Is this the year KTM's stranglehold on the Dakar Rally is broken? American Ricky Brabec continues to lead, but Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla is putting on a second half charge... including winning Stage 9.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider put in an excellent performance on the 410-kilometre stage to slowly build his pace from the start, going on to claim the win by close to two minutes at the finish. Teammate Andrew Short also rode solidly on the predominantly rocky special to finish ninth.
Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally was cancelled for all riders in the motorcycle class out of respect for Paulo Goncalves who lost his life on Sunday. Competitors returned to racing today with the long, 886-kilometer Stage 9 that led the field from Wadi Al Dawasir to Haradh. Initially faced with an arduous liaison, riders then entered the timed special that presented all with a challenging route made up of rocky tracks and stony riverbeds.
2020 Dakar Rally – Stage 9 Provisional Classification
1. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 4:45:06
2. Toby Price (KTM) 3:32:27 +1:54
3. Joan Barreda (Honda) 3:33:15 +2:42
4. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:34:28 +3:55
5. Ross Branch (KTM) 3:36:03 +5:30
6. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 3:36:23 +5:50
2020 Dakar Rally – Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 9)
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 31:59:29
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 32:20:22 +20:53
3. Toby Price (KTM) 32:26:12 +26:43
4. Joan Barreda (Honda) 32:27:45 +28:16
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 32:28:58 +29:29