2018 Dakar Stage 5 Results, Motorcycle
The battles between KTM, Honda and Yamaha continue in the 2018 Dakar Rally. Monster Energy Honda CRF 450 Rally pilot Joan Barreda Bort claimed the stage 5 win, which was his second stage victory (other was stage 2).
Joining the Spaniard on the Dakar stage 5 podium were Red Bull KTM’s Matthias Walkner (Australia) and Monster Energy Honda’s Kevin Benavides (Argentina).
But due to his stage 4 win, and fifth place during stage 5, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has claimed the overall lead. Van Beveren of France is now one minute ahead of Benavides in the overall standings. Walkner is 1:14 minutes behind.
“I am really happy with my riding today,” says Adrien Van Beveren. “It was a difficult stage and in some parts the sand was so soft the bikes were sinking. I rode together with Xavier, we helped each other when necessary.
“I am happy with this team spirit, and this is actually really important in such a long race. I tried to push hard today in the sand. There were parts where it was so difficult to keep it on two wheels, but it all went good for me. My WR450F Rally machine is running great so far. I am happy we stayed in front of all other riders all day today and it proved we are strong as a team and each one of us individually. The race is long and I will keep pushing hard.”
Stage five brought the motorcycle riders through technical and hard-to-navigate sand dunes, along with fesh-fesh, a fine sand that looks solid but behaves like mud, and some high-speed tracks loaded with stone.
As for the notable Americans, Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec finished ninth, and is 10th overall after five of 14 stages. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing FR 450 Rally pilot Andrew Short, a former Supercross racer, finished 23rd, and is 23rd overall.
As for the reigning Dakar Rally Champion Sam Sunderland, who claimed a 16th-straight Dakar win for KTM last year, the stage one and three winner crashed during stage 4. He was forced to abandon the 2018 Dakar Rally.
2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5 Results, Motorcycle
ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN
|YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM||14h 37′ 40”|
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||14h 38′ 40”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||14h 38′ 54”|
JOAN BARREDA BORT
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||14h 45′ 13”|
XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT
|YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM||14h 45′ 22”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||14h 48′ 19”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||14h 49′ 52”|
GERARD FARRES GUELL
|HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.||14h 53′ 04”|
|ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING||14h 53′ 52”|
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||15h 03′ 28”|
|SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM||15h 04′ 02”|
JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||15h 05′ 03”|
|GAS GAS MOTORSPORT||15h 15′ 43”|
DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER
|HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING||15h 25′ 39”|
JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA
|SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY||15h 27′ 45”|
|KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM||15h 31′ 31”|
|YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM||15h 34′ 24”|
|KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM||15h 35′ 30”|
DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS
|HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.||15h 43′ 20”|
JONATHAN BARRAGAN NEVADO
|GAS GAS MOTORSPORT||15h 44′ 07”|
|HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY||15h 45′ 26”|
|BOTTURI ALESSANDRO||15h 45′ 52”|
|ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING||15h 48′ 51”|
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||15h 57′ 55”|
DIEGO MARTIN DUPLESSIS
|MEC TEAM||15h 59′ 39”|