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The tenth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally has come to an end. With only two more stages to go, the leader board has completely changed. The desert continues its reign over the participants with a couple of retirements by the end of the stage.
Stage 10 of the 2021 Dakar Rally was held between Neom and AlUla. Today's stage covered a total distance of 583 kilometres with 342 kilometres of the Special stage. Participants had to tackle a mix of sandy and muddy terrain at the start of the special stage.
Several sandy tracks allowed riders and drivers to quicken the pace, but they had to be careful not to get lost because of a navigation error. It continues to be the biggest challenge for competitors opening the stage in this year's edition of the Dakar Rally.
Much like the yesterday, all three podium places of the tenth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally was won by Monster Energy Honda Team 2021 riders. Taking the top step is Ricky Brabec, followed by Joan Barreda Bort, who took second and Kevin Benavides who took third overall.
However, the race leader Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo suffers an unfortunate crash after 250 kilometres into the special stage. Despite the injuries, the Chilean rider completed the stage over 11 minutes behind the leader. Upon a medical examination by the ASO doctors, he had to throw in the towel for the remainder of the race.
Speaking about Indians in the 2021 Dakar Rally, Harith Noah has outperformed himself to secure another top 20 finish in the race. The Sherco Factory Rally Team rider has completed the Stage 10 in 16th position overall. He improves his General Standings by place to rank in 24th position.
Lorenzo Santolino who is currently leading the charge for the Sherco Factory Rally Team has completed in 9th position. While his teammate Rui Goncalves finishes Stage 10 in 19th position, overall. After Stage 10 Lorenzo Santolino is placed 7th in the General Standings for the TVS sponsored Sherco Factory Rally Team.
Hero MotoSports Rally Team riders continue their steady charge to the finish line of the 2021 Dakar Rally race. Their top man Joaquim Rodrigues posts another tenth place finish for the team. While his teammate Sebastian Buhler finishes the tenth stage in 21st position overall. After today's stage, Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Buhler are placed 11th and 16th in the General Standings, respectively.
Ashish Raorane currently competing in the Dakar Rally Experience programme has crossed the finish line with another 60th place finish. Although he won't be classified into the General Standings, completing stages will certainly help the rider to prepare for the next edition of the rally race.
Laia Sanz who is riding for the Gas Gas Factory Team continues her consistent perfromance to complete in 30th position overall. She is now placed in 20th position in General Standings with over 30 minutes in lead to the next participant.
Ricky Brabec, the winner of Stage 10 of 2021 Dakar Rally, said, "I'm sure Nacho has a lot of pressure. Leading the Dakar is not easy. I don't think there's a lot of pressure from the team, but for a personal goal, I think he has a lot of pressure. He's a young kid, he's been riding well all week, he's been surprising everybody. He's the best navigator at this rally. We all know we all wanna win. Winning is the best thing there is in life. There's no real team orders."
After the latest stage, the General Standings of 2021 Dakar Rally is completely changed. Kevin Benavides riding for the Monster Energy Honda Team 2021 has taken the lead from his teammate Ricky Brabec by 51 seconds. While Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory Team) continues to hold his 3rd position in the General Standings of the rally.
Hero MotoSport Rally Team Standings
10th Position - Joaquim Rodrigues [03:28:57]
21st Position - Sebastian Buhler [03:56:04]
9th Position - Lorenzo Santolino [03:27:41]
16th Position - Harith Noah [03:38:16]
19th Position - Rui Goncalves [03:44:47]
60th Position - Ashish Raorane [05:31:20]
1st Position - Ricky Brabec [03:12:33] (Monster Energy Honda Team 2021)
2nd Position - Joan Barreda Bort [03:15:48] (Monster Energy Honda Team 2021)
3rd Position - Kevin Benavides [03:17:44] (Monster Energy Honda Team 2021)
Pablo Copetti (MX Devesa By Berta)
Yazeed Al Rajhi & Dirk Von Zitzewitz (Overdrive Toyota)
Austin Jones & Gustavo Gugelmin (Monster Energy CAN-AM)
Martin Macik, Frantisek Tomasek & David Svanda (Big Shock Racing)
Hero MotoSport Rally Team Standings
11th Position - Joaquim Rodrigues
16th Position - Sebastian Buhler
7th Position - Lorenzo Santolino
21st Position - Rui Goncalves
24th Position - Harith Noah
1st Position - Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda Team 2021)
2nd Position -Ricky Brabec (Monster Energy Honda Team 2021)
3rd Position - Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory Team)
Manuel Andujar (7240 Team)
Stephane Peterhansel & Edouard Boulanger (X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM)
Francisco Lopez Contardo & Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre (South Racing CAN-AM)
Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev & Ilgiz Akhmetzianov (Kamaz - Master)
Thoughts About The 2021 Dakar Rally Stage 10 Result & Highlights
The Shero Factory Rally Team rider, Harith Noah continues his charge towards the finish line of the 2021 Dakar Rally. He has posted another top 20 Stage finish and inches closer to place himself to under 20 in General Standings.
On the other hand, Hero MotoSports Rally Team continue to improve their position in General Standings of the race. Only two more days of racing left and the leaderboard is split by 51 seconds in the Moto category.