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Stephane Peterhansel wins Dakar for a record-extending 14th time

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French veteran Stephane Peterhansel gained the Dakar Rally for a document-extending 14th time on Friday, and his eighth in the car or truck group, right after a gruelling two months in the Saudi Arabian deserts.

The 55-12 months-outdated X-Raid Mini JCW driver, nicknamed “Mr Dakar” for his unparalleled achievements, 1st gained the endurance occasion on a motorcycle in 1991 and switched to autos right after 5 far more wins on two wheels.

“It’s continue to the exact emotion … there are no simple victories on the Dakar,” said Peterhansel right after a triumph that also created him the 1st driver to gain the rally on a few continents.

Argentine Kevin Benavides, driving a Honda, turned the 1st South American to gain the motorcycle title right after the twelfth and remaining phase that ended in Jeddah.

The annual rally began in 1978 as a race from Paris to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, but moved from Africa for security reasons in 2009. It is now held totally in Saudi Arabia right after a stint in South The united states.

This 12 months was the forty third staging of the occasion.

Friday’s finish was clouded by news of the dying of French novice rider Pierre Cherpin who had been in an induced coma considering that he crashed on the seventh phase.

The 52-12 months-outdated novice was the 1st fatality of this year’s occasion. Two motorcycle riders died on the Dakar last January.

Peterhansel, who had led considering that the 2nd phase but gained only a single of the twelve, completed 14 minutes and fifty one seconds in advance of Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, a a few times Dakar winner, in a Toyota.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, the defending winner and Peterhansel’s teammate, gained the remaining phase and completed third over-all.

“The big difference was in all probability that Nasser created the 1st oversight on the prologue. He gained the prologue and I assume it was his 1st oversight. He in all probability shed the Dakar due to the fact he wanted to gain the prologue,” said Peterhansel.

By successful the Jan. 2 prologue, Al-Attiyah had to go 1st on phase a single and open the road for people guiding. He shed twelve minutes.

In the motorcycle class, 2020 winner Ricky Brabec of the United States gained the remaining phase to finish runner-up to group mate Benavides and total Honda’s 1st a single-two Dakar finish considering that 1987.

Britain’s Sam Sunderland, the 2017 winner, completed third over-all for KTM.

“On phase 5 I was worried, due to the fact I crashed so rapid and hit my head and my ankle and felt a large amount of pain. On that working day I said probably the Dakar is completed for me. But I continued pushing,” said Benavides.

“I continue to have some pain, but at the instant I am far more content than in pain.”

Manuel Andujar created it an Argentine double with victory in the quadbike class.

Russian Dmitry Sotnikov took his 1st title in the truck group, gained by the Kamaz group for the fifth 12 months in a row.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London Enhancing by Robert Birsel, Alison Williams and Toby Davis)

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