biker Mason Klein finishes first in stage two

biker Mason Klein finishes first in stage two

American biker Mason Klein crossed the finish line first on Monday and won the second stage of the Dakar 2023 despite a penalty, after 430 kilometers of a long special between the shores of the Red Sea and the outskirts of Al-Ula .

Behind the KTM rider, Sébastien Bühler (GER / Hero) took second place in the day’s race, with a gap of 1 minute and 9 seconds, followed by Skyler Howes (USA / Husqvarna) 1 minute and 13 seconds behind. Klein, according to provisional results which may still evolve depending in particular on possible penalties.

The Australian Daniel Sanders (GasGas), who led the debates for a time, finally stalled and finished ninth at 3 minutes 24 seconds from the first while the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), winner of the first stage, arrived 15th of the day’s stage with a delay of 8 minutes and 19 seconds.

Klein therefore takes first place in the general classification, with a lead of 1 minute 41 seconds ahead of Toby Price (AUS / KTM) and 2 minutes 3 seconds over the Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda) who received a penalty of one minute. The second stage, 589 km including 430 km of special, is the first of a series of three consecutive with more than 400 km of special. On Tuesday, the competitors will head northeast towards Ha’il.