DAKAR STAGE 13, BRABEC DROPS OUT
American Ricky Brabec has unable to finish the first special today after suffering an electrical problem. Brabec was in fourth provisional position on the day and in sixth overall spot. His Monster Energy HRC teammate José Ignacio Cornejo, riding the bike of Portuguese retiree Paulo Gonçalves, today stopped to try and help out Brabec, but was not able to assist him and get the American back into the race. In spite of conceding 45 minutes, the Cornejo still remains in the top ten in the general rankings of the race.
The stage itself was won by Toby Price for the second consecutive time. The Aussie is determined to cut into the lead of his Red Bull KTM teammate Matthias Walkner. With only one day left, Walkner still maintains a 22 minute lead over Kevin Benevidez and 27 minutes over Price.
Andrew Short also had a rough day, but succeeded in bringing in his Husqvarna in 35th. “Today was tough – really tough. The stage was so long and at this point in the rally it was especially tiring. The beginning of the special was really soft and it was difficult to get a good rhythm going. The later half was on much faster tracks and it was flat out for a lot of the way. I didn’t push too hard because a crash there would have been pretty extreme. I’m happy to get to the finish and now, with only one day left, I’m looking forward to completing my first Dakar Rally.” Short is in 17th while Mark Samuels is in 21st. Shane Esposito is 25th and Bill Conger is 65th.
2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 13 Provisional Classification
1. Toby Price (KTM) 04:48:33
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 04:50:36
3. Antoine Meo (KTM) 04:51:17
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 05:00:05
5. Joan Pedrero (Sherco) 05:03:45
6. Johnny Aubert (Gas Gas) 05:04:43
2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 13
1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 41:33:42
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 41:56:13
3. Toby Price (KTM) 42:01:27
4. Antoine Meo (KTM) 42:23:59
5. Gerard Farres (KTM) 42:35:01
6. Johnny Aubert (Gas Gas) 43:27:54
7. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 43:40:31
17. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 45:38:22