2021 Dakar Move
2021 Dakar Round DAK21
Positive stage for Kevin Benavides on the Wadi Ad-Dawasir cycle
After a fine stage yesterday, having an one-two for Barreda and Brabec who claimed the top of the general rally standings, today was the switch of Kevin Benavides. The Argentinean Monster Energy Honda Team driver finished the Dakar 2021 3rd stage in runner-up spot, simply short of the leadership.
The Wadi Ad-Dawasir loop, over 630 total kms, including 403 km against the time clock, once again turned the Dakar rankings on their head. It has become regular to see the first riders to deal with the special drop time to their own rivals due to the complicated task associated with navigating in a very demanding Dakar. Bikers, starting further back, are able to re-trace the tracks and hunt down the particular front-runners, as they are able to focus on traveling rather than the tough navigating. The third phase today served up dunes plus desert navigation throughout, featuring a few trial like areas on particular stretches of the route.
Joan Barreda and Ricky Brabec – first and second last night – had a rough day, starting the track with arduous routing before reaching the dunes, which usually proved difficult with the strong wind gusts blowing in from Wadi Ad-Dawasir. The pair tried to manage the length from their pursuers, but it was a gruelling mission for the Monster Energy Ford Team duo who left behind eays steps tracks. In the end, the Spaniard got thirtieth place with the American publishing twenty-fifth. The result leaves the set lying in fairly reasonable general positions: Barreda is eighth plus Brabec thirteenth, 11’15” behind the best choice.
Second place in late the first looping stage went to Kevin Benavides. The rider, hailing through Salta, Argentina got off to some strong start this morning, hoping to clinch a partial victory, but ultimately having to settle for the second best time during. The result places the rider 2nd, just 33 seconds behind the particular rider who leads the provisional.
It turned out to be a great day for Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo, who showed no indications of hesitation whilst momentarily opening the particular track for several kilometres after getting up with the leading group. The Iquiqueño rider imposed a steady pace all through to claim tenth final location, both in this third stage and the general standings.
The next day, stage four, will see the Dakar return to the Saudi Arabian funds, but unlike last year, it will not be for the rest day, although competition will definitely need it after completing more than 800 kilometres of stage. The particular longest day of the event happens between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Riyadh with a 476-kilometre link section when compared with just 337km against the clock. It really is expected to be a day with much less complex navigation on fast songs where they riders will be able to actually let rip with the Honda CRF450 RALLY.