Dakar: Brabec off route, Benavides takes advance on final win

Argentine motorcycle driver Kevin Benavides has made an advance on the final victory in the Dakar Rally.

The 32-year-old Honda driver took advantage of problems with his competitors Ricky Brabec and Joan Barreda in the penultimate stage, from Al Ula to Yanbu.

The American Brabec, who started the stage with 51 seconds behind Benavides, got off the route over 464 kilometers in the classification test and lost a lot of time. Barreda missed a fuel stop and ran out of gas a little later. The Spaniard, fourth in the ranking, had to stop the battle.

Brabec, last years winner, saw his arrears on his Argentine teammate up to more than 7 minutes, with only the final stage to go to Jeddah. The Brit Sam Sunderland was the fastest in the eleventh stage and settled in the rankings between the two Honda drivers. The driver from the KTM team has to make up for more than 4 minutes on Friday at Benavides.