Courtesy of Red Bull Desert Wings
Friday, July 12
Finding the right way on stage six at the 2019 Silk Way Rally could end up being the difference between success and failure. In the final Mongolian stage of the rally the country’s picturesque landscape provided a sting in the tail.
Many of the top competitors lost their way en route to Dalanzadgad. Now the overall rankings have been shaken up ahead of the border crossing into China.
In the bike race it was Sam Sunderland (GBR) who managed to avoid all the navigational pitfalls during today’s 408-kilometre timed special stage. Despite opening the road, Sunderland was able to make time on all of his rivals for first place in the bike race.
“I was riding alone up front for a long time today. It’s really nice scenery and I’ve really been enjoying my time here in Mongolia.” – Sam Sunderland
There was a Top 5 finish on the stage for Sunderland’s fellow Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Laia Sanz (ESP). The third member of the squad, Luciano Benavides (ARG), drops to third overall after running into navigational trouble.
“The roadbook was a little complicated to read, I took my time and found the right way. I guess I lost about three minutes looking for the correct way.” – Laia Sanz
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In the car race the runaway leaders, Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FRA), looked to be in a vulnerable position after making a navigational mistake. However, all of their rivals also followed the duo’s Toyota Hilux in taking a wrong turn.
The result was a sixth consecutive stage win for Al-Attiyah and Baumel as they extended their lead in the car race to over 40 minutes.
“Sometimes navigation is not easy, and today was one of those days. We were never lost, we just had to go back a few hundred metres to find the right way. I’m still very happy with how our race is going.” – Nasser Al-Attiyah
In the truck contest there was little progress by Team Kamaz Master as they try to knock Siarhay Viazovich (BLR) off top spot. Kamaz’s leading truckers Anton Shibalov (RUS) and Andrey Karginov (RUS) both went on the attack, but their Belarusian rival was able to match their speed on stage six.
“Today was the fastest stage of the entire rally so far. I was on the gas pedal all day. The speed was constantly around 138 to 140kph!” – Andrey Karginov
Tomorrow sees the 2019 Silk Way Rally enter its third and final country, China. There will be no timed special stage, but the convoy must still complete a liaison route of over 550 kilometres. It’s the closest thing to a Rest Day at this edition of the Silk Way.
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|2019 Silk Way Rally: Stage 6 Results Car: Top 3|
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux 01:56:35
2. Eric Van Loon (NLD)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA) Toyota Hilux +00:03:15
3. Mathieu Serradori (FRA)/Fabian Lurquin (BEL) Buggy +00:03:25 Bike: Top 3
1. Oriol Mena (ESP) Hero 02:13:32
2. Adam Tomiczek (POL) Husqvarna +00:00:16
3. Joan Barreda (ESP) Honda +00:03:03
Truck: Top 3
1. Siarhay Viazovich (BLR) MAZ 02:08:14
2. Anton Shibalov (RUS) Kamaz +00:00:27
3. Ayrat Mardeev (RUS) Kamaz +00:00:28
| 2019 Silk Way Rally: Overall Rankings after Stage 6 Car: Top 3|
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux 13:44:16
2. Kun Liu (CHN)/Hongyu Pan (CHN) SMG Buggy +00:40:33
3. Jérome Pelichet (FRA)/Pascal Larroque (FRA) Optimus +00:50:12 Bike: Top 3
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 15:02:50
2. Oriol Mena (ESP) Hero +00:21:10
3. Luciano Benavides (ARG) KTM +00:23:17
Truck: Top 3
1. Siarhay Viazovich (BLR) MAZ 14:42:19
2. Anton Shibalov (RUS) Kamaz +00:16:31
3. Andrey Karginov (RUS) Kamaz +00:23:52
|Quotes Sam Sunderland: “I was riding alone up front for a long time today. It’s really nice scenery and I’ve really been enjoying my time here in Mongolia. We had a bit of rain today, it was actually quite refreshing after how hot it has been. I’ve been feeling a bit sick, so I hope I start to feel better soon. We’ve got three days of racing to go, so we’re getting close now.” Laia Sanz: “I was happy with my riding today. I got a little lost at one point, but not too bad. I took my time and found the right way. I guess I lost about three minutes looking for the correct way. I’m happy with how things are going so far, I want to keep going now until the end.” Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Sometimes navigation is not easy, and today was one of those days. We were never lost, we just had to go back a few hundred metres to find the right way. I’m still very happy with how our race is going. This is such a nice race to be a part of. Tomorrow will be like a rest day. OK we have to drive around 500 kilometres, but there is no special stage so it will be a relaxed day.” Andrey Karginov: “Today was the fastest stage of the entire rally so far. I was on the gas pedal all day. The speed was constantly around 138 to 140kph! We lost about five-and-a-half-minutes because we had to change a tyre. We got a puncture jumping over a rock. We did our best to make up the time we lost on the rest of the stage.”|
| Remaining stages |
July 13 – Stage 7 – DALANZADGAD to BAYINBAOLIGE
July 14 – Stage 8 – BAYINBAOLIGE to ALASHAN
July 15 – Stage 9 – ALASHAN to JIAYUGUAN
July 16 – Stage 10 – JIAYUGUAN to DUNHUANG