Dakar 2016, stage 5: A day of low and declarations


The second part of the marathon stage does not usually take prisoners and several have been pilots who have succumbed to its hardness. Away from this point, S├ębastien Loeb has recorded his third victory on this Dakar in the car category and Toby Price, their second victory in the bikes. The category of quads has lost several of the favorites and has experienced a turnaround, while in the truck Kamaz has taken his first win. The breakdowns and the problems of health derived from ‘altitude sickness’ have been a constant.

After lifted with the victory, Toby Price he stated in goal: “it Has been a marathon journey difficult. There was a part of the navigation complicated. I caught up with some riders and I had to eat a little bit of dust. Then I made some mistakes at the end. I was afraid of falling out of the track. The 30 or 40 last kilometers have been delicate by the navigation“. The australian was incredulous with his win: “I did Not expect to end up with an advantage as well. There are to follow as well. There is still a long road ahead. There are seven stages. A lot can happen between now and the end goal. The bike has worked well“.


S├ębastien Loeb has scored his third win of stage: “We have
lost a bit of time in the last part with regard to Carlos
Sainz, who has had to roll to stop on the winding tracks. Trusted
much in the work of Daniel
because I have seen how he prepared his books
path. Yesterday I was a little cautious with the mechanics but today I’ve
left to carry more and the car responded beautifully”
. However,
the frenchman is cautious: Tomorrow we will open the track with a route of 520
, so we will have to be very careful with the

One of the people affected by the hardness of the stage
today has been Cyril Despres
, with mechanical problems on his Peugeot 2008
DRK16: “The car has oil, diesel and water. It’s weird because not
we managed to exceed the 50 km/h
for the last 100 km We stopped and
we have tried to see where it was coming from the problem, but have not found
he. We stopped a second time and Romain Dumas we have been towed
to overcome a hill”
. The former ‘motard’ take it with philosophy: “The
Dakar is not over yet, andwe’re only in the fifth day of competition and
we can follow
, which is the most important”.