Spain's Sainz wins Dakar Rally sixth stage

Dakar Rally- 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally- 40th Dakar Edition

Dakar Rally- 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally- 40th Dakar Edition

The biggest happening in Stage 5 was the exit of Sherco TVS rider Aravind KP.

Though he has not yet made a major impact on the race, unable to pick up a stage win during the first week of the gruelling battle, Giniel de Villiers is hanging on after six stages of the Dakar Rally. He finished in 11th position, his best stage yet and the second occasion that he has finished a stage in top 15. Aravind was in promising 44th position after the fourth stage of the world's toughest rally raid.

The only Indian left in the competition, Hero Motorsports' CS Santosh, finished 38th in stage 6 to hold on to his 51st position in the overall classification. Despite the misfortune, the other two riders kept their focus, riding well in a generally unconventional stage, relying on their navigation expertise to guide them through. Quintanilla was able to fix the issue and cross the line with the 16th fastest time, 28 minutes and 52 seconds behind Barreda, dropping him down to ninth place overall, 16 minutes and 12 seconds out of the lead.

Stage 3 took the riders from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona in what was a very hard ride full of dust and sand and navigation issues. This stage consists of another 498 km of racing between Uyuni and Tupiza, where the race crews will be reunited with the rest of the team. Aravind KP put in another good performance and improved his position by 10, ending the stage in 30th place, impressing everyone with his handling of the bike. A stage with the longest stretch of sand dunes lasting for up to 100 kms was negotiated well by team TVS, with the riders working hard to get past the dunes and the rocks. David Casteu, the team manager, said, "The whole team is thinking about him and wishes him a speedy recovery". From tackling sand dunes till Wednesday to braving mountains, rain and sharp winds on Thursday, the competitors faced it all on their way from Arequipa to the Bolivian capital, La Paz.

"The day was tough", Brabec said. The weather also saw the Peruvian leg of the stage cancelled as the riders went all out on the first fast route of the Rally.

A challenging stage for the cars today included a 15,500ft-high passage to overcome.

In the 5th stage, the organisers separated the route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks.

In the motorbike race, Honda rider Kevin Benavides of Argentina has the overall lead after finishing second, 30 seconds behind stage victor Frenchman Antoine Meo, riding a KTM.

Meo won the stage by thirty seconds from Benavides, but with overnight leader Adrien van Beveren finishing down in eighth, three minutes and twenty-seven seconds off the pace, it meant the Frenchman dropped behind Benavides in the overall standings by one minute and fifty-seven seconds heading into Friday's rest day. It was Barreda's second stage win at Dakar 2018.