Pablo Quintanilla keep close to the head on stage five of Dakar
Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team
January 12th, 2019
The two Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders had the chance to race alongside one another for much of the day’s timed special stage.
As for Pablo Quintanilla, the Chilean rally star made good use of his experience today in Peru. Claiming a 13th place result, Pablo is currently third in the provisional overall. As the 13th rider to start on Sunday, Pablo is in a great position to fight for the provisional overall lead.
On Saturday, all competitors will enjoy a well-deserved day of rest in Arequipa. During the rest day, Pablo and Andrew will be able to prepare themselves for the second week of racing in Peru.
Pablo Quintanilla:“Five days done and I’m in a great position in this rally. The first part of the stage was a lot of fun. I took the lead after the mass start, but then decided to stay off the gas a bit. My eyes are focused on the overall classification and I’m in a good spot to attack during the second week. Today I felt great on my bike. I was able to get a good pace and do my own race. The Dakar is always a long event and you need to always see the overall picture. I’m happy with my performance today because I’ve managed to put myself in a great position for Sunday’s stage six. I am feeling great physically and I’m looking forward to the second week. It’s important to get back as much time as possible on Sunday so that I can then control my pace for the rest of the race.”
2019 Dakar Rally – Stage 5 Provisional Classification
1. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 04:11:48
2. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 04:15:11
3. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 04:15:48
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha), 04:16:14
5. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 04:16:14
6. Luciano Benavides (KTM) 04:16:14
13. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 04:19:07
2019 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 5
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 16:51:34
2. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 16:52:33
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 16:54:26
4. Toby Price (KTM) 16:54:55
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 16:58:10
6. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 17:00:35
10. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 17:19:28