Dakar 2019, Stage 6: Quintanilla takes lead with win

Pablo Quintanilla won a close fight against Kevin Benavides to top Stage 6 of the bike class in the 2019 Dakar Rally, and take the overall lead from Ricky Brabec.

Dakar 2019, Stage 6: Quintanilla takes lead with win
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The 336km stage, which was run between Arequipa and San Juan de Marcona, was dominated by Quintanilla and Benavides, the duo trading the lead multiple times.

Benavides had the upper hand early on, setting the pace in the first 84 kilometres, which was followed by a short neutralisation zone and then the rest of the stage.

Quintanilla soon stole the lead but the gap between them was less than a minute until the sixth waypoint, where the Husqvarna rider started to inch away.

He ended up with a 1m52s lead over Benavides, with KTM duo Matthias Walkner and Toby Price taking third and fourth, both over four minutes behind.

Brabec was fifth, seven and a half minutes slower than Quintanilla, the American losing his overall lead to the Chilean as a result, 4m38s down.

Slovakian Stefan Svitko and Husqvarna's Andrew Short followed with Luciano Benavides and Adrien van Beveren taking eighth and ninth, but both riders stopping to aid the crashing Lorenzo Santolino.

Besides Brabec, Price and Benavides are the only other riders within 10 minutes of overall leader Quintanilla.

Walkner rounds out a close top five with a big gap developing between him and Yamaha's van Beveren and the struggling Sam Sunderland.

The Briton lost 22m59s during the stage and dropped from second to seventh, 21m06s off the lead.

UPDATE: Van Beveren was awarded around 11 minutes by the organisers for stopping to help the stricken Santolino. That promotes the Yamaha man to fifth overall, 9m32s down on Quintanilla.

Cavigliasso extends lead to over an hour

Nicolas Cavigliasso won his fifth stage out of six, his gap of 17m19s his biggest winning margin yet.

Behind Cavigliasso, Jeremias Gonzalez took second for the third time in a row, but now sits 1h06m49s adrift.

Manuel Andujar and Gustavo Gallego completed an all-Argentinian top four, the latter keeping his third place overall.

Standings after Stage 6 (Bike class, top 10):

Pos. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Chile Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna 20h45m13s
2 United States Ricky Brabec Honda 4m38s
3 Australia Toby Price KTM 5m17s
4 Argentina Kevin Benavides Honda 8m01s
5 France Adrien van Beveren Yamaha 9m32s
6 Austria Matthias Walkner KTM 10m46s
7 United Kingdom Sam Sunderland KTM 21m06s
8 Slovakia Stefan Svitko KTM 31m56s
9 France Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha 38m04s
10 United States Andrew Short Husqvarna 38m56s
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