It’s a long way from over, but finally, after six grueling days of racing, Laia Sanz can enjoy some well-earned rest having successfully completed yet another difficult day of racing at Dakar Rally 2021. Completing special stage six in 25th position, Laia has so far notched-up more than 26 hours of racing aboard her GASGAS RC 450F. Tired, but in positive spirits, the 'Queen of the Desert' will now rest and make preparations for what will undoubtedly be six more days of arduous racing.
Laia Sanz: “I’m happy today, I feel like I rode well. But the second half of the day was pretty tough for me. I’m pushing, I’m pushing, but after these six hard days of racing I’m really feeling it. But it’s like this, Dakar is always tough, especially when you start the event with less than perfect preparation. Of course, I want to be faster, I want to be further up the results, but all things considered I’m happy. Importantly, even if some of the stages have been faster than I like, I’m enjoying being here at Dakar. I certainly welcome the fact that tomorrow I don’t have to wake up super early and race many hundreds of kilometers, it’s going to be good to relax a little with the team and prepare as best as I can for next week. There’s a lot of racing ahead of us, many more long and difficult stages, but so far things have been good – my bike’s great, no major falls, I’m looking forward to more racing… but after some rest!”
Continuing to dig deep and carry her consistent riding into stage six, Laia enjoyed another strong day in the saddle, moving up five places early on in the stage before easing her pace a little as tiredness set in towards the end of the shortened 347-kilometer special. Knowing the importance of maintaining her focus and arriving at the mid-way point of the race without injury or damage to her bike, Laia brought her GASGAS RC 450F home in 25th position, and pleased to have completed the first week of Dakar Rally 2021.
With six grueling days of racing now complete, Laia will tomorrow take a well-earned break from competition and focus her attentions on preparations for week two of Dakar Rally 2021. A long way from over, with another six days of racing still separating her from the event’s finish in Jeddah one thing’s certain, from here on in things are only going to get tougher and tougher!
Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2021, stage 6
1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 3:45:27
2. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:45:40
3. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 3:46:20
25. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 4:16:23
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 6)
1. Toby Price (KTM) 24:08:43
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 24:10:59
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 24:11:40
25. Laia Sanz (GASGAS) 26:25:49