With a second-placed finish today, Ricky Brabec has again increased his lead in the general standings over his main rivals. The official HRC rider now leads Pablo Quintanilla by 25 minutes and Joan Barreda by 27 minutes.
After a cautious first week, Joan Barreda continues to improve his form with a stage win today in Shubaytah. The stage was halted at the neutralised section, meaning the Spaniard has won by one minute ahead of his team-mate Ricky Brabec, who rode a brilliant performance. Kevin Benavides has made it a 1-2-3 for Honda.
Due to the fact that the resources committed to ensure the safety of the competitors are virtually all entirely mobilised and with a deterioration in weather conditions (strong winds), the Race Directors have decided to halt the 10th stage between HARADH and SHUBAYTAH after 345 km (NEU OUT). The competitors from all the categories will thus travel to the marathon bivouac in link stage mode.
Toby Price, Joan Barreda and Pablo Quintanilla have resumed the special after 1 hour and 45 minutes on the long neutralised section. They now have 175 km left to try and make the difference.