Unexpected rain showers and floods are causing some damage in the program of this year’s Dakar Rally. After the change of the structure of stage 6, many riders reached the new bivouac in Riyadh already during the night. For this reason and also due to the bad weather conditions, ASO organization decided to cancel today’s stage 7.

In order to continue the race on Sunday, stage 8 will have the same route planned for stage 7 Al Duwadimi-Riyadh, reduced to a length of 345 kilometers (shortened by 128 kilometers). So today riders had to face a 476 km liaison in the direction of Al Duwadimi. There they will have their bikes in a park fermé regime and will sleep in tents supplied by the organization – like is common in the marathon stages. In the first part, the field will weave its way around valleys in the hearth of the mountains before tackling a wide open desert. The final part will take place on fast tracks.

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2023 Dakar – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 6]

1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 26:31:52
2. Toby Price (KTM) 26:35:23
3. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 26:38:53
4. Joan Barreda (Honda) 26:42:49
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 26:44:12
6. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 26:44:14
7. Mason Klein (KTM) 26:44:38
9. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 26:55:59
25. JACOB ARGUBRIGHT (Hus) 29H 52′ 31
46. PABLO COPETTI 34H 22′ 37”
61. PETR VLCEK 36H 24′ 12
92. JAMES PEARSON (ARO) 49H 33′ 32”
95 . MORRISON HART (ARO) 50H 30′ 45”
101. DAVID PEARSON (ARO) 79H 33′ 08
103. LAWRENCE ACE NILSON (Hus) 84H 03′ 53”
109. KYLE MC COY (ARO) 121H 15′ 00”

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