RIJÁD – Slovakian motorcycle rider Stefan Svetko finished 18th in the fifth stage of the 44th Dakar Rally on Thursday. The 395-kilometer special managed to pass in 3:33:57 hours. He lost 14:25 minutes from the fastest Toby Price of Australia. Second place went to Italian Danilo Petrucci (+4:14), who was two seconds behind Ross Branch of Botswana.
Brett Sam Sunderland leads the overall standings, Svetko lost one place and closed out the top ten. This is the second-worst driver result for the Slovnaft Rally team in the Dakar this year, taking only first place in the third stage, in which he finished 19th.
In cars, the fastest South African was Henk Lattigan in a Toyota, who was nearly two minutes ahead of nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. The third best timing was set by Argentine Lucio Alvarez (+2:10). In general, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah leads. Czech driver Milan Zabeltal finished with Slovakian navigator Marek Skor in 33rd place, with a difference of 28:37 minutes. They are ranked 23rd overall.
The Russians still rule the truck competition, this time two-time winner of the Desert Rally from 2014 and 2020, Andrei Karginov, a stage victory. Countryman and overall leader Dmitriy Sotnikov was behind him 4:25 minutes, Anton Sibalov 6:47.
Results of the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally:
1. Toby Price (Australia/Red Bull KTM) 3:19:32h 2. Danilo Petrucci (Tal/Tech 3KTM) +4: 14min 3. Ross Branch (Bot/Monster Energy Yamaha) +4:16, 4. Jose Florimo (Chile) +4:19, 5. Ricky Brabec (USA/both Monster Energy Honda) +5:46, 6. Mason Klein (USA / BAS Dakar KTM) + 7:35, . .., 18. Štefan SVITKO (SR / Slovnaft Rallye Team) +14: 25
1. Sam Sunderland (V.: 59, 4. Daniel Sanders (Australia/Gas) +8:01, 5. Skyler Howes (USA/Husqvarna) +13:36, 6. Lorenzo Santolino (Šp. / Sherko) ) +15: 27, …, 10. Go +22: 50
1. Henk Lategan (JAR/Toyota Gazoo) 3:53:28 h, 2. Sebastien Loeb (Fr./Bahrain Raid Xtreme) +1: 58 min, 3. Lucio Alvarez (Arg./Overdrive Toyota) +2:10
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (Kat./Toyota Gazoo) 17:24:23 h, 2. Loeb +35:10 min, 3. Alvarez +
1. Andrey Karginov 4:01:02 h, 2. Dmitrij Sotnikov +4: 25 min, 3. Anton Shebalov (All Russia / KAMAZ) + 6:47
1. Sotnikov 19:09:20 h, 2. Eduard Nikolaev (Russia / KAMAZ) +9:53 min, 3. Shibalov +26: 2751:15
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