 334.65.

Klein had initially been classified 6:59s slower on the stage.

Despite no longer being classified overall leader, Sanders will still have to open the road on Stage 4 given he remains the Stage 3 winner.

UPDATE: Sanders restored to event lead after amendment to stage results

Overall classification: Bikes Top 10

Pos Rider Nat Team Time/Gap
1 Mason KLEIN USA BAS World KTM Racing Team 14:03:50
2 Daniel SANDERS AUS Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing +0:01:48
3 Skyler HOWES USA Husqvarna Factory Racing +0:07:09
4 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:10:41
5 Joan BARREDA BORT ESP Monster Energy JB Team +0:12:25
6 Toby PRICE AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:12:48
7 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +0:18:44
8 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +0:23:18
9 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:23:50
10 Ross BRANCH BOT Hero Motosports Team Rally +0:25:30

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