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Saudi Arabia is +8 hours on Eastern Time / +11 on the West Coast.
January 2nd-7th, the Rally Raid starts in Ha'il, Saudi Arabia and races South than West before racing to North to the city of Riyadh.
January 8th, Rest Day Riyadh
January 9th-14th, the Rally Raid continues from Riyadh through the Southern area of Saudi Arabia before heading to West, than West, finishing in Jeddah.
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Moto: Sunderland regains control of the Dakar
On completion of stage 8, Sam Sunderland has regained the lead in the bike category general rankings, making it the 6th day in this position for the GasGas rider. He has even managed to increase his lead on the end of the special and now lies 3’45 ahead of Walkner and 4'43 ahead of Van Beveren. Pablo Quintanilla, 4th in the general rankings, has moved to within 5'30'' of the leader thanks to his 2nd place on the day’s special. The other Honda rider, Joan Barreda, is 5th, 14'38'' behind the leader. Santolino has moved into 6th position but the gap between the top of the rankings has increased threefold. The Sherco rider now trails the new general standings Sam Sunderland leader by 21'09''. Mason Klein, who could already be called the revelation of this 44th edition of the Dakar, achieved the day’s fifth best time, 8'08'' behind the winner and now occupies 10th place, 35'26'' behind the Englishman, and three minutes behind none other than Toby price! Privateer Štefan Svitko is in front of the Australian, in 8th place, 27 minutes behind the only official GasGas rider left in the race.
Car: Ekström wins, Loeb regains time
Mattias Ekström has won the day’s special, his very first on the Dakar. He is the second Audi driver to win this year after Carlos Sainz. The Swede finished 49’’ ahead of his team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel. Sébastien Loeb finished third on the day’s podium, three seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz. More importantly, Loeb climbed back up the general rankings to come to within 37’58’’ of Nasser Al-Attiyah. Yazeed Al Rajhi also lost time today and now trails Al-Attiayah by 53’13’’.
LW Proto: 8 for Quintero!
Seth Quintero has one for the eighth time on this edition of the Dakar on completion of the day’s special. The American has finished with a lead of almost 12’ over Sebastian Eriksson, who himself managed to regain time after a tricky start. Russian Pavel Lebedev finishes on the third step of the day’s podium. As a result, Quintero is closing in on the record… All he needs is two more stage victories to equal Pierre Lartigue in 1994.
SSV: A new 1-2 for the Goczał brothers!
On completion of the day’s special, Marek and Michał Goczał have achieved their third 1-2 finish of the year (after stages 1A and 3). The two Poles have shared the day’s podium with Austin Jones. The American still leads the general rankings, with an advantage of 6 minutes over Gerard Farrés and a little less than a quarter of an hour over Michał Goczał.
Overall after Stage 8
Bikes Top 3 - Stage 8
Cars Top 3 - Stage 8
The Coronel Bro's withdrew before the start of Stage 8
Light Weight Vehicles Top 3 - Stage 8
Light-Weight Vehicles Highlights
SSV Top 3 - Stage 8
Extended highlights of the day - Stage 8
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