Dakar 2021 Stage 3, a 277km liaison and a 403 special loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir, took competitors across the big sand dunes once more and ended with Australian Toby Price (KTM) winning the stage, American Skyler Howes taking fourth place, and Argentinean Kevin Benavides (Honda) coming in second with Matthias Walkner (KTM) bouncing back and placing third. Joan Barreda Bort came in 30th, while last year’s Dakar champion Ricky Brabec fell back today coming in 25th, placing him 13th in the overall rankings while Howes is now first.

“Another fast day up front with the boys. This week has been one for the books, a wild one so far with the rubber band effect going on between all competitors”, Brabec commented today.

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For Skyler Howes, Stage 3 ended with an excellent result, and the American privateer says he’s there to do his best.

“Another fun day in the desert. I keep saying it, but I’m just having a lot of fun on the motorcycle. Today the dunes flowed really well and I felt comfortable there. Then we got out into the open desert on the really fast sandy tracks and I felt right at home. I told myself if I was feeling good, then I’d let it ride. I caught up with Chucky, Luciano, and Xavier and we all had this huge battle, like a four or five-way battle the whole way for the last hundred and fifty kilometers. It was a lot of fun, it really was and I’m just having a blast here in Saudi Arabia. You know what? I expect a lot out of myself. I hold myself to a high standard, but at the end of the day, I’m a privateer out here and I paid my own way to get here, so I’m just doing the best I can and having fun every day. At the end of the stage, whatever result I get, I’m usually happy with it, because I’m just on my dirt-bike”, Howes said after finishing the stage.

Tomorrow, the competitors will face a long, 476km liaison and a 337km special from Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Riyadh; the organizers say this will be the longest transfer stage during the rally, but that the short special doesn’t mean it’s time to relax.

Dakar 2021 Stage Three Rankings:

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 3
(AUS) TOBY PRICE
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 33′ 23”
2 47 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 03H 34′ 39” + 00H 01′ 16”
3 52 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 35′ 59” + 00H 02′ 36”
4 9 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 03H 39′ 39” + 00H 06′ 16”
5 5 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 41′ 47” + 00H 08′ 24”
6 12 HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 03H 42′ 13” + 00H 08′ 50”
7 6 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 03H 43′ 27” + 00H 10′ 04”
8 21 KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 44′ 45” + 00H 11′ 22”
9 19 SHERCO FACTORY 03H 45′ 42” + 00H 12′ 19”
10 4 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 03H 46′ 32” + 00H 13′ 09”
11 22 ORLEN TEAM 03H 47′ 34” + 00H 14′ 11”
12 77 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 03H 47′ 59” + 00H 14′ 36”
13 15 SHERCO FACTORY 03H 48′ 19” + 00H 14′ 56”
14 68 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 03H 48′ 50” + 00H 15′ 27”
15 87
(ESP) ORIOL MENA
FN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM 03H 49′ 20” + 00H 15′ 57”
16 42 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 03H 49′ 45” + 00H 16′ 22”
17 18 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 03H 49′ 47” + 00H 16′ 24”
18 27 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 03H 49′ 51” + 00H 16′ 28”
19 31 ORION – MOTO RACING GROUP 03H 50′ 26” + 00H 17′ 03”
20 36
(CZE) JAN BRABEC
STROJRENT RACING 03H 50′ 30” + 00H 17′ 07”
21 24 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 03H 51′ 26” + 00H 18′ 03”
22 11 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 03H 51′ 37” + 00H 18′ 14”
23 2 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 03H 52′ 38” + 00H 19′ 15”
24 74 FN SPEED – KTM TEAM 03H 53′ 01” + 00H 19′ 38”
25 1 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 03H 55′ 02” + 00H 21′ 39”
26 44
(ESP) LAIA SANZ
GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM 03H 56′ 00” + 00H 22′ 37”
27 33 SHERCO FACTORY 03H 56′ 41” + 00H 23′ 18”
28 17 FN SPEED – RIEJU TEAM 03H 56′ 46” + 00H 23′ 23”
29 54 TEAM BAINES RALLY 03H 57′ 48” + 00H 24′ 25”
30 88 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 03H 58′ 12” + 00H 24′ 49”

Featured image: Dakar.com

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