Hero MotoSports rider CS Santosh was back in action mode traversing through the high altitude region as he completed the stage in 38th position and 56th overall.
In the end, Ten Brinke/Périn finished the stage in 7th place, 09:31 behind Sainz.
Starting ninth, Barreda navigated the Tanaka section flawlessly and blazed to victory with a stage time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 42 seconds, a full 10 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of stage runner-up Matthias Walkner on the Red Bull KTM.
After suffering a awful Stage 3 in which he fell 22 minutes and 45 seconds off the pace and then failed to put much of a dent in that time deficit during Stage 4, the Spanish rider showed just how fast he can go on a rally bike in Stage 5 yesterday, where he dominated the 266-kilometer timed special to make up a whopping 14 minutes on the leaders as he grabbed his 21st career Dakar Rally stage win.More news: Three takeaways from Saints' win over Panthers
Benavides finished second on the day to take an overall lead of one minute and 57 seconds. It took everything that I had and the machine had to make it through today.
"We certainly felt the power deficit", said De Villiers after spending more than 12 hours behind the wheel of his Toyota Hilux (stage and liaison combined). Aravind was also unable to complete the Dakar Rally in 2017 when he debuted with the Sherco TVS team after suffering two crashes.
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.
"The idea was to go out and attack, and it went pretty well, but I had a slight mishap with the fuel and I lost some time fixing it", Benavides said.More news: Kenya: US Scraps Travel Advisory Against Kenya
The organisers also separated the route for the quads and bikes in the 5th stage. "We did stay in the top 20 but fell back a little in general". Argentina's Kevin Benevides was in second place, a minute behind the leader.
On the completion of stage 5, this is what Santosh had to say: "It was a really hard day". I feel good and for me, the race starts now. Despite the fall in stage 4, today's performance helped him gain 5 positions overnight, taking him to the overall ranking of 51st at the end of stage 5.
The 5th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally kicked off from San Juan De Marcona to Arequipa, the rally's last stop in Peru before moving into the Bolivian landscapes. Leaving the dunes behind, they moved on to unpredictable weather and mountainous terrain as the day saw rain, snow and ice in conditions that were very tough for the riders.
Friday is a rest stage in La Paz. The bikers will have to change software and get ready for long stretches of good navigation before they hit the sand dunes at a high altitude.More news: New home launches plunge 78% in 2017
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