Yesterday’s winner Joan Barreda also fell from his bike between the 265 and 270 km marks, injuring his shoulder. He is allowing himself until tomorrow morning before deciding whether to carry on with the adventure or not. If “Bang Bang” is forced to withdraw, it will be his sixth premature exit in 12 participations (1 out of 2). In 2021, he had to drop out following a fuel shortage on the penultimate special.
Skyler Howes came off his bike on the day’s special. The Husqvarna rider hit his head and does not remember anything about his fall, but nevertheless managed to make it to the finishing line. He started feeling unwell immediately after arriving and with ankle and shoulder injuries as well, Howes was taken to hospital by the organisation teams to undergo further examinations. In any event, the American will have to skip the rest of the 44th edition of the Dakar. It is a big blow for Howes, who finished fifth last year and was in eighth place at the beginning of the day’s stage, as well as being the best place Husqvarna rider.
Toby Price has received a six-minute penalty for speeding so Danilo Petrucci, who finished a little more than four minutes behind the Australian, has won today’s special. The Italian has become the first MotoGP rider to taste victory on a stage of the Dakar.
Before the race was interrupted, Toby Price proved to be the quickest rider to reach the finishing line on the day’s special. The Australian finished 4’14’’ ahead of rookie Danilo Petrucci who maintained his fine pace. Ross Branch put the leading Yamaha in the race hierarchy in third position, just two seconds behind Petrucci.