GASGAS Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz has reached the midway point of the 2020 Dakar Rally having claimed her best performance of the event so far. Overcoming what was a tough start to the rally, the Spaniard has finished 15th on the second-longest leg of the event from Ha’il to Riyadh and now sits 18th overall aboard her GASGAS RC 450F.
- Pushing hard Laia secures her highest finish of the 2020 Dakar Rally
- Following six tough days of racing she sits 18th overall
- Laia will now enjoy a well-earned rest day ahead of 741-kilometre stage seven
Laia Sanz: “Today was a really good day for me. It was hard, but not too difficult. Just really long, and that made it tough. There was a lot of demanding high-speed riding, which needed a lot of concentration. I felt really good from the beginning for the stage and tried to push as much as I could. It was nice because it was not so dusty. The dunes were really cool, a nice stage to finish the first half of the rally. Now I’m looking forward to some rest and then what I am sure will be a tough stage seven.”
After Saturday’s rest day, competitors will face six more days of racing. Leaving the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh and finishing in Wadi Al-Dawasir, stage seven will be a true test of navigation skills. With small dunes scattered along the entire route, the 546-kilometre special is the longest of the 2020 Dakar Rally. Riders will have to remain fully focused to maintain their pace and position in the race.
Provisional results: Dakar Rally 2020, stage 6
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 4:36:28
2. Joan Barreda (Honda) 4:38:02 +1:34
3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 4:39:13 +2:45
15. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 4:59:13 +22:45
Provisional standings: Dakar Rally 2020 (after stage 6)
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 23:43:47
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 24:04:43 +20:56
3. Toby Price (KTM) 24:09:26 +25:39
18. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 26:20:08 +2:36:21