News 8 Jan 2020
Dakar stage three standings amended amid GPS issue as Brabec leads
Price improves overall ranking after fifth on day three.
A GPS issue towards the end of the Dakar Rally stage three has seen organisers forced to amend the overall standings by recording results from the 389-kilometre mark, granting Ricky Brabec (Monster Energy Honda Team) victory on day three and the overall lead.
The problem affected all competitors and resulted in many of the front runners being unable to find a waypoint, meaning results were accepted 38 kilometres short of the planned total.
Brabec capitalised on a challenging day for the field where the podium was dominated by the Monster Energy Honda Team, as Jose Ignacio Cornejo and Kevin Benavides locked out the top three.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner and defending champion Toby Price were fourth and fifth respectively – Price making up significant ground following the amended results.
Brabec leads Benavides and Walkner in the overall standings, followed by Joan Bort (Monster Energy Honda Team) and Cornejo. Price is sixth, 11m58s off the leader.
Australian Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha Motor Australia) wound up 14th on day three for a ranking of 15th, as fellow Aussies Phillip Wilson (Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team), Ben Young (Duust Rally Team), Trevor Wilson (Husqvarna) and Matthew Tisdall (Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team) are now ranked in positions 81, 88, 108, and 124.