2021 Dakar Rally
2021 Dakar Round DAK21
Monster Energy Honda Team reach the rally halfway-point with all bikers in fine shape
The arrival of the relaxation day will come as a relief towards the Dakar Rally participants. The 6th stage, which set off from Ing Qaisumah bound for the Ha’il bivouac, confirmed Monster Energy Honda Team’s fine form. In addition to another triumph for Joan Barreda; Brabec, Cornejo and Benavides are all well-positioned since the race heads into its last week.
The compass changed direction from northeast in order to west as the rally headed on the mountainous areas of the country although not however out of the dunes. The sixth phase, which had been reduced by one hundred kilometres, once again served up lots of dunes, some hard tracks plus stony ground, but was, for the most part, performed out in the sands. Last night on the competitors’ briefing a reduction towards the 448-kilometre special stage between Ing Qaisumah and Ha’il had been introduced.
Once again, the “roller-coaster” effect that Ricky Brabec got referred to a few days ago, continued in order to cause radical shake-ups to the purchase, the yo-yoing having become a normal feature of the race. Today, Brabec himself rode a notable phase, finishing fourth on the day whilst connecting better with the conditions. The United states is confident that he will be able to execute at his best over the staying stages of the rally.
Joan Barreda, who started further back again today, proved one of the main protagonists for the most part of the checkpoints on the sixth phase. The Spaniard from the Monster Power Honda Team finished by environment the best time of the day once again, claiming a 3rd stage win in this Dakar. The particular Spanish rider, with a tally associated with 27 wins, becomes the driver with the third highest number of phase victories in the rally’s history. Barreda is seventh in the overall rankings.
It was a tough getaway for both Kevin Benavides – yesterday’s winner – and Nacho Cornejo – second. The two Ford riders supported each other in a bet to out-pace the rivals, yet couldn’t however avoid being sought after down by the chasing pack. Nonetheless, the duo produced a fine displaying: the Chilean conceded less than 7 minutes and rose the ranks to third place, while the Argentinean finished less than 10 minutes off the champion and continues to hold second put in place the Dakar 2021 overall rankings.
Tomorrow, the bikers will be able to enjoy a lay-in on the sleep day, before preparations begin for that second week of competition which will start on Sunday between Ha’il plus Sakaka with 471 kilometres associated with special stage in what will be this particular 2021 Dakar Rally’s marathon phase.