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