Battling her way to the end of another long and physically demanding stage, Laia Sanz has ridden her GasGas RC 450F to a 26th place finish on day five of the 2020 Dakar Rally. Completing the 353-kilometre special stage in a time of four hours and 26 minutes, Laia remains the event’s lead female competitor and sits 23rd overall.
- Laia pleased with cautious ride through 353-kilometre stage five
- As Dakar heads east terrain changes from rocks to sand
- Now 23rd in the provisional overall rankings, Laia remains lead female racer
Laia Sanz: “I didn’t take any risks, and I know I was not so fast, but I am happy with how today went. It was a really hard stage and easy to crash, so the goal was simply to make it through to the finish. It feels like we have ridden a full Dakar already, these first five stage have been really, really tough, so I hope to sleep well tonight and go again tomorrow, before we have the rest day.”
Tomorrow’s stage six will be the second-longest of the 2020 Dakar Rally, totalling 830 kilometres with a 477-kilometre special. In a change to previous days, the special stage will be ridden entirely on sand, which will test the bikes and riders as they head south-east from Ha’il to Riyadh. Once completed, it will mark the halfway point of the event ahead of Saturday's rest day.
Provisional results: Dakar Rally 2020, stage 5
1. Toby Price (KTM) 3:57:33
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 3:58:45 +1:12
3. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 4:00:04 +2:31
26. Laia Sanz (GasGas) 4:26:00 +28:27
Provisional standings: Dakar Rally 2020 (after stage 5)
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 19:07:19
2. Toby Price (KTM) 19:16:25 +9:06
3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 19:18:51 +1:48:12
23. Laia Sanz (GasGas) 21:20:55 +2:13:36