Bringing competitors back to San Juan de Marcona, stage six of the Dakar was contented in the massive dunes of the area. Stopping to assist injured rider Lorenzo Santolino in the opening part of the timed special, Adrien Van Beveren was given back the time lost as soon as he finished the stage.
With six stages contested so far in Peru, WR450F Rally mounted Van Beveren has finished inside the top five in five of them. Holding on to a strong fifth place in the overall standings, Adrien is less than ten minutes behind the event's provisional leader.
Following his strong third place result on stage five, Xavier de Soultrait was unable to show his true potential on Sunday's stage six. Suffering sea sickness in the massive dunes, Xavier had to settle for an 11th place result on stage six. He will be the 11th rider to start tomorrow's stage seven.
With just four stages left to be contested, the 2019 Dakar Rally is now entering its most decisive phase. On Monday competitors will race a 323km timed special in a 387km loop around the city of San Juan de Marcona.