DAKAR 2023, Stage 1: Victory for SAINZ, LOEB close behind, PETERHANSEL behind

He came in second Sebastien Loeb,which is with it Audi prevented a double win. He won the third place at first Matthias Ekström, who was subsequently penalized with a 15-minute penalty, which saw him slip to 15th place. 

The stage itself was characterized by sand dunes, which were interrupted again and again by rocky areas. The length of the measured part was 367 kilometers, but again it turned out that those who started later had an advantage, as they were able to orient themselves by the wheel tracks of those who rode in front of them. 

Despite everything, it was still not without problems with navigation. One of the main favorites to win among motorists, the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah he lost a good seven minutes towards the end of the stage precisely because of this. Even worse, he took her away Stephane peterhansel, who accumulated nine minutes behind.

Stage 1 is also challenging for motorcyclists, which ended particularly badly for last year's winner.

Korošec started his first Dakar very well among motorcyclists Toni Mulec, who finished the first stage in 34th place, but this time he did a little worse Simon Marčič, which is currently ranked 72nd. Due to an ugly fall, last year's winner has already said goodbye to this year's Dakar Sam sunderland, who fell badly and had to be taken to the hospital.

In the truck class, there are teams in the absence of Russian crews Kamaz and Belarusian teams MAZ, Czech representatives came to the fore. In the first place, it is so Martin Macick with Iveco Powerstar, and on the other Ales Loprais with Prague.

430 kilometers from Sea Camp do Alule.

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