British champ Sunderland out of Dakar Rally due to back pain

British champ Sunderland out of Dakar Rally due to back pain

Dakar debutant Oriol Mena, also competing for Hero MotoSports Team, finished 11th, his second top-15 stage finish. The Spanish rider is now ranked 15th overall in the Moto class, after five stages of rallying.

In the 5th stage, the organisers separated the route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks.

Regardless of what happens next, Monster Energy Honda's Joan Barreda showed that counting him out of the 2018 Dakar Rally was definitely premature.

Withdrawal of Aravind means Hero MotoSports' CS Santosh is the only Indian rider left in the rider's roaster to finish the rally. Santhosh has also improved his overall standing from 53rd to 51st after day 5. Adrien van Beveren leads the rally by a narrow margin ahead of Kevin Benavides.

In the bikes category, the fifth stage was won by Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort. Red Bull KTM's Matthias Walkner remains third with a 2m50s gap to new leader Benavides.

Barreda is now fourth, just 7 minutes and 30 seconds out of the lead-a very manageable deficit, while teammate Benavides inched closer to the rally lead. Just 5km into the stage, Loeb found himself stuck in the sand and lost nearly three hours. But with his co-driver Daniel Elena injured, Loeb made a decision to quit the rally.

After suffering a bad Stage 3 in which he fell 22 minutes and 45 seconds off the pace and then failed to put much of a dent in that time deficit during Stage 4, the Spanish rider showed just how fast he can go on a rally bike in Stage 5 yesterday, where he dominated the 266-kilometer timed special to make up a whopping 14 minutes on the leaders as he grabbed his 21st career Dakar Rally stage win. They maintained their lead over teammates Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz by finishing second in stage 6.

Race leader and defending champion Peterhansel took second place, more than four minutes behind, and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah was third, five minutes off the pace in his Toyota.

Walkner is third in the general.

The fifth stage of the Dakar Rally 2018 was a challenging one, and the whole Peru stages were too hard for the amateur riders and drivers. There were several retirements, and the latest one was Aravind KP.

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