The 2017 champion landed a critical blow and won in style in Pisco. Eduard Nikolaev beat Federico Villagra by over three minutes and Aleš Loprais by six. The rest of the field was so far behind that the Russian is already padding his overall lead.
After a dominant ride yesterday, Ignacio Casale confirmed with a second consecutive victory on the dunes of Isca that he is one of the hot favourites to win the overall. However, Sergey Karyakin was hot on the heels of the Yamaha rider throughout the stage and finished only 43 seconds back. The battle is on between the 2014 and 2017 Dakar champions.
Airat Mardeev connait une deuxième spéciale agitée. Lointain 19e au passage du CP1 à 26 minutes de son coéquipier chez Kamaz, le vainqueur 2015 est actuellement arrêté au kilomètre 68.
Locked in a fierce battle with Sergey Karyakin for what would be his second consecutive win, Ignacio Casale was still faster than the Russian at CP2. However, Karyakin is only one minute down and still very much in the running.