Quintanilla cuts into Brabec’s lead

Quintanilla built up a one-minute advantage in the early part of the 379km Shubaytah-Haradh test, but was chased down rapidly by KTM rider Matthias Walkner, who assumed a narrow one-second lead at the 324km way point.

But the Chilean rider fought back in the final stretch to the finish line, taking the stage victory by just nine seconds from Walkner.

That allowed him to heavily cut into the advantage of Brabec, who lost nearly 12 minutes after starting second on the road behind Honda teammate Joan Barreda and finished 10th.

Brabec and Quintanilla are now separated by 13m56s with just Friday’s final stage to run.

Behind the leading duo, reigning champion Toby Price (KTM) sits third after finishing fifth on Stage 11, another nine minutes down on Brabec, with Walkner jumping up two places to end up fourth in the overall classification.

Honda duo Barreda and Jose Ignacio Cornejo are placed fifth and sixth respectively ahead of Luciano Benavides (KTM), the latter finishing third in Stage 11.

Franco Ciami is the top Yamaha rider in 8th, while the top 10 is completed by Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) and Andrew Short (Yamaha).

The Dakar Rally concludes with the final stage on Friday, with Honda remaining in a prime position to end KTM’s 18-rally winning streak.

Standings after Stage 11 (Bikes, Top 10)

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1

 RICKY BRABEC

Honda  
2

 PABLO QUINTANILLA

Husqvarna + 00H 13′ 56”
3

 TOBY PRICE

KTM + 00H 22′ 34”
4

 MATTHIAS WALKNER

KTM + 00H 29′ 53”
5

 JOAN BARREDA BORT

Honda + 00H 30′ 09”
6

 JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO

Honda + 00H 32′ 36”
7

 LUCIANO BENAVIDES

KTM + 00H 35′ 18”
8

 FRANCO CAIMI

Yamaha + 01H 39′ 14”
9

 SKYLER HOWES

Husqvarna + 01H 59′ 29”
10

 ANDREW SHORT

Husqvarna + 02H 06′ 36”



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