Skyler Howes - Husqvarna Factory Racing - 2023 Dakar Rally

Winner on day 9, Luciano Benavides had the unenviable process of main out into at present’s tenth stage of the 2023 Dakar Rally. The Argentine racer did an impeccable job nonetheless, opening the stage from begin to end to in the end publish the thirteenth quickest time. Teammate Skyler Howes took a conservative method to at present’s particular, minimising the prospect of any navigational errors and guaranteeing an advantageous begin place for Thursday’s first half of the marathon stage.

Persevering with to ship stable and calculated rides at this 12 months’s Dakar, Luciano Benavides confidently took on the problem of opening the primary stage that entered the dunes of the Empty Quarter and excelled. Using alone up entrance for the whole 114 kilometres, Benavides misplaced the minimal time to his rivals whereas additionally guaranteeing a robust begin place for tomorrow. Finishing the day in thirteenth, six minutes down on the eventual winner, Luciano retains his top-10 inserting within the total standings and is within the excellent place to assault tomorrow’s first leg of the marathon stage.

Additionally placing in a thought-about journey via the dunes at present, Skyler Howes took a while to reacquaint himself with the Empty Quarter terrain and to make sure he made little or no in the way in which of navigational errors. With Thursday’s stage 11 coming in at round twice the space of at present’s particular, Skyler is absolutely conscious of the significance of delivering a stable, mistake-free end result on the way in which to the non permanent bivouac of the marathon stage. Though Howes dropped all the way down to second within the total standings, he lies only one and a half minutes from the lead – time he hopes to make up tomorrow.

Luciano Benavides: “Right this moment had a extremely lengthy liaison within the morning – virtually 500 kilometres ridden after a really early begin. It was the primary stage within the Empty Quarter and so it was stuffed with dunes – similar to the terrain seen in Abu Dhabi truly. I opened the entire stage and I believe I did an excellent job. I picked up two minutes of bonus time, however in fact you do lose a couple of minutes to the blokes behind chasing the tracks. I pushed all day, attempting to do my greatest, and I believe I completed simply inside the highest 15, which supplies me an excellent begin place for tomorrow.”

Skyler Howes: “Yeah, we knew what we have been stepping into coming into the Empty Quarter with all of the dunes. However at present, with the particular being so brief, I needed to verify I used to be in an excellent place to push on tomorrow’s marathon stage. I took issues somewhat simpler at present to get a really feel for the dunes and simply took issues somewhat conservatively. I did have one superior second the place I placed on some model for the helicopter however tousled the touchdown. All was good although and now we now have a for much longer day of extra dunes tomorrow – I’m wanting ahead to it.”

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2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 10 Provisional Classification

1. Ross Department (Hero) 1:44:00
2. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 1:44:21
3. Michael Docherty (Husqvarna) 1:44:30
4. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 1:45:00
5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 1:45:22
6. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:46:43

13. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:50:18
18. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 1:51:38

2023 Dakar – Provisional General Classification [After Stage 10]

1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 35:46:06
2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 35:47:35
3. Toby Value (KTM) 35:48:16
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 35:55:58
5. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 36:01:04
6. Mason Klein (KTM) 36:01:44

8. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 36:07:50

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