Organisers have shortened Stage 11 by about 50km due to recent bad weather in the area.
There’s a very short 2km liaison to the start of the special today. The special is 464km long with a fairly even mix of sand and dirt tracks, and just a small amount – about 5% – of rocky sections.
That will please Andrew Houlihan who is battling on with a broken scaphoid in his right wrist.
There are some big dune sections today in what organisers describe as “an ocean of sand stretching for almost 100km”.
The Coca-Cola Nomadas team get a bit of a later start today.
Andrew Houlihan (#62 – KTM 450RFR) leaves the bivouac at 8:13 am for an 8:43 am start on the special. Pablo Guillen (#35 – KTM 450RFR) will be just 3 minutes behind him.
There are 69 bikes left in the official standings now.
At the front of the field are the 3 Monster Energy Hondas of Ricky Brabec, Joan Barreda and Kevin Benavides.
It’s up to Skyler Howes, Matthias Walkner – who has recovered from losing over 2 hours with a clutch and gearbox issue on Stage 2 – and Australian Daniel Sanders now to take up the challenge of winning the title back for KTM.
You can follow the live timing here.