Dakar – Dakar motorcycle 2020 stage 9: first victory for Quintanilla (Husqvarna) –

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Dakar motorcycle 2020 stage 9: first victory for Quintanilla (Husqvarna)

Dakar - Dakar motorcycle 2020 stage 9: first victory for Quintanilla (Husqvarna) -

Pablo Quintanilla’s first stage victory in Saudi Arabia allows the official Husqvarna rider to nibble four minutes from the leader of the provisional, Ricky Brabec on his Honda. Toby Price (KTM) limits the breakage in second place, but remains far away overall.

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Relatively discreet in pure performance, but constantly at the forefront: the so far defensive strategy of Pablo Quintanilla has earned him a good second place overall behind Ricky Brabec after nine days of racing and the cancellation of the stage 8, tragically died following a fall on Sunday…  

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The Husqvarna rider – 4th in the previous Dakar – is working to achieve a "reasonable" rise in power, scalded by his last stage which ended with a double ankle fracture last year. This frustrating and painful injury deprived him of competition for seven months before seeing him return to victory this summer at home, during the Atacama rally (Chile).

The n ° 5, still so fast, decided to go on the offensive on the occasion of the ninth stage of the Dakar 2020, between Wadi Al Dawasir and Haradh (Saudi Arabia): 450 km of link as a " warm-up "early this morning for a total to cover of 716 km. Quintanilla took the lead at Km 244 of the timed section, succeeding Benavides (Honda), Brabec (Honda) and Price (KTM) who in turn paved the way.

Quintanilla wins with cracks in the kits !

The four competitors remained grouped together with time gaps of between 30 and 40 seconds after 350 km of special! Slowed down by a minor fall, Joan Barreda then admirably whipped his official Honda to come back to this top quartet. "Bang Bang" still has a hell of a speed !

Pablo Quintanilla will eventually forge a small margin of lead of around two minutes, sufficient to secure his first victory on the superb Saudi tracks ahead of Toby Price and Joan Barreda. This success confirms the progress recorded by the Chilean on his official Husqvarna, remember it modeled on the factory KTMs.

"The Husqvarna FR 450 Rally Factory is the best bike I can have to tackle the Dakar," describes Quintanilla, who is competing in its 8th edition. "It is now a little lighter and we have also improved the reliability of the parts".

The Husqvarna factory rider dedicates this victory to Paulo Gonçalves, whom he has thought about throughout this first motorcycle stage disputed since the death of the Portuguese rider on his Hero…. 

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"It was quite difficult to concentrate after what happened for Paulo," he explains. "But after the refueling I managed to attack well and in the end I win the stage, so I’m happy for that. I dedicate it to Paulo".

Towards the end of KTM hegemony ?

Despite this stage success, Quintanilla is still far from being able to worry the leader of the provisional classification: Ricky Brabec – 4th in the stage at 3’55 – keeps almost 21 minutes ahead of the Chilean. Fast and consistent, the American HRC driver confirms his grip on the rally.

If he were to win, Brabec would put an end to a long domination of KTM in the Dakar: the Austrian brand has 18 consecutive successes, sorry! Honda for its part has not won for 31 years (!) And the victory of the French Gilles Lalay in 1989, on the NRX800V. Suffice to say that the Japanese manufacturer is impatiently awaiting a return to the foreground !

The defending champion, Toby Price, continues to defend the Orange colors to the best of his ability in third place in the provisional. But the Australian took only two short minutes today at Brabec, which takes advantage of the speed of the CRF450 on this mostly fast course: Price still accuses 26’43 on the official Honda !

On the Yamaha side, Franco Caimi is still the best representative of the Iwata brand thanks to his 11th place on the stage: the Argentinian, for a while in the Top 5 this morning, is in 8th place overall with 1’21.04 behind . He is predeceased by the KTM of Luciano Benavides, Kevin’s younger brother at HRC. Laia Sanz, first female driver, is in 17th place in the provisional on her Gas Gas. 

Far 42nd at the finish, Adrien Metge remains the leading French driver in 12th place on his Sherco. Emmanuel Geynes leads the courageous "trunk-motorbike" category, now renamed "Original by Motul", i.e. the riders who compete in the race without assistance: equipment, spare parts and tents are transported by truck to the bivouac in a trunk (video above).

Results of stage 8 of the Dakar motorcycle 2020

  1.  PABLO QUINTANILLA ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 
  2.  TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 01 ’54’ ‘
  3.  JOAN BARREDA BORT MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 02 ’42’ ‘
  4.  RICKY BRABEC MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 03 ’55’ ‘
  5.  ROSS BRANCH LOW DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 00H 05 ’30’ ‘
  6.  KEVIN BENAVIDES MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 05 ’50’ ‘
  7.  LUCIANO BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 06 ’08’ ‘
  8.  JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 06 ’23’ ‘
  9.  ANDREW SHORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING + 00H 06 ’57’ ‘
  10.  MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 08 ’07’ ‘
  11.  FRANCO CAIMI MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 00H 09 ’28’ ‘
  12.  JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG + 00H 10 ’36’ ‘
  13.  MARTIN MICHEK MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 00H 11 ’07’ ‘
  14.  JAUME BETRIU FN SPEED TEAM + 00H 11 ’54’ ‘
  15.  SKYLER HOWES KLYMCIW RACING + 00H 13 ’17’ ‘
  16.  GARRETT POUCHER KLYMCIW RACING + 00H 14 ’19’ ‘
  17.  STEFAN SVITKO SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM + 00H 14 ’49’ ‘
  18.  RODNEY FAGGOTTER YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA + 00H 14 ’57’ ‘
  19.  JAMIE MCCANNEY MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 00H 16 ’13’ ‘
  20.  MACIEJ GIEMZA ORLEN TEAM + 00H 16 ’40’ ‘
  21.  JACOPO CERUTTI SOLARYS RACING + 00H 17 ’16’ ‘
  22.  LAIA SANZ GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM + 00H 18 ’26’ ‘
  23.  MAURIZIO GERINI SOLARYS RACING + 00H 19 ’52’ ‘
  24.  SEBASTIEN LAGUT NOMADE RACING + 00H 20 ’15’ ‘
  25.  MARIO PATRAO KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 26 ’55’ ‘
  26.  MILAN ENGEL MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 00H 27 ’51’ ‘
  27.  BENJAMIN MELOT BENJAMIN MELOT + 00H 29 ’10’ ‘
  28.  HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTIL SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 00H 32 ’00’ ‘
  29.  PATRICIO CABRERA FN SPEED TEAM + 00H 33 ’12’ ‘
  30.  JAN BRABEC BIG SHOCK RACING + 00H 33 ’41’ ‘
  31.  PAUL SPIERINGS HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 00H 34 ’34’ ‘
  32.  EMANUEL GYENES AUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM + 00H 35 ’16’ ‘
  33.  OLIVIER PAIN TEAM JOG – NOMADE RACING + 00H 38 ’16’ ‘
  34.  FAUSTO MOTA XRAIDS TEAM + 00H 38 ’29’ ‘
  35.  LOIC MINAUDIER TEAM ALL TRACKS + 00H 38 ’50’ ‘
  36.  CARL JOHAN BJERKERT HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 00H 39 ’30’ ‘
  37.  ANTONIO MAIO YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING + 00H 39 ’45’ ‘
  38.  EDWIN STRAVER EDWIN STRAVER + 00H 40 ’44’ ‘
  39.  FLORENT VAYSSADE TEAM VAYSSADE FLORENT + 00H 42 ’38’ ‘
  40.  ANTHONY BOURSAUD ANTHO MOTO SPORT – DRAG’ON RALLY TEAM + 00H 43 ’41’ ‘
  41.  ABDULLAH AL SHATTI DUUST RALLY TEAM + 00H 44 ’10’ ‘
  42.  ADRIEN METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 00H 46 ’26’ ‘
  43.  ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS + 00H 48 ’37’ ‘
  44.  MYUNGGUL RYU KLYMCIW RACING + 00H 50 ’15’ ‘
  45.  PETR VLCEK PETR VLCEK + 00H 51 ’37’ ‘
  46.  MIRJAM POL HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 00H 51 ’50’ ‘
  47.  SIMON MARCIC MARCIC + 00H 54 ’55’ ‘
  48.  ROMAIN LELOUP TEAM REPAR’STORES + 00H 56 ’10’ ‘
  49.  ZHANG MIN WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM + 00H 59 ’47’ ‘
  50.  CHARLIE HERBST NOMADE RACING + 01H 02 ’30’ ‘
  51.  TAYE PERRY NOMAD RACING + 01H 06 ’08’ ‘
  52.  ZAKER YAKP WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM + 01H 08 ’05’ ‘
  53.  GIORDANO PACHECO CALIDOSO RACING TEAM + 01H 08 ’55’ ‘
  54.  PHILIPPE GENDRON NOMADE RACING + 01H 08 ’58’ ‘
  55.  LEONARDO COLA LITTLE BIGGER + 01H 10 ’34’ ‘
  56.  ALESSANDRO BARBERO ALESSANDRO BARBERO + 01H 12 ’03’ ‘
  57.  PHILLIP WILSON BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 01H 12 ’53’ ‘
  58.  MAURICIO JAVIER GOMEZ PACO GOMEZ + 01H 14 ’05’ ‘
  59.  ENRIQUE GUZMÁN XRAIDS TEAM + 01H 18 ’50’ ‘
  60.  PHILIPPE CAVELIUS CAVELIUS TEAM + 01H 19 ’12’ ‘
  61.  DMITRY AGOSHKOV TROYKATEAM + 01H 19 ’55’ ‘
  62.  KIRSTEN LANDMAN SOCKS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 01H 20 ’06’ ‘
  63.  MOHAMMED BALOOSHI DUUST RALLY TEAM + 22H 29 ’27’ ‘
  64.  FABIO FASOLA FASOLA + 22H 29 ’27’ ‘
  65.  SIMON HEWITT DRAG‘ON RALLY TEAM + 22H 44 ’27’ ‘

Provisional general classification of the Dakar motorcycle 2020

  1.  RICKY BRABEC MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 
  2.  PABLO QUINTANILLA ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING + 00H 20 ’53’ ‘
  3.  TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 26 ’43’ ‘
  4.  JOAN BARREDA BORT MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 28 ’16’ ‘
  5.  JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 29 ’29’ ‘
  6.  MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 37 ’16’ ‘
  7.  LUCIANO BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 41 ’11’ ‘
  8.  FRANCO CAIMI MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 01H 21 ’04’ ‘
  9.  SKYLER HOWES KLYMCIW RACING + 01H 24 ’24’ ‘
  10.  STEFAN SVITKO SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM + 01H 30 ’35’ ‘
  11.  ANDREW SHORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING + 01H 43 ’51’ ‘
  12.  ADRIEN METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 02H 22 ’07’ ‘
  13.  RODNEY FAGGOTTER YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA + 02H 30 ’07’ ‘
  14.  MARTIN MICHEK MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 02H 43 ’17’ ‘
  15.  JAUME BETRIU FN SPEED TEAM + 02H 44 ’41’ ‘
  16.  JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG + 02H 57 ’52’ ‘
  17.  LAIA SANZ GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM + 03H 07 ’27’ ‘
  18.  MACIEJ GIEMZA ORLEN TEAM + 03H 10 ’37’ ‘
  19.  JACOPO CERUTTI SOLARYS RACING + 03H 21 ’16’ ‘
  20.  MAURIZIO GERINI SOLARYS RACING + 03H 31 ’46’ ‘
  21.  JAMIE MCCANNEY MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 03H 38 ’05’ ‘
  22.  SEBASTIEN LAGUT NOMADE RACING + 03H 52 ’44’ ‘
  23.  GARRETT POUCHER KLYMCIW RACING + 04H 00 ’44’ ‘
  24.  KEVIN BENAVIDES MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 04H 01 ’07’ ‘
  25.  ROSS BRANCH LOW DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 04H 06 ’31’ ‘
  26.  PAUL SPIERINGS HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 04H 29 ’43’ ‘
  27.  MILAN ENGEL MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 04H 48 ’22’ ‘
  28.  ANTONIO MAIO YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING + 05H 22 ’52’ ‘
  29.  PATRICIO CABRERA FN SPEED TEAM + 05H 34 ’15’ ‘
  30.  ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS + 06H 02 ’58’ ‘
  31.  LOIC MINAUDIER TEAM ALL TRACKS + 06H 23 ’30’ ‘
  32.  EMANUEL GYENES AUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM + 06H 39 ’24’ ‘
  33.  FAUSTO MOTA XRAIDS TEAM + 06H 50 ’01’ ‘
  34.  OLIVIER PAIN TEAM JOG – NOMAD RACING + 07H 02 ’05’ ‘
  35.  MARIO PATRAO KTM FACTORY TEAM + 07H 12 ’37’ ‘
  36.  JAN BRABEC BIG SHOCK RACING + 07H 40 ’27’ ‘
  37.  BENJAMIN MELOT BENJAMIN MELOT + 08H 09 ’28’ ‘
  38.  FLORENT VAYSSADE TEAM VAYSSADE FLORENT + 08H 12 ’09’ ‘
  39.  ABDULLAH AL SHATTI DUUST RALLY TEAM + 08H 29 ’51’ ‘
  40.  ANTHONY BOURSAUD ANTHO MOTO SPORT – DRAG’ON RALLY TEAM + 09H 08 ’01’ ‘
  41.  PETR VLCEK PETR VLCEK + 09H 23 ’22’ ‘
  42.  EDWIN STRAVER EDWIN STRAVER + 09H 31 ’54’ ‘
  43.  MYUNGGUL RYU KLYMCIW RACING + 09H 38 ’35’ ‘
  44.  ROMAIN LELOUP TEAM REPAR’STORES + 10H 07 ’16’ ‘
  45.  MIRJAM POL HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 11H 09 ’15’ ‘
  46.  CHARLIE HERBST NOMADE RACING + 11H 39 ’21’ ‘
  47.  KRZYSZTOF JARMUZ 115MOTO + 11H 47 ’02’ ‘
  48.  PHILIPPE CAVELIUS CAVELIUS TEAM + 12H 03 ’30’ ‘
  49.  MAURICIO JAVIER GOMEZ PACO GOMEZ + 12H 07 ’26’ ‘
  50.  ENRIQUE GUZMÁN XRAIDS TEAM + 12H 10 ’03’ ‘
  51.  ZAKER YAKP WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM + 12H 10 ’32’ ‘
  52.  PHILIPPE GENDRON NOMADE RACING + 12H 13 ’31’ ‘
  53.  ZHANG MIN WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM + 12H 25 ’37’ ‘
  54.  TAYE PERRY NOMAD RACING + 12H 29 ’05’ ‘
  55.  NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE TEAM CASTEU + 12H 42 ’56’ ‘
  56.  PHILLIP WILSON LOW DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 12H 59 ’36’ ‘
  57.  ALESSANDRO BARBERO ALESSANDRO BARBERO + 13H 03 ’48’ ‘
  58.  LIONEL COSTES NOMAD RACING + 13H 17 ’38’ ‘
  59.  SIMON MARCIC MARCIC + 13H 23 ’01’ ‘
  60.  KIRSTEN LANDMAN SOCKS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 13H 25 ’06’ ‘
  61.  DMITRY AGOSHKOV TROYKATEAM + 14H 00 ’12’ ‘
  62.  GIORDANO PACHECO CALIDOSO RACING TEAM + 14H 26 ’06’ ‘
  63.  SEBASTIEN COJEAN SEB COJEAN + 15H 13 ’21’ ‘
  64.  CESARE ZACCHETTI CESARE ZACCHETTI + 17H 18 ’21’ ‘

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