The tenth stage of the 2018 Dakar turned out to be a particularly harsh one causing major disruptions to the top positions.

It was back to business for the rally after the cancellation yesterday of the ninth stage. It proved to be just as arduous as had been previously expected, with hidden waypoints that riders struggled to locate and temperatures in excess of forty degrees in Belén.

The stage was made up of two parts: the first a 242-kilometre special stage followed by a long liaison section of 320 kilometres, plus a second 129 km special and another 103 km of link section. Dunes, camel grass and river crossings were the distinguishing characteristics of the day, in addition to the scorching temperatures. The riders started to make it through to the finish line at 17:00 hrs.

Of the Monster Energy Honda Team riders, José Ignacio Cornejo posted the best stage time to take seventh spot. Joan Barreda finished fifteenth, Kevin Benavides eighteenth and Ricky Brabec who started out from second ended up in twenty-fifth position.

In the general standings, Joan Barreda ascends to second position and Kevin Benavides is third, 39 and 41 minutes off the overall leader respectively.

Tomorrow, the second marathon stage will be held, only for motorcycles this time. The day will start in Belén with the vehicles taking the start according to scratch classifications (cars, motorcycles, quads and trucks) with destination Fiambalá, where the bivouac is located. Riders once again will not be allowed any outside mechanical assistance once the bikes arrive at the parc ferm and are only allowed to work on bikes themselves. The stage will be made up of 280 kilometres of special and a total of 485 km of liaison sections.

2018 Dakar
Stage 10   Dakar

Stage 10 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Walkner Matthias 2 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 04:52'26
2 Quintanilla Pablo 10 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +11'35
3 Farres Gerard 3 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +16'21
4 Mena Oriol 61 SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +20'45
5 Cornejo José Ignacio 68 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'14
6 Short Andrew 54 USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +24'13
7 Samuels Mark USA OX Motorsports Honda +24'50
8 Oliveras Daniel 29 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +25'25
9 Monleon Armand 17 SPA Daming Racing Team KTM +34'18
10 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +36'24
11 Sanz Laia 15 SPA KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +36'35
12 Aubert Johnny 40 FRA Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +37'29
13 Faggotter Rodney 44 AUS Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +38'07
14 Barreda Joan 5 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +38'15
15 Nosiglia Daniel 33 BOL HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +40'22
17 Benavides Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +47'35
24 Brabec Ricky 20 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +56'13
2018 Dakar
Stage 10   Dakar

Provisional Standings after Stage 10

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Walkner Matthias 2 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 32:21'03
2 Barreda Joan 5 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +39'42
3 Benavides Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +41'23
4 Farres Gerard 3 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +47'46
5 Price Toby 8 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +50'18
6 Meo Antoine 19 FRA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +01:03'35
7 Brabec Ricky 20 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01:21'37
8 Svitko Stefan 9 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +01:25'09
9 Quintanilla Pablo 10 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +01:30'24
10 Aubert Johnny 40 FRA Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +01:40'57
11 Cornejo José Ignacio 68 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01:49'50

Dakar 2018 Stage 10 Monster Energy Honda Team

Dakar 2018 Stage 10 Monster Energy Honda Team

Location Information

The greatest and toughest rally in the world, the Dakar’s history has been written in the heart of some of the world’s most stunning deserts and belongs to the world of the greatest sporting challenges of our time. Both a motor race and an orienteering challenge, the Dakar Rally pits… read more.

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