It may have been the longest stage of the 2016 Dakar and come the day after the completion of the first marathon stage but that didn’t seem to worry Toby Price. He powered his Red Bull KTM Factory Team 450RR to victory on stage 6, 1’12” ahead of overall leader Paulo Gonçalves (Honda). Matthias Walkner and Stefan Svitko brought their KTMs home in third and fourth respectively. Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) ended the stage in fifth.

Honda’s Joan Barreda suffered mechanical problems and was towed to the finish by Paolo Ceci. He was classified in 110th place almost five hours behind the stage winner. Kobus Potgieter finished the day in 92nd place while the other Southern African rider, Wessel Bosman, suffered a crash in the first part of today’s stage. He did get going again but lost over 15 hours (including penalties) to the leaders. He was classified as 117th on the stage.

Gonçalves still leads the overall standings but his lead has been cut to just 35 seconds over the hard-charging Price who has now moved up to second. Walkner has taken third while Svitko has dropped down to fourth.

Potgieter is in 102nd overall with Bosman in 117th.

Marcos Patronelli (ARG) of Yamaha Racing Team

Marcos Patronelli (ARG) of Yamaha Racing Team
Image by Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

In the quad class stage 6 was all about the Patronelli brothers, Marcos taking the win by 6’39” from Alejandro. Although Brian Baragwanath was originally classified as third, 8’21” behind the winner, an 11 minute penalty dropped him to fourth. This promoted Sergei Karyakin to third despite incurring a 1 minute penalty of his own.

South African champion George Twigge came home in eighth place on the stage with Ted Barbier in 26th.

In the overall rankings Alejandro Patronelli has a 2’48” lead over his brother with Karyakin in third.

Despite the penalties he has incurred, Baragwanath has moved back into the top ten in the overall rankings. He is now in ninth, Twigge is 11th and Barbier 29th.