Dmitry Sotnikov secured his second Dakar stage in the first run of the event’s second week and decreased Gerard De Rooy’s lead to just two minutes.
For the third time in a row, the stage was not completed in its entirety due to poor weather conditions and was instead shortened to a 141km version.Sotnikov beat De Rooy by 4m25s at the finish while the former’s Kamaz teammates Eduard Nikolaev and Ayrat Mardeev were both eight minutes off the pace. Sotnikov passed Nikolaev for second place overall as a result but the latter is also just six minutes behind De Rooy. Iveco duo Ton van Genugten and Federico Villagra both beat De Rooy for second and third in the stage. That allowed Villagra to pass Renault’s Pascal De Beer for fifth with Hans Stacey sitting in seventh.