Dakar 2020 Stage 5 consisted of 211 km liaison and 353 km special; the Al Ula to Ha’il route turned the results upside down again with Toby Price winning the stage and Sam Sunderland suffering a crash and having to withdraw due to shoulder and spine injuries.

Dakar 2020 Stage 5: Price Wins Stage, Sunderland Out

Andrew Short. Image: ASO

Ricky Brabec came in fourth today, still holding first place in the general rankings. Another American rider, Andrew Short, made it to the top three today. Is this Dakar going to be lucky for the US – and Honda, who now has three riders among the top five?

Stage rankings of today are as follows:

1 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 57′ 33”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 03H 58′ 45” + 00H 01′ 12”
3 6 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 00′ 04” + 00H 02′ 31”
4 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 00′ 36” + 00H 03′ 03”
5 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 04′ 27” + 00H 06′ 54”
6 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 06′ 40” + 00H 09′ 07”
7 18 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 04H 07′ 15” + 00H 09′ 42”
8 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 08′ 06” + 00H 10′ 33”
9 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 09′ 38” + 00H 12′ 05”
10 8 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 04H 10′ 48” + 00H 13′ 15”
11 19 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 11′ 25” + 00H 13′ 52”
12 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 12′ 20” + 00H 14′ 47”
13 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 12′ 30” + 00H 14′ 57”
14 74 FN SPEED TEAM 04H 12′ 54” + 00H 15′ 21”
15 24 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 13′ 21” + 00H 15′ 48”
16 20 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 13′ 40” + 00H 16′ 07”
17 11 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 13′ 53” + 00H 16′ 20”
18 59 KLYMCIW RACING 04H 15′ 55” + 00H 18′ 22”
19 28 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 16′ 22” + 00H 18′ 49”
20 41 SOLARYS RACING 04H 20′ 42” + 00H 23′ 09”

With one more stage before the rest day, riders are already feeling the fatigue. “Right now I’m just tired, and we’re not even half way yet. During the second part of the Dakar, you just become a robot”, Arunas Gelaznikas, a privateer rider, has said.

When asked about the organization and the vibe in Saudi Arabia, most riders say they’re happy with the way the rally is organized. The only difference comparing Saudi Arabia and South America, it seems, is the number of fans. Saudi locals just aren’t into Rally Dakar… yet. Perhaps the local fanbase will grow over the years, as the Dakar will remain in Saudi Arabia until 2024.

Images: ASO

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