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The sixth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, Arequipa - La Paz was shortened for the bike class due to the adverse weather conditions.
The first 119km of the timed section which saw the riders move from Peru to Bolivia was cancelled. As a result, stage 6 was shortened to 194km of racing against the clock. The stage 6 is also the last stage before the rest day.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider CS Santosh continued his consistent pace in the sixth stage and posted 37th fastest time amidst harsh conditions. The Indian rider is placed in 52nd position in the overall standings. Santosh's teammate Oriol Mena finished the stage in 22nd spot, and after six days of rallying, he is in 20th place in the general rankings.
The lone warrior for the Sherco TVS, Juan Pedrero Garcia showed impressive pace to finish the stage in 15th position. He now holds the same position in the overall standings. The other two riders, Adrien Metge and Aravind KP crashed out of the rally suffering injuries.
In the bikes category, stage 6 victory went to KTM rider Antoine Meo. Honda rider Kevin Benavides was the second fastest rider in the sixth stage, and he also took the rally lead. He holds a narrow lead over Adrien van Beveren. Matthias Walkner is in the third position in the general standings.
In the quads category, the sixth stage was won by Argentina rider Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli in his Yamaha quad. Ignacio Casale holds the overall lead. Alexis Hernandez and Pablo Copetti rounded top off the top three riders in the overall standings.
In the cars category, veteran driver Carlos Sainz took the stage win in his Peugeot. His teammate Stephane Peterhansel holds the overall rally lead as the Spanish driver is just 27 minutes adrift the leader. Bernhard ten Brinke is in the third position in the general standings.
In the trucks class, Argentina driver Federico Villagra was the fastest man in the sixth stage driving his Iveco truck. Russian driver Eduard Nikolaev is the overall rally leader ahead of Villagra. Siarhei Viazovich is placed in the third spot in the general rankings.
2018 Dakar Stage 6 Results
- Antoine Meo (FRA) KTM
- Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda
- Toby Price (AUS) KTM
- Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli (ARG) Yamaha
- Pablo Copetti (ARG) Yamaha
- Nelson Augusto Sanabria Galeano (PRY) Yamaha
- Carlos Sainz (ESP) Peugeot
- Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Peugeot
- Nasser Al-attiyah (QAT) Toyota
- Federico Villagra (ARG) Iveco
- Martin Kolomy (CZE) Tatra
- Ton Van Genugten (NLD) Iveco
The Dakar Rally 2018 has reached its halfway point with the completion of six stages. The crews will get a deserved rest day in La Paz before they hit the stage 7, a 425km test. The first half of the rally was eventful with the exit of some of the big names. The upcoming stages will be equally tough for the crews as they discover new terrains.