It did not take long for Rui Gonçalves and Lorenzo Santolino to rise to the top of the 44th Dakar! The Sherco TVS bikes finished third and fourth in the stage, propelling 'Santo' from sixth to fourth overall and marking the French constructor as a serious threat from here to Jeddah. Sherco, which brought its three motorbikes home in 2021, with the Spaniard in sixth place, is hungry for more.
Joan Barreda romped to the end of the timed sector with the fastest time to claim his second stage win of the year. The Spaniard has never failed to win two or more Dakar stages since 2020. Pablo Quintanilla came in second, while Danilo Petrucci earned his first Dakar podium finish. Way to go, 'Petrux'!
The Sherco TVS bikers, Rui Gonçalves and Lorenzo Santolino, posted an outstanding tag-team performance to finish third and fourth in the stage, 8 and 9 minutes behind the leader, respectively. It was a rock-solid outing by the French outfit, which puts them in a privileged position for tomorrow's starting order. 'Santo', sixth in the 2021 Dakar on the French machine, started the day in the same place in the general classification.
Going into the trickiest part of the special, Joan Barreda remains in the lead with a margin of almost 5 minutes over teammate Pablo Quintanilla. Danilo Petrucci is nursing a deficit of more than 5 minutes in third place. Meanwhile, Sherco's Lorenzo Santolino and Rui Gonçalves have moved to within just over 2 minutes of the special podium.