Daily Dakar: Stage 6

There is only one way to adequately start this edition of the Daily Dakar, and that is to pay tribute to the three lives lost during the rally yesterday. First, fifty year old Belgian rider Eric Palante, a veteran of 11 Dakars, who was declared dead yesterday morning. And second, Agustin Mina and Daniel Ambrosiao of the Argentine news team, whose car crashed into a ravine. Death is no stranger to the Dakar, and everyone involved recognizes it as a possibility, but all the same every loss is a tragedy and the world is poorer without these three men in it.

Today's daily is going to be a bit shorter than usual as I've been forced to make a late start due to what can only be described as a very busy day leading to a late night. I apologize and promise to return to form after today's Rest Day.

It was bound to happen at some point and indeed yesterday was the day Mini scored a 1-2-3 finish on a stage. Stephane Peterhansel took the lead early and held on throughout to score his second stage win of the 2014 Dakar. He finished ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Orlando Terranova, the other two drivers who made up the all-Mini podium. With the stage win the defending Dakar champ moved to 33 minutes back of current overall leader Nani Roma.

Daily Dakar: Stage 6

As has become tradition, it was a rough day for the Americans. Robby Gordon couldn't find the pace to match the front runners, losing two-to-four minutes between each waypoint and ultimately ending the day in 21st position 21 minutes down. BJ Baldwin had an even more disappointing day in the buggy buggy, as he lost more than 40 minutes early in the stage and, like Robby, continued to drop minutes throughout the stage. For the fifth time in six stages Baldwin ended the day more than an hour behind. A disappointing showing to be sure, but hopefully he's gathering valuable information for EVR to work with in preparation for next season.

Car Results, Stage 6
1) #300 Peterhansel (FRA, Mini) - 2h42m58s
2) #301 Al-Attiyah (QAT, Mini) - +0:02:43
3) #307 Terranova (ARG, Mini) - +0:05:20
4) #302 De Villiers (ZAF, Toyota) - +0:06:06
5) #303 Sainz (ESP, SMG) - +0:06:31
6) #304 Roma (ESP, Mini) - +0:06:36
7) #314 Vasilyev (RUS, Mini) - +0:12:02
8) #309 Holowczyc (POL, Mini) - +0:12:34
9) #330 Villagra (ARG, Mini) - +0:12:53
10) #315 Lavieille (FRA, Haval) - +0:13:01
21) #305 Gordon (USA, HST) - +0:24:26
60) #318 Baldwin (USA, Jefferies) - +1:18:44

Car Overall Standings
1) #304 Roma (ESP, Mini) - 22h11m28s
2) #307 Terranova (ARG, Mini) - +0:30:30
3) #300 Peterhansel (FRA, Mini) - +0:33:23
4) #302 De Villiers (ZAF, Toyota - +0:40:54
5) #301 Al-Attiyah (QAT, Mini) - +1:22:35
6) #303 Sainz (ESP, SMG) - +1:59:38
7) #328 Dabrowski (POL, Toyota) - +1:59:39
8) #316 Thomasse (FRA, Buggy MD Rallye) - +2:21:08
9) #309 Holowczyc (POL, Mini) - +2:28:57
10) #322 Malysz (POL, Toyota) - +2:43:13
21) #305 Gordon (USA, HST) - +5:52:19
39) #318 Baldwin (USA, Jefferies) - +11:16:17

Daily Dakar: Stage 6

In bikes the mighty Sherco flexed its muscle for the second time as Alain Duclos held off the might of KTM, Honda, and Yamaha to win his first stage of the rally and Sherco's second. Marc Coma came home second on the stage, extending his overall rally lead over Joan Barreda Bort by another minute. Bort is trying to recover from a dismal stage 5, which may well have cost him the rally.

Bike Results, Stage 6:
1) #022 Duclos (FRA, Sherco) - 4h21m34s
2) #002 Coma (ESP, KTM) - +0:01:15
3) #017 Metge (FRA, Yamaha) - +0:01:49
4) #003 Barreda Bort (ESP, Honda) - +0:02:22
5) #001 Despres (FRA, Yamaha) - +0:02:55
6) #007 Rodrigues (PRT, Honda) - +0:04:21
7) #019 Svitko (SVK, KTM) - +0:07:46
8) #015 Przygonski (POL, KTM) - +0:08:12
9) #004 Viladoms (ESP, KTM) - +0:10:26
10) #038 (Israel Esquerre (CHL, Speedbrain) - +0:11:13

Bike Overall Standings
1) #002 Coma (ESP, KTM) - +23h08m00s
2) #003 Barreda Bort (ESP, Honda) - +0:42:17
3) #022 Duclos (FRA, Sherco) - +1:00:58
4) #004 Viladoms (ESP, KTM) - +1:08:09
5) #038 Israel Esquerre (CHL, Speedbrain) - +1:33:28
6) #006 Pain (FRA, Yamaha) - +1:43:08
7) #015 Przygonski (POL, KTM) - +1:49:59
8) #007 Rodrigues (PRT, Honda) - +2:01:24
9) #009 Casteu (FRA, KTM) - +2:12:05
10) #026 Gouet (CHL, Honda) - +2:17:26

Daily Dakar: Stage 6

In the trucks poor Nikolaev just can't get a win. After leading for the first half of the stage the defending champion found himself caught by Versluis in the MAN. By the end of the stage Karginov and Van Vliet had outrun Nikolaev as well, pushing him off the podium entirely. A rough day for Edouard but a great day for the MAN trucks.

Truck Results, Stage 6:
1) #505 Versluis (NLD, MAN) - 1h52m55s
2) #506 Karginov (RUS, Kamaz) - +0:01:11
3) #508 Van Vliet (NLD, MAN) - +0:01:36
4) #500 Nikolaev (RUS, Kamaz) - +0:02:07
5) #507 Stacey (NLD, Iveco) - +0:02:47
6) #545 Shibalov (RUS, Kamaz) - +0:03:09
7) #501 de Rooy (NLD, Iveco) - +0:04:06
8) #516 Vila Roca (ESP, Iveco) - +0:04:48
9) #504 Loprais (CZE, Tatra) - +0:4:52
10) #549 Sotnikov (RUS, Kamaz) - +0:06:42

Truck Overall Standings
1) #501 De Rooy (NLD, Iveco) - 23h14m27s
2) #506 Karginov (RUS, Kamaz) - +0:29:05
3) #500 Nikolaev (RUS, Kamaz) - +1:07:42
4) #507 Stacey (NLD, Iveco) - +1:19:44
5) #549 Sotnikov (RUS, Kamaz) - +1:22:35
6) #504 Loprais (CZE, Tatra) - +1:39:53
7) #516 Vila Roca (ESP, Iveco) - +1:51:34
8) #508 Van Vliet (NLD, MAN) - +1:57:58
9) #510 Kuipers (NLD, MAN) - +2:16:05
10) #545 Shibalov (RUS, Kamaz) - +2:36:35

Today's Stage: There is None

Dakar is hard. As a result today is a day of rest and repair for the drivers and teams. Tomorrow the action will pick up again with the bikes entering Bolivia for the first time in Dakar history and the cars doing a big 331 mile loop.

All photos via Dakar.com