Dakar Rally: Walkner digests a small setback

Dakar rally

Matthias Walkner only finished 14th on the day on the second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, but only lost one position in the overall standings. The 2018 Dakar winner is fourth, 4:08 minutes behind leader Sam Sunderland (GasGas). The fastest of the day was the Spanish Honda driver Joan Barreda Bort, Walkner lost around 14 minutes to the Spaniard after a minor navigation error.

“It was a pretty good day for me. I started third and had a good feeling. After the refueling stop, (Daniel, note) Sanders and (Pablo, note) Quintanilla made a navigation error. I stayed on their tracks, but then realized relatively quickly that I had to be wrong, ”said KTM driver Walkner, describing his day.

The pilots in front had lost more time. From a distance he could see Sunderland and Adrien van Beveren and drove with them to the finish line. “The loss of time is not a concern, we are extremely close and tomorrow my starting position will be a better one again. I start from further back and hope to be able to make up some time. “

Off for Petrucci

For Danilo Petrucci, the Dakar Rally is already over. The 31-year-old Italian and MotoGP rider was there for the first time, a technical defect after being ranked 13th the day before caused the end. The third stage leads from al-Artawija over 555 km to al-Kaisuma.

Dakar Rally 2022

Motorcycles, 2nd stage

Ha’il – al-Artawa (SP 339 km):
1. Joan Barreda Bort ESP Honda 3:31:20
2. Sam Sunderland GBR GasGas + 5:33
3. Kevin Benavides ARG KTM 5:54
4. Skyler Howes USA Husqvarna 6:16
5. Toby Price OUT KTM 7:00
14. Matthias Walkner OR KTM 14:31
Overall rating motorcycles:
1. Sam Sunderland GBR GasGas 8:31:29
2. Adrien van Beveren FROM Yamaha + 2:51
3. Daniel Sanders OUT GasGas 3:29
4. Matthias Walkner OR KTM 4:08
5. Skyler Howes USA Husqvarna 9:59

Stand after 2 of 12 stages

Cars, 2nd stage

Ha’il – al-Artawa (SP 339 km):
1. Sebastian loeb FROM RaidX 3:25:00
2. Nasser al-Attijah KAT Toyota + 3:28
3. Carlos Sainz ESP Audi 5:52
4. Stephane Peterhansel FROM Audi 7:56
5. Nani Roma ESP RaidX 8:02
Overall ranking cars:
1. Nasser al-Attijah KAT Toyota 6:59:21
2. Sebastian loeb FROM RaidX + 9:16
3. Lucio alvarez ARG Toyota 40:53
4. Giniel de Villiers RSA Toyota 41:22
5. Vladimir Vasilyev RUS GARDEN 43:39

Stand after 2 of 12 stages

Stage plan

01.01. Prolog Jeddah – Ha’il (SP 19 km)
02.01. 1st stage Ha’il – Ha’il (SP 334 km)
03.01. 2nd stage Ha’il – Al-Artawa (SP 339 km)
04.01. 3rd stage al-Artawija – al-Kaisuma (SP 368 km)
05.01. 4th stage al-Kaisuma – Riad (SP 465 km)
06.01. 5th stage Riad – Riad (SP 348 km)
07.01. 6th stage Riad – Riad (SP 421 km)
08.01. Rest day
09.01. 7th stage Riad – al-Dawadimi (SP 401 km)
10.01. 8th stage al-Dawadimi – W.al-Dawasir (SP 394 km)
11.01. 9th stage Rund um Wadi al-Dawasir (SP 287 km)
12.01. 10th stage Wadi al-Dawasir – Bischa (SP 374 km)
13.01. 11th stage Bischa – Bischa (SP 345 km)
14.01. 12th stage Bischa – Jeddah (SP 163 km)

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Dakar Rally: Walkner digests a small setback