Jeddah-Carlos Sainz Sr., Saudi Arabia, won the opening stage of the event in Saudi Arabia on Sunday and led the Dakar Rally early on.
Sainz was able to win the stage in 25 seconds, although he dropped three minutes behind the 277km stage on Sunday after a tire puncture stopped the mini X raid during Saturday’s prologue.
As a result, Sainz is eight seconds ahead of his X-Raid teammate Stephane Peterhansel, who finished second on the opening stage. Martin Prokop finished the stage in 3rd place and is now more than 3 minutes behind Sainz.
In the motorcycle class, Toby Price has begun his quest for a third Dakar Rally victory with a stage victory on Sunday. He defeated Kevin Benavides in 31 seconds and jumped to the class lead in 23 seconds.
Ricky Brabets, an American, started first in the motorcycle class after winning the motorcycle part of the prologue, but due to navigation issues, he quickly dropped in rank, more than 18 minutes behind the price.
Alexandre Giroud controlled the opening stage of the quad class and won nearly three minutes to lead the class. Dmitry Sotnikov put the Kamaz program at the top of the track class one stage later and won more than seven minutes on Sunday’s stage.
Sainz leads early in the Dakar Rally
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