With much of the day’s route extremely high-speed, Franco Caimi opted not to take any unnecessary risks ahead of the marathon stage, which starts tomorrow. Initially picking up places during the slower speed, more technical start of the stage, once average speeds increased the Argentinian settled into a safe rhythm and completed the 410-kilometre special stage in a time of three hours and 40 minutes. Franco holds eighth in the provisional overall standings.
Jamie McCanney completed yet another Dakar stage today, somewhat hampered by dust but like his teammate Caimi, he also chose not to take any risks during the high-speed leg. Pleased to have reached the end of the stage without notable problems, he now looks forward to the first day of the marathon stage, which will see riders camp overnight in a bivouac in Shubaytah, where no outside assistance is allowed.
With nine days of the 2020 Dakar Rally now complete, racers next head to Shubaytah in the south-east, close to the Abu Dhabi border. Leaving Haradh for the second-longest special of the event, it ends with 30 kilometres of sand dunes.