Casale seals dominant third Dakar quad title

David Gruz
motorsport.com

Casale, who returned after a one-year excursion into the SxS category last year, dominated the quad class for the duration of the marathon.

Laying the foundation of his title with three stage wins in the first four days, he finished every time in the top three until Stage 10, which threw a spanner in the works as he got lost and conceded much of his lead.

But Casale was not fazed as he beat Simon Vitse, his last realistic rival at that point, by five minutes on the penultimate day and entered the final stage with a 21m16s advantage.

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He did not press the issue and was 4m17s slower than pace-setter Lindner, but his title, which he won by 24m09s, was never in danger.

Vitse was able to complete the Dakar Rally for the first time on his third attempt and took the runner-up spot as the only rider within an hour of Casale.

Rafal Sonik was third, the Pole making it to the top three for the first time since his 2015 title while the top five was completed by Manuel Andujar and Kamil Wisniewski.

Yamaha remained the benchmark quad in the category as it locked out the top five in the category, having won the first 11 stages.

Lindner however triumphed on his Can-Am quad on the last day, becoming the first non-Yamaha stage winner since 2017.

Final Standings (Quads, Top 10):

Pos.

Rider

Quad

Time/Gap

1

Chile
Chile

 Ignacio Casale

Yamaha

50h07m07s

2

France
France

 Simon Vitse

Yamaha

18m24s

3

Poland
Poland

 Rafal Sonik

Yamaha

1h04m15s

4

Argentina
Argentina

 Manuel Andujar

Yamaha

3h30m16s

5

Poland
Poland

 Kamil Wisniewski

Yamaha

4h38m53s

6

France
France

 Sebastien Souday

Yamaha

5h45m14s

7

Chile
Chile

 Italo Pedemonte

Yamaha

6h34m28s

8

Paraguay
Paraguay

 Nelson Augusto Sanabria

Yamaha

8h56m03s

9

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

 Zdenek Tuma

Yamaha

15h58m30s

10

Argentina
Argentina

 Martin Sarquiz

Can-Am

17h14m39s

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