As the Dakar Stage 11 between Shubaytah and Haradh, a 365km liaison and a 379km special, closed to an end, Pablo Quintanilla took the stage win today. The Chilean went into an aggresive riding mode and has been racing after Matthias Walkner, eventually taking the win by mere nine seconds. Currently, Quintanilla is in the second position in the overall rankings.

Ricky Brabec came in 10th today, having lost time but still holding the first position in the overall. Going steady is a good strategy now that the second part of the marathon is over, and tomorrow will be the deciding day. Brabec has a lead of over thirteen minutes after today.

Dakar 2020 Stage 11

“I rode at about 70% today, just trying to preserve my body and the bike. Tomorrow is a really big day”, Brabec commented.

Toby Price seems to have made peace with the fact that he’s unlikely to win the Dakar for the third time, and had some words of support for the Honda team. “Honda is doing a good job, the riders are riding hard and they’re riding smart”, Price said.

Quintanilla or Brabec? Tomorrow will show.

Today’s rankings:

1 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 09′ 22”
2 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 09′ 31” + 00H 00′ 09”
3 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 12′ 10” + 00H 02′ 48”
4 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 12′ 15” + 00H 02′ 53”
5 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 15′ 11” + 00H 05′ 49”
6 28 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 15′ 44” + 00H 06′ 22”
7 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 16′ 27” + 00H 07′ 05”
8 6 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 17′ 33” + 00H 08′ 11”
9 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 18′ 10” + 00H 08′ 48”
10 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 21′ 10” + 00H 11′ 48”
11 18 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 04H 21′ 27” + 00H 12′ 05”
12 74 FN SPEED TEAM 04H 26′ 44” + 00H 17′ 22”
13 25 LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG 04H 26′ 52” + 00H 17′ 30”
14 19 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 27′ 20” + 00H 17′ 58”
15 35 ORLEN TEAM 04H 30′ 53” + 00H 21′ 31”
16 11 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 31′ 23” + 00H 22′ 01”
17 14 GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM 04H 33′ 14” + 00H 23′ 52”
18 56 YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA 04H 33′ 32” + 00H 24′ 10”
19 53 YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING 04H 34′ 44” + 00H 25′ 22”
20 59 KLYMCIW RACING 04H 37′ 18” + 00H 27′ 56”

Overall rankings, top ten:

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 38H 33′ 28”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 38H 47′ 24” + 00H 13′ 56”
3 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 38H 56′ 02” + 00H 22′ 34” 00H 02′ 00”
4 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 39H 03′ 21” + 00H 29′ 53”
5 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 39H 06′ 04” + 00H 32′ 36” 00H 01′ 00”
6 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 39H 08′ 46” + 00H 35′ 18”
7 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 39H 18′ 37” + 00H 45′ 09” 00H 15′ 00”
8 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 40H 12′ 42” + 01H 39′ 14” 00H 05′ 00”
9 59 KLYMCIW RACING 40H 32′ 57” + 01H 59′ 29”
10 6 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 40H 40′ 04” + 02H 06′ 36” 00H 30′ 00”

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