A brutally early start, 219 kilometers of liaison and a 453 km special stage from Neom to Al ‘Ula marked the Dakar 2020 Stage 4. US rider Ricky Brabec came in fifth today and is now first in the general rankings.

Dakar 2020 Stage 4: A Good Day for Honda

Ross Branch came back even stronger after yesterday’s fall and secured third place. Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo and Argentinean Kevin Benavides brought great news for Honda today, taking a stage win and a second-place, whereas Yamaha seems to be done: Xavier de Soultrait tried to soldier on but eventually decided to withdraw after the first 300 km as his wrist injury proved to be more serious. With Adrien van Beveren injured as well, Yamaha has lost the two best riders and is unlikely to recover at this point.

Dakar 2020 Stage 4: A Good Day for Honda

If today was exhausting because of large, sharp rocks, tomorrow is the day of the dunes; motorcycles are starting first again, meaning little sleep for the riders.

Dakar 2020 Stage 4 rankings:

1 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 24′ 51”
2 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 25′ 26” + 00H 00′ 35”
3 18 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 04H 25′ 46” + 00H 00′ 55”
4 8 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 04H 27′ 02” + 00H 02′ 11”
5 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 27′ 39” + 00H 02′ 48”
6 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 27′ 50” + 00H 02′ 59”
7 20 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 28′ 43” + 00H 03′ 52”
8 3 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 29′ 40” + 00H 04′ 49” 00H 05′ 00”
9 59 KLYMCIW RACING 04H 29′ 43” + 00H 04′ 52”
10 24 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 31′ 15” + 00H 06′ 24”
11 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 32′ 16” + 00H 07′ 25” 00H 05′ 00”
12 19 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 32′ 25” + 00H 07′ 34”
13 6 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 32′ 45” + 00H 07′ 54”
14 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 32′ 54” + 00H 08′ 03”
15 11 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 33′ 19” + 00H 08′ 28”
16 74 FN SPEED TEAM 04H 35′ 34” + 00H 10′ 43”
17 25 LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG 04H 37′ 05” + 00H 12′ 14”
18 56 YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA 04H 37′ 44” + 00H 12′ 53”
19 132 MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) 04H 37′ 45” + 00H 12′ 54”
20 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 39′ 49” + 00H 14′ 58”

Images: ASO

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