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Dakar 2022: Hero holds on to prime 20 in Stage 9, Noah struggles | Autocar India

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Revealed On Jan 12, 2022 11:48:00 AM

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Honda’s Jose Ignacio Cornejo and Toyota’s Giniel de Villiers took victory in Stage 9.

Stage 9 of the 2022 Dakar Rally introduced some uncommon terrain as individuals negotiated practically 300km by means of slender tracks working between valleys and rocky canyons, together with some quick tracks.

With simply three extra phases to go, each Hero MotoSports riders are holding on to their locations within the prime 20. Harith Noah encountered some mechanical points, however nonetheless managed to finish the stage.

  • Matthias Walkner takes the lead in bikes
  • Nasser Al-Attiyah holds on to vehicles lead regardless of penalty

Each Hero MotoSports riders in prime 20

The important thing to this stage was taking it regular. Joaquim Rodrigues has been on a constant cost and set the 11th quickest time within the stage to maneuver as much as 15th within the total standings.

Aaron Mare misplaced a while as a result of a navigation error within the valleys and a small fall, however he recovered to complete the stage in 20th place and is now 17th total.

Noah overcomes brake difficulty

It was a troublesome day for Harith Noah because the TVS-backed rider misplaced his bike’s rear brake round 30km into the stage. He, too, bumped into some navigation issues, however managed to finish the stage protected and sound in 44th place.

Because of this, he’s misplaced some floor within the total standings, however nonetheless holds the 27th place.

Cornejo, De Villiers win Stage 9

Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo secured his second stage victory this yr after beating out KTM’s Kevin Benavides. In a single day chief Sam Sunderland (GasGas) had a troublesome time as he needed to open the stage and KTM’s Matthias Walkner took full benefit of that to as soon as once more transfer into the lead. The 2018 Dakar Rally winner now has a lead of simply over 2 minutes over Sunderland.

Toyota secured the highest three positions within the vehicles class, with Giniel de Villiers profitable forward of Hank Lategan and Nasser Al-Attiyah. General chief Al-Attiyah was handed a five-second penalty for a security belt infringement in Stage 8. Whereas this does slash down his lead, he nonetheless holds a 34 minutes 05 seconds benefit over Bahrain Raid Xtreme’s Sebastian Loeb.

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