Dec 15, 2018

Dakar 2018: Stage 9 – A Cancelled Stage Gives Scott Britnell A Night In A Hotel

Scott Britnell and Donovan Van De Langenberg
The original spirit of the Dakar is all about competitors helping each other. Scott Britnell and Donovan Van De Langenberg have formed a a good friendship during the event.

The cancellation of Stage 9 due to poor weather conditions has given some of the competitors a welcome break and a chance to rest.

Australian Scott Britnell (KTM) even had the opportunity to spend the night in a hotel, a rare pleasure when you’re doing the Dakar, as Scott is, without the benefit of a support team.


  • STAGE 9: Tupiza / Salta
  • Cancelled due to poor conditions
Antoine Meo leads a group of riders on the transition to Salta
Antoine Meo leads a group of riders on a leisurely ride to Salta.

Scott has teamed up with South African rider Donovan Van De Langenberg who, like Scott, is competing in his first Dakar in the totally unassisted Malle Moto class.

The two rookie riders have even managed to gain some valuable international TV time!


Top 5 after Stage 9 (unchanged due to stage cancellation)

  • 1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team)
  • 2. Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda Team) – 00:00:22
  • 3. Matthias Walkner (Red Bull KTM Factory Team) – 00:06:34
  • 4. Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team) – 00:07:35
  • 5. Joan Barreda Bort (Monster Energy Honda Team) – 00:08:01

Australians

  • 4. Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team) – 00:07:35
  • 22. Rodney Faggotter (Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team) – 02:19:31
  • 73. Scott Britnell (KTM) – 16:15:12

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