Helder Rodrigues won stage six of this year’s Dakar Rally.
The Portuguese Honda rider held off the big guns over the 318 km timed special between Antofagasta and Iquique in Chile.
Rodrigues was tenth in the overall standings heading into the day’s ride but with victory he now climbs to 6th.
Overall he is two minutes and 20 seconds behind fifth-placed Toby Price who crossed over in second place for stage six.
The Australian is participating in his first Dakar and is, in turn 33 minutes and 44 seconds off race leader Joan Barreda of Spain who was sixth on the day.
In the car category 2011 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his overall race lead with stage six victory.
The Qatari driver and Olympic skeet shooter (he won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics in the men’s skeet) celebrated his third stage win this edition to maintain his dream start to the race.
He is now 11 minutes and 12 seconds clear of closest challenger and 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers of South Africa who was second on the day.