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Dakar 2021: Al-Attiyah already on the attack



The Qatari, triple winner of the rally-raid, took control of the general classification at the end of the 2nd stage.

Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) won the second stage of the Dakar 2021 in the car category, ahead of the two Mini of Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz, Monday between Bisha and Wadi ad-Dawasir, in Saudi Arabia. The three-time winner of the famous rally-raid covered the 457 kilometers of the special in 4 h 03 min 14 sec. Behind him, the two pilots of the Mini team engaged in a mano a mano, the Frenchman finally getting the better of the Spaniard, and finished respectively 2 min 35 sec and 9 min 17 sec behind the winner of the day.

Loeb at 36 minutes

“Super special, beautiful scenery. And really balanced between speed, the dunes and navigation ”, explained on his arrival Peterhansel, nicknamed“ Monsieur Dakar ”in reference to his record of thirteen victories in the Dakar. Overall, Peterhansel is ahead of Sainz, defending champion and winner of the first stage, by 6 min 37 sec and Al-Attiyah by 9 min 14 sec. The nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb occupies, behind the wheel of his buggy from the private BRX team, 7th place overall, 36 min 40 sec behind the leader after finishing the 2nd stage in 6th position.

In motorcycles, the Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda) won. The 38-year-old rider covered the 457 kilometers of the special in 4 h 17 min 56 sec and won in front of the defending champion, the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), 2nd at 3 min 55 sec, and the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna), runner-up in the 2020 edition, 3rd at 6 min 02 sec. Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) took sixth place on the stage on his birthday. “Today I am 30 years old and unlike yesterday when the terrain reminded me of my very big crash last year, this time I took out my adjustable wrench and I attacked, I am satisfied” , said the Northerner all smiles.

The stage was tight from start to finish, with the favorites rolling within seconds of each other until the finish. Overall, Barreda leads the standings with more than 6 minutes ahead of Ricky Brabec and Botswanan Ross Branch (Yamaha). Tuesday, the Dakar caravan remains in the region of Wadi Ad Dawasir, south-east of Riyadh, at the gates of an area nicknamed “the empty quarter” also known for its giant agricultural areas in the shape of green discs.

This 3rd stage will form a loop of 630 kilometers, including 403 km of special at the start and finish of Wadi ad Dawasir. Competitors will find cords of dunes, technical and slow courses as well as fast sections for this second edition of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia.

AUTOS
Classification of the 2nd stage:
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel (QAT / FRA / Toyota) 4 h 03:14.
2. Stéphane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger (FRA / FRA / Mini) at 2:35.
3. Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz (ESP / ESP / Mini) 9:17.
4. Yazeed Al Rajhi / Dirk Von Zitzewitz (KSA / GER / Toyota) 10:24.
5. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin (FRA / BEL / Century) 10:27.
6. Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (FRA / MON / Brx) 16:53.
7. Brian Baragwanath / Taye Perry (RSA / RSA / Century) 17:21.
8. Jakub Przygonski / Timo Göttschalk (POL / GER / Toyota) 17:49.
9. Vladimir Vasilyev / Dmitro Tsyro (RUS / UKR / Mini) 20:38.
10. Bernhard Ten Brinke / Tom Colsoul (NED / BEL / Toyota) 21:38.

General classification (after the 2nd of the twelve stages):
1. Stéphane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger (FRA / FRA / Mini) 7 h 17:18.
2. Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz (ESP / ESP / Mini) at 6:37.
3. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel (QAT / FRA / Toyota) 9:14.
4. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin (FRA / BEL / Century) 14:21.
5. Jakub Przygonski / Timo Göttschalk (POL / GER / Toyota) 24:27.
6. Yazeed Al Rajhi / Dirk Von Zitzewitz (KSA / GER / Toyota) 27:32.
7. Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (FRA / MON / Brx) 36:40.
8. Brian Baragwanath / Taye Perry (RSA / RSA / Century) 37:51.
9. Bernhard Ten Brinke / Tom Colsoul (NED / BEL / Toyota) 41:49.
10. Nani Roma / Alexandre Winocq (ESP / FRA / Brx) 41:55.

MOTORCYCLES
Classification of the 2nd stage:
1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP / Honda) 4h 17:56.
2. Ricky Brabec (USA / Honda) at 3:55.
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI / Husqvarna) 6:02.
4. Ross Branch (BOT / Yamaha) 11:54.
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHI / Honda) 12:06.
6. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA / Yamaha) 12:42.
7. Stefan Svitko (SVK / Ktm) 14:15.
8. Luciano Benavides (ARG / Husqvarna) 15:21.
9. Daniel Sanders (AUS / Ktm) 16:31.
10. Xavier De Soultrait (FRA / Husqvarna) 17:24.

General classification (after the 2nd of the twelve stages):
1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP / Honda) 8:15:38.
2. Ricky Brabec (USA / Honda) at 6:23.
3. Ross Branch (BOT / Yamaha) 6:37.
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI / Husqvarna) 7:16.
5. Xavier De Soultrait (FRA / Husqvarna) 8:25.
6. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA / Yamaha) 8:34.
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG / Husqvarna) 9:07. (penalty: 1:00.)
8. Skyler Howes (USA / Ktm) 9:31.
9. Stefan Svitko (SVK / Ktm) 10:23.
10. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP / Sherco Factory) 10:51.

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