Zouerat:Hummer driver Robby Gordon of the United States won the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday. Gordon completed the 394-km stage in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 57 seconds, going from Tan-Tan, Morocco to Zouerat, Mauritania. Former Dakar winner and Schles-Ford-Raid driver Jean-Louis Schlesser trailed Gordon by 17 seconds. South Africa's Giniel de Villiers came in third for Volkswagen, 6 minutes and 52 seconds behind Gordon. Spanish driver and former world rally champion Carlos Sainz was fourth and kept the overall lead. Sainz, 7:17 behind Gordon, maintained his overall lead with nine stages left. Volkswagen continued to hold the top three spots with de Villiers second and Portugal's Carlos Sousa third. Gordon is 18th overall. Meanwhile, the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano criticized the Dakar Rally as "a bloody race of irresponsibility" after a motorcyclist died in a crash. Elmer Symons died on Tuesday, the latest in a string of casualties that have plagued the race. The newspaper, which has criticized the race for years, said in its Thursday edition that Symons was the race's 54th victim. On Friday, the rally travels 542 km through the desert to Atar, Mauritania.