Brabec and Cornejo claim another Monster Energy Honda Team one-two at stage seven.

Brabec and Cornejo claim another Monster Energy Honda Team one-two at stage seven.

10.01.2021: The Chilean rider, new leader of the rally 2021 Dakar Rally 2021 Dakar Round DAK21 Monster Energy Honda Teamís Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes continue to steal the limelight at the 2021 Dakar. As the race resumed after the rest day, Rick


The Chilean rider, new leader of the rally



2021 Dakar Rally
2021 Dakar   Round DAK21




Monster Energy Honda Team’s Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes continue to steal the limelight at the 2021 Dakar. As the race resumed after the rest day, Ricky Brabec commanded the opening leg of the marathon stage, with Nacho Cornejo finishing behind him. The Chilean rider currently holds the rally leadership by a tight margin.


The second week of racing got underway with the first part of the Marathon stage, connecting the Ha’il bivouac to the Sakaka bivouac, which will be off-limits to mechanics and outside assistance. The day’s stage featured 471 kilometres against the clock out of a total of 737 kilometres. Upon arrival at Sakaka, riders were able to check the condition of their bikes and all reported arriving without issues. Today’s stage included mountains, sandy tracks, rocky areas and high-speed winding tracks.



It proved a favourable day for Ricky Brabec, who came out determined to play his strongest hand in a bid to keep any end-of-rally options open. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider reached the finish-line, registering the best time of the day, to claim a second stage win so far in this Dakar. The current champion lies eighth in the overall standings, 14 minutes behind the race leader.



José Ignacio Cornejo also had a noteworthy day. The Chilean – a fine navigator – finished with the second quickest time of the day and, after almost 29 hours of rallying, becomes the new Dakar overall leader with a single second advantage over the nearest second-placed rival. The rider from Iquique arrived problem-free at the parc fermé aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY with the bike’s tyres still in good condition and will now prepare to tackle the second leg of the marathon stage.



Joan Barreda was the first rider to set off from the Ha’il bivouac this morning. The Spaniard set a solid pace which, by the end of the special stage, had served as a damage limitation exercise. The rider from Castellón conceded just nine minutes to his team-mate and eventual stage winner Brabec. Joan currently holds sixth place overall, ten minutes off the leader.



In fifth place overall, just ahead of Barreda, was Kevin Benavides, some 7’29” behind Cornejo, after finishing somewhat late on the day. However, the Argentine from the Monster Energy Honda Team will attempt to make up time and positions in the second part of the marathon stage that takes place tomorrow. In store will be a total of 375 kilometres of timed special, on a total stage of 709 kilometres, before arriving at the Neom bivouac.   
    
       



Ricky Brabec  1
STAGE: 1ST   OVERALL: 8TH


Today I had a good day. I didn’t expect to win the stage but I’ll take it. I started catching Joan by refueling and he was like a 1 minute ahead. When I caught up, we opened the track together to the finish. I open the track tomorrow with my teammate Nacho who finished second today.          

    
       
José Ignacio Cornejo  4
STAGE: 2ND   OVERALL: 1ST


I’ve finished the marathon stage well. In the first part I had some problems in the sandy area that was more difficult as it was wet. From then on, I managed to find my rhythm. Before getting to the refuelling I had a problem with the tank, I lost some minutes, but I was able to sort it out. After, I went all out to try to make up for the minutes I’d dropped.



I did not make any navigation errors and was able to recover. I’ve taken over the leadership in the general standings, so I am very happy. At the moment the strategy is going well, but there are many days left and the fight is very close. So we will continue to take it day by day, as we have been doing up until now.         



    
       
Kevin Benavides  47
STAGE: 16TH  OVERALL: 5TH



The stage today was really difficult for me. I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike today, maybe a little tired. I think rest day knocked me out of sync! But I kept a good pace until I had a navigation error at the end of the stage. I lost time but tomorrow I start back again so I will try to push to the front!         

    
       



Joan Barreda  88
STAGE: 14TH  OVERALL: 6TH


One of my tyres is a little bit damaged, but I don't think it's going to be a big problem. I have been checking it all day and so far it seems to have been holding up pretty well. I hope that tomorrow will be okay for the second part of the marathon stage.         

    
       
    
    Results Stage 7




1    BRABEC Ricky     1    USA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    04:37'44
2    CORNEJO José Ignacio     4    CHI    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:02'07
3    HOWES Skyler     9    USA    BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM    KTM    +00:02'19
4    SUNDERLAND Sam     5    GBR    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:02'52
5    SANDERS Daniel     21    AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:03'14
6    DE SOULTRAIT Xavier     12    FRA    HT Husqvarna Rally Team    Husqvarna    +00:03'57
7    PRICE Toby     3    AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:05'05
8    BENAVIDES Luciano     77    ARG    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    +00:05'49
9    RODRIGUES Joaquim     27    POR    Hero Motorsports Team Rally    Hero    +00:05'55
10    CAIMI Franco     6    ARG    Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team    Yamaha    +00:06'46
14    BARREDA Joan     88    SPA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:08'57
16    BENAVIDES Kevin     47    ARG    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:10'17
    
    
       
    
    Provisional Standings after Stage 7



1    CORNEJO José Ignacio     4    CHI    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    28:51'31
2    PRICE Toby     3    AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:00:01
3    SUNDERLAND Sam     5    GBR    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:02'11
4    DE SOULTRAIT Xavier     12    FRA    HT Husqvarna Rally Team    Husqvarna    +00:02'34
5    BENAVIDES Kevin     47    ARG    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:07'29
6    BARREDA Joan     88    SPA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:10'18
7    HOWES Skyler     9    USA    BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM    KTM    +00:12'27
8    BRABEC Ricky     1    USA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +00:14'52
9    SANDERS Daniel     21    AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +00:16'11
10    BENAVIDES Luciano     77    ARG    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    +00:17'07
    
    
       

    

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