Sainz wins Car division
Brabec wins Bikes .
American biker Ricky Brabec put an end to Honda's 31-year drought and the 1year winning streak of KTM,
Carlos Sainz took his third title in his third different car.
Carlos Sainz (Mini XRaid) has won the Dakar Rally for the third time while 2019 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah successfully saw off Stephane Peterhansel in the battle for second. Carlos was also a Dakar champion in 2010 in a Volkswagen and 2018 in a Peugeot.
Fernando Alonso rounded off his Dakar debut with a fourth on the final stage in his Toyota Gazoo Hilux and 13th overall. He was the best rookie finisher in cars.
Casey Currie gave America another reason to celebrate in the SSV race.
Ignacio Casale took back the throne in quads.
Andrey Karginov extended the victorious streak of the Kamaz trucks.
Coming from three consecutive victories, Eduard Nikolayev looked every bit the big favourite to win the 42nd edition of the rally. However, the defending champion was off the pace from the beginning and ended up withdrawing due to serious mechanical troubles with his Kamaz truck. The Russian maker showed the depth of its team, starting with 2014 champion Andrey Karginov. The 43-year-old bounced back from an uninspired performance in the opening stage to steal the show with seven stage wins and an infernal pace that left his rivals —and teammates— in the dust, to the point that runner-up Anton Shibalov finished over 42 minutes behind the leader
234 out of the 342 vehicles that started the rally in Jeddah (68.4%) appear in the final general classification: 96 motorbikes, 12 quads, 57 cars, 29 SSVs and 40 trucks.
A further 22 vehicles withdrew from the race but reached Qiddiya under Dakar Experience rules.
A first for America
And they won two categories this year....
Ricky Brabec became the first American to win the Dakar, beating SSV driver Casey Currie to the punch by a matter of minutes. It took 42 years to see the Stars and Stripes fluttering atop the podium, even though many Americans had come close to victory before. Back in 1985, Chuck Stearns finished sixth overall with six stage wins under his belt, while Danny Laporte was runner-up to Peterhansel in 1992. A few years later, Jimmy Lewis, now working as Brabec's trainer, took third place in 2000, followed by Chris Blaisa in fourth place in 2006. Robby Gordon flew the flag for the USA in the car category, but he never managed to improve on his third place in 2009 despite ten spectacular stage wins.
General classification: Cars (Top 10)
Pos Driver Nat Make Time/Gap
1 Carlos Sainz ESP Mini 42:59:17
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah QAT Toyota +0:06:21
3 Stephane Peterhansel FRA Mini +0:09:58
4 Yazeed Al Rajhi KSA Toyota +0:49:10
5 Giniel De Villiers RSA Toyota +1:07:09
6 Orlando Terranova ARG Mini +1:12:15
7 Bernhard ten Brinke NED Toyota +1:18:34
8 Mathieu Serradori FRA Century +1:59:21
9 Yasir Seaidan KSA Mini +3:42:17
10 Wei Han CHN SMG +3:51:07
General classification: Bikes (Top 10)
Pos Rider Nat Make Time/Gap
1 Ricky Brabec USA Honda 40:02:36
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI Husqvarna +0:16:26
3 Toby Price AUS KTM +0:24:06
4 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo CHI Honda +0:31:43
5 Matthias Walkner AUT KTM +0:35:00
6 Luciano Benavides ARG KTM +0:37:34
7 Joan Barreda Bort ESP Honda +0:50:57
8 Franco Caimi ARG Yamaha +1:42:35
9 Skyler Howes USA Husqvarna +2:04:01
10 Andrew Short USA Husqvarna +2:10:40