Sainz completes 2018 Dakar rally victory, Walkner wins bike class

A competitor in action during the 2018 Dakar Rally

A competitor in action during the 2018 Dakar Rally

Sainz finished ninth on the last stage, beating al-Attiyah by 43 minutes.

Despite settling for ninth place, Spaniard Carlos Sainz remained well clear up front, almost 45 minutes ahead of Peterhansel at the top of the overall standings. Stage 13 will now start from San Juan later today.

The two-time World Rally champion maintained his advantage over the second half of the gruelling rally, despite a 10-minute time penalty for a clash with a quad rider which was later rescinded, and when Peterhansel suffer steering issues after a crash on the penultimate stage Sainz's victory was effectively secured with the easier final stage covering a total of 286km.

Carlos Sainz remains at the front of the pack in the 13th stage of the Dakar Rally. The Indian rider rode with a goal to improve his ranking and finished the 13th stage in 33rd position.

For the cars, the stage 11 was of 747 km and Toyota Gazoo Racing SA's Bernhard Ten Brinke and Michel Perin finished the first leg of the marathon stage on top.

Matthias Walkner is also close to the motorcycle title despite finishing fifth on Wednesday, almost 10 minutes behind his nearest challenger Kevin Benavides.

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In the motorcycle category, Austrian KTM rider Matthias Walkner ended the day with a 22 minute lead over Argentina's Kevin Benavides on a Honda.

It is also a third win in four races for Peugeot, who have said they will not race next year.

Spaniard Sainz is an hour ahead of fellow Peugeot driver Peterhansel with three stages of the rally to go after finishing third on Wednesday, 10 seconds ahead of the Frenchman.

Meanwhile, the terrain was deemed too unsafe for bikes and quads, and the 12th stage was cancelled for safety reasons in those two categories. "This took a lot from me, but here we are", Walkner said.

Hero MotoSports continued to make steady progress, both riders tackling the stage carefully to avoid any incidents just a day before the final stage.

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