Luciano Benavides became the first driver to double the lead in this edition of the Dakar on Tuesday. After his victory in the 6th stage, the Argentinian repeated this Tuesday on the occasion of the 9th between Riyadh and Haradh (Saudi Arabia), on a route with 358 km of special.
If he does not occupy the outposts in the general classification (7th at 21’35”), the Husqvarna rider leads a Dakar where uncertainty is immense for the final victory. On the finish line, he beat the Australian Toby Price (KTM) by 55” and his teammate Skyler Howes by 2’57”. The latter still leads the general standings, for the fifth day in a row, but his place is hanging by a thread.
Five stages from the end, Howes is only 3 seconds ahead of Price. He had 13 over Kevin Benavides before Tuesday’s start, but the Argentinian, brother of Luciano, got entangled and lost almost 8 minutes. Enough to demote him to 3rd place overall, 5’9” behind the leader.
Frenchman Adrien Ban Beveren finished a quarter of an hour behind the winner of the day and finds himself behind in comparable proportions in the general classification (+15’40”). But the results of the other competitors still made him gain two places (4th).