AL-ATTIYAH Holds DAKAR LEAD AS LOEB Indents UP 6th STAGE WIN

AL-ATTIYAH Holds DAKAR LEAD AS LOEB Indents UP 6th STAGE WIN

- Sebastien Loeb streaked to triumph in the twelfth phase of the Dakar Rally on Friday, the French BRX driver's fifth stage win in succession and his 6th of this release.

The triumph saw the nine-time previous World Convention champion move into second in the general standings behind pioneer and reigning champ Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Loeb, whose five back to back organize wins equalled the record set by Ari Vatanen in 1989, completed 3min 19sec in front of Sweden's Mattias Ekstrom, in the remainder of the three Audi half breeds left in the race.

"It was an ideal day: no slip-ups, no slowing down, no about turns," said Loeb, adding that his objectives had been changed by the constrained unlucky deficiencies of platform trusts Carlos Sainz, Stephane Peterhansel and Yazeed al-Rahji.

"We drove well and the vehicle worked flawlessly. Runner up is our objective, that is the reason we're pushing" added the driver whose title trusts were scratched with a horrible first week plagued by penetrates and moving his vehicle.

Qatar's Al-Attiyah (Toyota) held the general lead, completing third in the stage, 3:31 afloat of Loeb, however 1hr 27 min in front of the Frenchman in the overall standings.

"It's great to complete the long distance race stage and acquire the vehicle back great shape," said Al-Attiyah, who likewise recently won the Dakar in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

"In the event that we finish in the main five every day, that is acceptable for me, we have a sufficiently large lead. I'm content with our day and I really want to believe that we can proceed with this way."

Chile's Jose Ignacio Cornejo, on a Honda, won the motorbike segment, completing 49sec in front of Daniel Sanders (GasGas), with another Australian, double cross champ Toby Value (KTM), in third (1:58).

The outcome was enough for Cost to jump American Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) into the lead position in the general standings, 0.28sec ahead, with Kevin Benavides at 2:40.

There stay only two phases of the 45th version of the Dakar Rally, which started off on December 31 and closes in the eastern city of Dammam on Sunday.

"I was simply attempting to keep a decent smooth reliable speed and presently it's only two days to go, so there's not long," said Cost.

"Attempting to have a technique for the race as of now is all the way through of the window. I've quite recently got to remain on two haggles solid.

"Tomorrow, I'll attempt to push truly hard, on the grounds that on the last day it's a converse matrix. We really want to attempt to check whether we can make some truly great time tomorrow, however at that point again you would rather not push too absurdly and risk a physical issue or being out of the race totally this near the end goal."

Howes let it be known had not been his best stage.

"I didn't actually make it up several the rises, which was truly disappointing," the American said.

"We've actually got two or three additional days left, so we'll continue to push. It is a piece disappointing when you don't actually nail it on the days, yet that is the means by which the Dakar works.

"There are such countless days that you must be on it and I feel like today I was a tad off the speed. What will be will be and we'll continue to push."