Sports writing, Jan 10 (EFE) .- The British Sam Sunderland (Gas Gas) regained the leadership in the motorcycle category a day after losing it, after winning the eighth stage of the Dakar, disputed between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasair, in which he dominated at every checkpoint.
He succeeded, as the Spanish Lorenzo Santolino warned yesterday Sunday, since those who did well in the seventh stage suffered in the eighth. They were penalized to open the track and the general looks again like what it was on the rest day.
The one who got into the fight more fully was the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla. He finished second at 2’53 ”behind Sunderland and is only five minutes and 30 seconds behind overall. The Honda man is chasing his first Dakar victory.
Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM) finished third in the stage, allowing him to maintain his second overall position and Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) fell from the lead to third.
395 kilometers of timed section (special) that were long for the Chilean Nacho Cornejo (Honda), winner of the seventh stage, and the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda), since both were lost before reaching the penultimate checkpoint and they gave about eight minutes to their rivals.
The Spaniard, who competes with great pain due to a broken clavicle, climbs from eighth to fifth place overall, 14’38 ”behind Sunderland.
This means that the current champion, Argentine Kevin Benavides, is once again behind in his fight to revalidate the crown. From the first checkpoint, the KTM was far from the leaders and ended up leaving 15 minutes and two seconds in the day this Monday.
First five classified of the eighth stage:
1 – Sam Sunderland (GBR-Gas Gas): 3h48’2”
2 – Pablo Quintanilla (CHI-Honda): at 2’53 ”
3 – Matthias Walkner (AUT-KTM): a 4’11”
4 – Ricky Brabec (USA-Honda): a 6’44”
5 – Mason Klein (USA-KTM): a 8’8”.