2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 5: Short, But Not So Sweet

01/06/2017 @ 11:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Stage 5 of the 2017 Dakar Rally was billed as another brutal challenge for the competitors still remaining. The high-altitude terrain of Bolivia certainly lived up to that expectation, but today’s special was cut in half, with severe weather interrupting the day’s gauntlet.

As such, only 219km of the planned 447km special were ridden, but that “short” distance was enough to once again upheave the overall standings, with several riders losing time from navigational errors and penalties.

Sam Sunderland took the top honors for the day, breathing hope back into KTM’s 2017 Dakar Rally. Sunderland’s victory may have only been by seven minutes, but the gaps were with the right people, as he now stands 20 minutes ahead of Pablo Quintanilla – the previous overall leader.

Quintanilla finished the stage in seventh, losing some time on a navigational error out of a river bed. The Chilean’s conservative approach perhaps did him well though, as his fellow Husqvarna teammate Pela Renet lost over 45 minutes looking for the waypoint around the 152km mark.

With less to lose, the Honda riders pushed hard in Stage 5, though it can’t be said that the results benefited from their gamble. Only Franco Caimi (Honda South America Rally Team) and Paulo Gonçalves (Monster Energy Honda Team), put a Honda in the Top 15 of the day’s rankings.

Gonçalves sits 10th overall for his efforts, one hour and eight minutes behind Sunderland, which could create some interesting “what if” thoughts for the HRC squad, after yesterday’s one-hour time penalties for fueling in a prohibited zone.

Not much has been said this year about the Yamaha Racing effort, but Stage 5 saw a strong performance from Adrien van Beveren, who finished third for the day and seized the same position overall. At just 16 minutes back in the overall standings, Van Beveren is very much in the hunt for this year’s Dakar.

Yamaha’s Xaiver de Soultrait is also in the hunt, sitting 36 minutes back in sixth place. With two KTMs, two Yamahas, and a Husqvarna all with a reasonable hand on the winner’s trophy still, this is certainly shaping up to be an interesting Dakar Rally.

Tomorrow sees the circus traveling the capital city of La Paz. With 527km of special planned, we expect to see more shuffling of the leaderboard.

Top 15 from Stage 5 – Tupiza to Oruro

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTime
1SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM2:21’51
2GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+7’07
3VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+7’29
4PEDRERO JoanSPASherco TVS Rally FactorySherco+9’40
5CAIMI FrancoARGHonda South America Rally TeamHonda+12’13
6FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+15’07
7QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+18’12
8ESPAÑA CristianANDTallercallKTM+21’32
9SALVATIERRA Juan CarlosBOLDuust Rally TeamKTM+23’44
10OLIVERAS DanielSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+24’29
11RODRIGUES JoaquimPORHero Motorsports Team RallyHero+26’45
12PATRAO MarioPORJETMAR / KTM PORTUGALKTM+27’33
13METGE AdrienFRASherco TVS Rally FactorySherco+28’44
14MARTIN DiegoARGXRaidsKTM+28’52
15NOSIGLIA DanielBOLMEC Team NosigliaHonda+29’16

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTime
1SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM15:22’05
2QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+12’00
3VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+16’07
4FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+20’57
5WALKNER MatthiasAUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+29:01
6DE SOULTRAIT XavierFRAViltais Racing Team HFPYamaha+36’06
7SVITKO StefanSLOSlovnaft TeamKTM+48’43
8RENET Pierre-AlexandreFRAHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+54’45
9MARTIN DiegoARGXRaidsKTM+1:04’55
10GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:08’21
11RODRIGUES JoaquimPORHero Motorsports Team RallyHero+1:10’20
12BARREDA JoanSPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:12’39
13RODRIGUES HelderPORYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+1:23’38
14CAIMI FrancoARGHonda South America Rally TeamHonda+1:27’10
15KLYMCIW OndrejCZEKlymciw RacingHusqvarna+1:36’22
20METGE MichaelFRAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:49’25
21BRABEC RickyUSAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:49’27

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Source: Dakar; Photos: HRC Husqvarna, & KTM

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    Anyone else see the bent swingarm on the honda?