ANDREW SHORT CLAIMS CAREER BEST RESULT ON STAGE FIVE OF DAKAR
The two Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders had the chance to race alongside one another for much of the day's timed special stage. Remaining fast from start to finish, Andrew Short claimed his best individual stage result of this Dakar. Finishing fifth on stage five, he bettered his strong sixth place result from stage 10 of the 2018 Dakar. His top five result on Friday allows Andrew to move back inside the top 10 of the overall standings.
As for Pablo Quintanilla, the Chilean rally star made good use of his experience today in Peru. Claiming a 13th place result, Pablo is currently third in the provisional overall. As the 13th rider to start on Sunday, Pablo is in a great position to fight for the provisional overall lead.
On Saturday, all competitors will enjoy a well-deserved day of rest in Arequipa. During the rest day, Pablo and Andrew will be able to prepare themselves for the second week of racing in Peru.
Andrew Short: "I had a better day today. It was really fun to ride with Pablo pretty much all day. The mass start was huge fun, especially for a guy like me coming from motocross. From the beach we went to the big dunes. It was really steep and we were going up and down all the time. That part was really fun to ride. Overall, it was a good day for me and Pablo and hopefully as we continue we can keep getting better. When I have someone like Pablo who I can trust, it's a lot easier for me to ride fast. The more I ride with the top guys the better I can get. I am getting more experience and I hope I can keep improving during the second week of racing."
1. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 04:11:48
2. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 04:15:11
3. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 04:15:48
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha), 04:16:14
5. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 04:16:14
6. Luciano Benavides (KTM) 04:16:14
13. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 04:19:07
2019 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 5
1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 16:51:34
2. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 16:52:33
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 16:54:26
4. Toby Price (KTM) 16:54:55
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 16:58:10
6. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 17:00:35
10. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 17:19:28