The 35-year-old Spaniard Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) has Monday in Peru, the first stage when the riders won in the Dakarrally. About 84 kilometers between Lima and Pisco, he was 1:34 faster than the Chileen Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna). The American Ricky Brabec (Honda) was at 2:52 third.
In the wake of the top three followed a wreath of the favorites for the overall victory. The Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) finished fourth at 2:55 of dagwinnaar Barreda. The Brit Sam Sunderland (KTM) touched fifth at 2:56, and was thus the first of the three KTM factory riders who are in each other’s track to the finish line. The Australian Toby Price (KTM) rode the sixth time. The Austrian Mathias Walkner (KTM), last year’s overall winner, finished seventh in 3:12 of Barreda. Who recorded his 17th win, in 2012 he won one stage, in 2013, four in 2014, five in 2015 and three last year also three. A fifth place in 2017 is his best result in the final standings.
The Serbian Gabor Saghmeister (KTM) has the dubious honor of being the first quitter to be listed. He was working on his eleventh Dakar. Also in 2015 he made it to the finish. Then gave the Serb in the second stage.
The Argentine Nicolas Cavigliasso (Yamaha) won in the quad. He was 3:55 faster than his fellow countryman, Jerimias Gonzalez Ferioli (Yamaha).
It is the 41st edition of the Dakar, the eleventh in South America. Next week on Thursday to reverse the caravan in the tenth and last stage back in Lima. This coming Saturday is the only day of rest. Approximately 70 percent of the course consists of dunes and sand. The organization is for the first time that early drop-outs after the rest day to re-start.