He was also 5min 05sec in front of 2011 and 2015 Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in a Toyota.
After suffering a awful 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. "The stage was tough, especially the last 50km or so", Santosh said. "Now we have about 450km to make it to the Bivouac at Arequipa and it will be another day in the bag". Toyota driver Bernhard ten Brinke is placed in the third position in the overall standings. They had very little help from the leading Peugeot, especially on the second part of the stage where there were nearly no tracks to follow. "This is really important, and I hope that we get the chance to make up even more time". Prior to KP, Sherco TVS also lost Adrien Metge on Stage 2 after injuries to his shin. This sees the Dutch driver maintain his third position in the general classification, with Al Attiyah holding steady in fourth, and De Villiers in fifth.
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Hernandez finished the day seventh fastest, four minutes and twenty-eight seconds off the pace of Gonzalez Ferioli, but more importantly one minute and seventeen minutes off the pace of Casale, and behind French riders Simon Vitse and Bruno da Costa.
The sixth stage of the rally saw the action move from Peru to Bolivia as riders traversed through the 758 km long stretch from Arequipa to La Paz. Here the race crews will have to service their own cars, without assistance from the technical crews, before tackling Stage 8. This will also mark the rally's first marathon stage of 425 km.
The 40th edition of the Dakar rally is underway in South America, starting in Lima, Peru, and traversing the brutal-yet-scenic terrain of Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. "But we have to take things one day at a time, and as such we'll concentrate on the rest day first".