Daniel Sanders dominated stage 1B from A to Z to claim his second career Dakar stage win, also the second in a row, as well as padding his overall lead. The Australian is 2'07' clear of Pablo Quintanilla and over 8'30' ahead of Matthias Walkner.
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Yesterday's winner, 'Chucky' Sanders, is still in control at the km 207 neutralisation, about two thirds of the way through the special. Three bikers are within a minute of the GasGas factory rider: Honda's Quintanilla at 18″, his teammate Barreda at 20″, and Sunderland on the other GasGas at 40″. KTM's Benavides is fifth at 1′26″, followed by Sherco's Santolino at 2′42″ and Hero's Rodrigues at 3′24″. Walkner and Price are eighth and ninth, respectively, at just under 3′40″, with Branch and Brabec also within 5 minutes. We are still waiting for 'Nacho' Cornejo.
Now that the first few bikers have reached the first neutralisation at km 207, we have an early snapshot of how things stood at km 160: Daniel Sanders leads the special with 46 seconds to spare over teammate Sam Sunderland, with Pablo Quintanilla a further 27 seconds back. Kevin Benavides is the top-ranked KTM biker in fourth place, ahead of Joan Barreda. Yamaha's top man, Ross Branch, is seventh at over 3'30' down.