With renewed vigour after yesterday’s gruelling stage, Monster Energy Honda Team riders once again went for broke on a tough stage. Nacho Cornejo and Ricky Brabec stood out at the end of the special, with Barreda and Quintanilla opening the track.

The first of the two looping routes in Riyadh got underway today, where – for the first time in Dakar history – the motorcycle riders rode the entire stage completely autonomously from the car and truck categories. The fifth stage of the rally was battled out over a 346-kilometre special stage, covering hard and stony ground and including, towards the end of the day, a 50-kilometre stretch of dunes.

José Ignacio Cornejo’s riding had significantly improved from the previous days and this was reflected in the results. An error-free stage, with speed and deft navigation saw the rider reach the end of the special with the day’s second best time for a RallyGP rider, at 0’03 from the stage winner and leapfrogging two positions up the general standings.

Behind the young Chilean, American rider Ricky Brabec also turned out a satisfactory showing. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider, third on the RallyGP day class, was able to claw back several minutes from his closest rivals and, furthermore, regain the good sensations. Brabec finished 1’30” behind the day’s winner and moves up one position in the rankings. Pablo Quintanilla and Joan Barreda were lumbered with the troublesome task of opening the track this morning in the middle of a sandstorm. At the end of the interrupted stage, race authorities are still weighing up different options on how to classify the riders who had finished and to decide what to do with the rest of the riders involved. Quintanilla and Barreda were, nonetheless, able to make it through to the end of the special. Quintanilla and Barreda both remain in contention for the overall race victory. However, Joan suffered a fall and the Spaniard is still unsure whether he will be 100% fit to battle for another stage win. In tomorrow’s stage, the Chilean and the Spaniard will start from behind and will attempt to make up the time dropped today.

Tomorrow’s stage

The final stage of this first week of the Dakar takes place tomorrow. A second loop to the capital of the country north-west of Riyadh will once again put the riders to the test with 402 kilometres of timed special stage. It will be physically demanding given that it is the same route completed by the car and truck drivers the previous day, so riders can expect churned up, rutted conditions with dust, sand and hidden stones. In the dunes, the many lines will force riders to be particularly attentive to the navigation. At the start, there will be several track crossings and, towards the middle of the special, some forty kilometres of dunes before the fast tracks that will wrap up the day. The bike odometers will be registering 618 kilometres by the time the bikers make it back to the bivouac in Riyadh.

Ricky Brabec 2

STAGE: 3rd OVERALL: 15th

Day five. One day before the rest day. It was a good day. We started off a little bit slow this morning. We were a little bit cold. The navigation was really tricky in the morning. Not super tricky as far as technical goes, but a lot of quick notes and a lot of quick turns. We really didn’t start picking up the speed until kilometre 60. For me, to get going this morning was a little bit tough but I managed OK and made it to refuelling. After refuelling it started to open back up. There was a sandstorm. It was wild; you couldn’t see much. One more day to rest day. We’ll keep on fighting to the end.

Pablo Quintanilla 7

STAGE: 19th OVERALL: 6th

Today's stage was very complicated in terms of navigation. In the morning there were a lot of changes of direction and the tracks were not very visible. It was very difficult to navigate in some sectors. I had a good pace until the refuelling. After refuelling I caught up with Joan and we kept pushing. We encountered a sandstorm with little visibility to find the tracks. Overall it went well, with no navigation errors. We knew that today we would lose some time when opening the track and that we would leave it to the guys behind us. It was also important not to make any mistakes with the navigation. I stopped around kilometre 250 to help Joan, who had fallen. Luckily, he was able to recover and finish the stage. In the dunes, the sun was high and we couldn't see the depth of the dunes. We reached the end of the special stage. Tomorrow will be a new day with a new opportunity. We have some good pace, with speed, and we will have to think about the strategy a bit and reduce time in the general standings over the next few days. Anything can happen.

José Ignacio Cornejo 11

STAGE: 2nd OVERALL: 13th

Finally I was able to ride a solid stage, without mistakes and with some good pace! I felt very good. It was quite a complete stage, with fast and technical sections, with rocks, and another part with dunes, which was fun. I had a great time. I was able to hold a strong pace, without making navigation mistakes and I'm happy about that. I was able to improve a bit in the general standings, but everyone is really fast. If we can have a few more days like today, I think we could make a lot of progress. Tomorrow is the final stage before the rest day, which will be good for the body and mind. But I'm motivated and for me, I'd keep going on days like today. We're going to keep fighting.

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Results Stage 5 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Evan Branch Ross 16 BWA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha 03:23'48
2 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:00'03
3 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:01'30
4 Price Toby 18 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:01'44
5 Short Andrew 29 USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:04'27
6 Benavides Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:04'40
7 Michek Martin 10 CZE Orion Moto Racing Group KTM +00:07'05
8 Benavides Luciano 77 ARG Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +00:07'23
9 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:07'30
10 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:08'01
11 Sanders Daniel 4 AUS Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:08'55
12 Giemza Maciej 22 POL Orlen Team KTM +00:09'00
13 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:09'06
14 Maio Antonio 30 POR Franco Sport Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha +00:09'32
15 Svitko Stefan 142 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +00:10'09
19 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:13'43
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Provisional Standings after Stage 5 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 19:01'50
2 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:02'29
3 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:05'59
4 Sanders Daniel 4 AUS Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:08'01
5 Santolino Lorenzo 15 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +00:15'27
6 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:16'55
7 Evan Branch Ross 16 BWA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:18'15
8 Benavides Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:21'51
9 Svitko Stefan 142 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +00:22'50
13 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:42'04
15 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:48'27

Highlights Stage 5 Rally Dakar 2022

Location Information

Dakar in Saudi From 2020

Records

Dakar 2020 winner Ricky Brabec (Honda)
Dakar 2021 winner Kevin Benavides (Honda)