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Price and Benavides respond to Barreda, who gives in when opening track

Give and take. So is the Dakar. It is the closest thing to a football game without defenses or a penalty shootout. The attack and success of a pilot one day, becomes the attack of his great rival the next day. Each stage is the reverse of the previous one among the great favorites to triumph. For now, the third stage of Dakar 2021 is completed and the script is constantly being repeated. In a Dakar with much more navigation and much more technical than in 2020, the pilot who opens the track suffers a lot, while the favorite who starts from behind, takes advantage of it to recover the time lost from the previous day. A true duel of strategies, of attacking one day and suffering the next. And in that game dakariano, in the desert of Saudi Arabia, the one who takes the cat to the water in the goal of the 15th in Jeddah it will be the one that accumulates the least errors. In stage 3, he had to suffer again the difficulty of the route to Joan Barreda already Ricky Brabec, the two Honda riders who had to face the difficulty of opening the track. Yesterday they shone at the top and today they saw Price and Benavides snatch all the advantage.

Howes, new leader, with Benavides at 1’28 “

Now, American Skyler Howes leads the general classification after being fourth at 6’16 ​​”. Silently, without gaining stages, his regularity is taking him to the top. The Californian has a 33 ”lead over Kevin Benavides (2nd), 1’28” over De Soultrait (3rd), 1’52 ”over Toby Price (4th) and more than 5 minutes with Sunderland.

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The one from Torreblanca gave up the 6 minutes that separated him in the general classification with Brabec to shoot together in search of minimizing losses against Price and Benavides, who came out plugged. But nothing served them, since Joan lost at the end of the day up to 24 minutes on a Toby Price who did not miss his appointment with the attack, falling from the first to the eighth position of the general to 09’02 ” of the new leader.

It was the day of Price and Benavides and they did not fail

It was Toby Price’s day and Kevin
Benavides, after having wasted a lot of time on stage 2, both hit by the responsibility of going first. The Australian started the day 17 minutes behind Barreda in the general standings and the Argentine did it more than 15. They had the ball on their court. This time it was their turn to attack them and their pulse did not tremble. They did not disappoint, with the KTM winning the stage with a 24’49 ”advantage over Joan
and a Benavides which was second, snatching almost 23 minutes from the Spanish.

Toby and Kevin thus returned to the head of the race and now, following the established pattern, they will have to suffer in stage 4, as the first of the class who have to go out to read the ‘roadbook’. Rows further back will be Barreda and Brabec, who cannot fail after the Australian and Argentine met their goal. The give and take continues. Joan and Ricky now have the ball, they cannot fail if they want to continue in this non-stop goal game that this Dakar is becoming. A real penalty shootout. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes will take the Touareg home.


1. Toby Price (KTM) 3H33’23”

2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) a 1’16”

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3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) a 2’36”

4. Skyler Howes (BAS Dakar KTM) 6’16”

5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) a 8’24”

6. De Soultrait (Husqvarna) at 8’50

7. Franco Caimi (Yamaha) at 10’04 ”

8. Daniel Sanders (KTM) a 11’22”

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9. Rui Gonçalves (Sherco) at 12’19 ”

10. J.I. Cornejo (Honda) a 13’09”

12. L. Benavides (Huskvarna) a 14’36

13. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) a 14’56”

15. Oriol Mena (FN Spedd – Rieju) at 15’57 ”

24. Jaume Betriu (FN Speed – Rieju) a 19’38”

25. Ricky Brabec (Honda) and 21’39 ”

26. Laia Sanz (Gas Gas) at 22’37 ”

30. Joan Barreda (Honda) at 24’49 ”

31. Tosha Shareina (FN Speed ​​–KTM) a 25’02 ”


1. Skyler Howes (BAS Dakar KTM) 12h04’48”

2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) a 33”

3. De Soultrait (Husqvarna) at 1’28 ”

4. Toby Price (KTM) a 1’52”

5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) a 5’27”

6. Branch (yamaha) a 7’14”

7. L. Benavides a 7’56”

8. Joan Barreda (Honda) at 9’02 ”

9. A. Van Beveren (Yamaha) a 9’09 ”

10. J.I. Cornejo (Honda) a 9’24”

11. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) a 10’00”

12. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) at 10’44 ”

13. Ricky Brabec (Honda) and 12’15 ”

14. Stefan Vitko (Slovnaft Rally) at 12’50 ”

15. Oriol Mena (FN Spedd – Rieju) at 16’23 ”

16. D. Sanders (KTM) a 16’46”

27. Jaume Betriu (FN Speed – Rieju) a 52’54”

28. Tosha Shareina (FN Speed ​​–KTM) a 55’50 ”

29. Laia Sanz (Gas Gas) at 1h03’31 ”

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