LIMA, Peru — Nasser Al-Attiyah won his third Dakar Rally crown whereas Toby Price won his second motorcycle title in a race that featured one final twist Thursday.
Price got here to the 10th and closing stage after racing virtually 5,200 kilometers with solely a one-minute lead over Pablo Quintanilla. Simply 10 kilometers into the dune-heavy, 112-kilometer course from Pisco to Lima, Quintanilla fell off his bike and injured his foot.
The probabilities of profitable a primary Dakar evaporated immediately, however the Chilean obtained again on his Husqvarna to strive to save a podium place. He misplaced 19 minutes, although, and completed outdoors the highest 10.
Al-Attiyah may sit again and play it protected thanks to a 51-minute lead total. He let others race for the stage win, which went to Carlos Sainz, final yr’s champion.
Rolling in 9 minutes later in his Toyota, Al-Attiyah won the Dakar by 46 minutes over Nani Roma, the 2014 champion.
Runner-up to Sainz final yr, Al-Attiyah regained the title he earned in 2011 and 2015, when he additionally won with French co-driver Mathieu Baumel.
Roma, who won two motorcycle titles earlier than switching to 4 wheels in 2005, was second after a busier-than-usual yr of rallying to rebound from crashing out early within the Dakar final yr. Sebastien Loeb, who was in title rivalry till electrical issues Monday, was third at his fourth Dakar.
After Quintanilla crashed, Price won the ultimate stage, his first of this Dakar.
Defending champion Matthis Walkner, solely six minutes behind total, threatened early however light on the stage to end two minutes behind in third.
Walkner was second total, 9 minutes behind. The highest two rode KTMs, which won an 18th successive motorcycle class.
Price broke the scaphoid bone in his proper wrist earlier than the Dakar and went for broke on Tuesday to take the general lead.