From an epic two-continent race in Europe and Africa, the Dakar rally is now down to a 10-stage race in a single country.
The 2018 Dakar was full of big wins and huge meltdowns, and finally, the rally seems headed back to its roots as a navigation event.
Kevin Benavides put up a good fight on the last stage, but it wasn’t enough to take the overall win away from KTM.
Another factory rider is out of the top 10 thanks to a mechanical, and with one stage left, Toby Price proves he’s still a monster, but fails to close the gap to first.
A couple more Top 10 riders dropped out today, but Walkner is still the man in control of this race as it heads to the final stretch.
In one of the maddest days we’ve seen in the South American version of the Dakar, the race was won, and then lost, by Adrien Van Beveren, with lots of other insanity to boot.
Today’s excitement included a tough performance by Joan Barreda, a painful exit by Xavier de Soultrait, and a collision between Laia Sanz and a llama.
It was the best of days for Honda, and the worst of days. Scratch that–despite the stage win, it was a pretty bad day overall.
The Dakar rally has left the sand dunes of Peru for mountains of Bolivia. A change in terrain meant a change in the names on the day’s leaderboard.
The chaos continues, with Honda resurgent again in the last day of dune-bashing. This Dakar has proven to be the most interesting since moving to South America.