Argentinean Lucaino Benavides  won his third special on the Dakar while his teammate Skyler Howes has regained control of the general rankings, making it his 6th day on at the top of the Dakar 2023. Daniel Sanders finished with the second best time of the day, 1:38 behind the winner and Toby Price concludes the stage in 3rd, 1:56’ behind. In the general rankings, Howes leads in front of the two KTM bikes. Toby Price is only 28’’ behind and Kevin Benavides trails by 2:44. The Hondas ridden by Pablo Quintanilla and AVB are some way off the podium, 15 minutes behind.

Marking the first half of the event’s marathon stage, deep into the Empty Quarter region, day 11 at Dakar saw riders complete a timed special of 274 kilometers, predominantly made up of an endless expanse of dunes. Mason Klein was 27th today almost 20 minutes behind the winner. He is now 9th, more than half an hour behind Skyler Howes.

Luciano Benavides: “It was a really, really nice stage. I enjoyed racing through the dunes and was able to make up good time, too. There was a big variety today, some of the dunes were really big and in between the ground was very hard to judge as well, with lots of softer areas that could catch you out. The navigation was not too difficult today, the challenge came from trying to find the fastest line through the dunes. I did a good job and was able to make up some more time, which is great. I’m leading out again tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Skyler Howes: “It was a really fast stage today with lots of dunes – lots of big dunes! I found a good rhythm out there and was making good progress. I did get stuck in the soft sand on a couple of dunes and had to turn around to attack those again. There was one waypoint that I had to circle around to get properly as well. The bike is in great condition, which is great for the marathon stage, I just need to stay focused because the times in the standings are really close. I think it’s going to be like this all the way to the finish, which makes it pretty exciting.”

Mason Klein: “I feel like I’m not tired, but my head just hurts to hold it up. Every dune, when I go down, I feel like my head won’t go back, like I can barely hold my head. I also had a problem at the beginning where I lost much time, so that was silly. I hope I can rest now.”

2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 11 Provisional Classification

1. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:57:59
2. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 2:59:37
3. Toby Price (KTM) 2:59:55
4. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:00:08
5. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 3:00:53
6. Sebastian Buhler (Hero) 3:03:05
20. JACOB ARGUBRIGHT (Hus) 3H 10′ 53”
27. MASON KLEIN (KTM) 3H 17′ 34”
92. MORRISON HART (ARO) 6H 17′ 48”

2023 Dakar – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 11]

1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 38:47:43
2. Toby Price (KTM) 38:48:11
3. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 38:50:27
4. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 39:01:57
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 39:03:07
6. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 39:05:49
9. MASON KLEIN (KTM) 39H 19′ 18”
24. JACOB ARGUBRIGHT (Hus) 42H 43′ 17”

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