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Turbulent tenth stage of the Dakar Rally

The tenth stage of the Dakar Rally 2022 brought about some changes in the top field. Things went differently for two KTM riders. While Toby Price was victorious, Matthias Walkner lost a lot of time.

On Wednesday, a total of 759 kilometers were on the program from Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Bischa. The rated special covered 375 kilometers. Dunes hardly played a role, rather the terrain was rocky. Navigation was in demand in the canyons.

Defending champion retires from Dakar Rally

Today was the end of work for a fellow favorite. Defending champion Kevin Benavides stranded at kilometer 133. There was a technical problem with his KTM. The Argentine had to finish the race.

Things went better for his former Honda team-mate Joan Barreda. The Spaniard led the intermediate standings at kilometer 84. Even after 170 kilometers, Barreda was ahead. At this point, Walkner had lost a minute and a half on him. But then the picture changed.

Barreda lost five minutes before neutralization. It was even more difficult for Ignacio Nacho Cornejo (Honda), who was the first starter to lose more than 17 minutes. Another Honda rider, Pablo Quintanilla, took the lead in the meantime.

Dakar Rally: Matthias Walkner loses a lot of time

It was still tight. After 258 kilometers, Toby Price (KTM) led the virtual daily rankings. At this point, Walkner still had a lead of 54 seconds over Sam Sunderland (GasGas) in the overall standings.

The Austrian lost even more time. After a driving time of three hours, Price finally took his first day win of the year. Walkner lost almost 16 minutes on his teammate and was not in the top 20.

Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) and Barreda followed behind Price. Van Beveren was fourth, Quintanilla was tenth and Sunderland was 19th. This result completely changed the overall ranking in the top group.

Van Beveren has regained the lead in the overall standings. The Yamaha rider is now four minutes ahead of Quintanilla. Sunderland follows in third place. Walkner also fell back to fifth behind Barreda. He is eight and a half minutes behind.

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