Monster Honda’s Ricky Brabec defended his overall lead on day five of Dakar 2020, riding in a big group to learn more about riding in pure sand.
Reigning champion Toby Price won the stage and is now second overall behind Brabec but the American has a nine-minute lead after Price copped a two-minute penalty added to a small crash.
“The stage included a lot of HP and a lot of sand dune style riding. Not necessarily sand dunes, but sandy. I caught up with the group and we kind of rode together for most of the day, it was really fun,: said Brabec.
“Toby had a little get off back there, but he’s alright and we’re at the finish. The group was together I’d say for most of the day, after the refuelling.
“The race is really close. Toby made a few minutes on me, I caught Kevin today… I don’t know – tomorrow could be tricky. We’ll have to see what happens.”