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A crash put an end to Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo’s solid Dakar Rally run in the motorbike category, now led by Argentine Kevin Benavides, while Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel hung onto the cars’ category overall lead.

Heading into the tenth stage, Cornejo was over 11 minutes clear of his closest competitor, taking advantage of his then main rival Australia’s Toby Price’s crash, but yet another misfortune shifted the balance of power against him.

The crash, which occurred with nearly 100 km to go on the special course, didn't appear serious as he managed to complete the stage stretching between Saudi Arabia’s Neom  and al-Ula. EFE-EPA

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