2021 Dakar Rally
2021 Dakar Round DAK21
Brabec and Cornejo claim another Monster Energy Ford Team one-two at stage 7. The Chilean rider, new head of the rally
Monster Energy Ford Team’s Honda CRF450 RALLY bicycles continue to steal the limelight in the 2021 Dakar. As the race started again after the rest day, Ricky Brabec commanded the opening leg from the marathon stage, with Nacho Cornejo finishing behind him. The Chilean rider currently holds the move leadership by a tight margin.
The second 7 days of racing got underway with all the first part of the Marathon stage, linking the Ha’il bivouac to the Sakaka bivouac, which will be off-limits to technicians and outside assistance. The day’s stage featured 471 kilometres contrary to the clock out of a total of 737 kilometres. Upon arrival at Sakaka, riders were able to check the condition of the bikes and all reported arriving with no issues. Today’s stage included hills, sandy tracks, rocky areas plus high-speed winding tracks.
It proved a favourable time for Ricky Brabec, who was released determined to play his strongest turn in a bid to keep any end-of-rally choices open. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider reached the finish-line, registering the best time of the day, to state a second stage win so far within this Dakar. The current champion lies 8th in the overall standings, 14 minutes at the rear of the race leader.
José Ignacio Cornejo also a new noteworthy day. The Chilean – a fine navigator – finished using the second quickest time of the day plus, after almost 29 hours associated with rallying, becomes the new Dakar general leader with a single second benefit over the nearest second-placed rival. The particular rider from Iquique arrived problem-free at the parc fermé aboard the Ford CRF450 RALLY with the bike’s tires still in good condition and will right now prepare to tackle the second lower-leg of the marathon stage.
Joan Barreda was the first driver to set off from the Ha’il bivouac this morning. The Spaniard set a great pace which, by the end of the unique stage, had served as a harm limitation exercise. The rider through Castellón conceded just nine moments to his team-mate and ultimate stage winner Brabec. Joan presently holds sixth place overall, 10 minutes off the leader.
In fifth place overall, simply ahead of Barreda, was Kevin Benavides, some 7’29” behind Cornejo, right after finishing somewhat late on the day. Nevertheless , the Argentine from the Monster Power Honda Team will attempt to make-up time and positions in the 2nd part of the marathon stage that happens tomorrow. In store will be a total associated with 375 kilometres of timed unique, on a total stage of 709 kilometres, before arriving at the Neom bivouac.