AS THE 2020 EVENT MOVES CLOSER TO ITS MID-WAY POINT GASGAS FACTORY RACING’S LAIA SANZ SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ANOTHER GRUELLING STAGE
Battling her way to the end of another long and physically demanding stage, Laia Sanz has ridden her GasGas RC 450F to a 26th place finish on day five of the 2020 Dakar Rally. Completing the 353-kilometre special stage in a time of four hours and 26 minutes, Laia remains the event’s lead female competitor and sits 23rd overall.
Laia pleased with cautious ride through 353-kilometre stage five
As Dakar heads east terrain changes from rocks to sand
Now 23rd in the provisional overall rankings, Laia remains lead female racer
Laia Sanz: “I didn’t take any risks, and I know I was not so fast, but I am happy with how today went. It was a really hard stage and easy to crash, so the goal was simply to make it through to the finish. It feels like we have ridden a full Dakar already, these first five stage have been really, really tough, so I hope to sleep well tonight and go again tomorrow, before we have the rest day.”
Tomorrow’s stage six will be the second-longest of the 2020 Dakar Rally, totalling 830 kilometres with a 477-kilometre special. In a change to previous days, the special stage will be ridden entirely on sand, which will test the bikes and riders as they head south-east from Ha’il to Riyadh. Once completed, it will mark the halfway point of the event ahead of Saturday’s rest day.
Provisional results: Dakar Rally 2020, stage 5