DAKAR STAGE 7: CHANGING FORTUNES

The start of the second week of racing in the 2022 Dakar rally saw another swing in fortunes. The Monster Energy Yamaha team, which failed to even reach the finish in last year’s rally, is now in front, while the charmed run of the GasGas factory team has suffered setbacks.   Chilean ‘Nacho’ Cornejo won today’s stage for Honda, but it was the 10th-place performance of Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren that was the most significant. That was enough to give him the provisional lead, while Sam Sunderland and his GasGas struggled in to a 28th place finish, losing 25 minutes to the leader. Even worse for the GasGas team, Danial Sanders crashed, fracturing his arm and is out of the race. Sanders and Sunderland were forced to open the course after their 1-2 performances in stage 6, and navigation was particularly difficult after heavy rain. The Americans all had good days, led by 2020 champion Ricky Brabec in seventh and Andrew Short in eighth. The fantastic run of 20-year Mason Klein continues, with a 13-place finish. He now sits in 12th overall and has a commanding lead in the Rally2 class for privateers.

Jose Ignacio Cornejo: “Today was a good day. I started from a nice position, so I hoped to take the opportunity to attack, make up some time in the general classification and maybe even the stage victory. In the end, I achieved both of them. I tried to stay calm, to keep my concentration and not get lost with the navigation and that’s the way it worked out. I’m happy for my fourth victory in the Dakar, the first of this 2022. The bitter taste of the first days is behind us and we are highly motivated for the week to come. We will fight until the end.”

Ricky Brabec, stage 7

Ricky Brabec: “It was a good day for the team. It was long and rocky, but it was good. Some mistakes by other drivers allowed Pablo and I to open the last part of the special. It was a good team effort. We made up a good amount of time and we just have to keep pushing. The results are crazy, there are five days left and hopefully we can stay this strong and make it to the finish line. I’m outside the top ten, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get on the podium in Jeddah.”

Andrew Short, stage 7

Andrew Short: “It took a while to get going today after having a day off yesterday with the rest day, but I started getting back into the swing of it as the stage went on. There was a lot of tricky navigation today, especially with some valleys and canyons thrown in there as well as a lot of sand that had been washed into them. But overall, it’s great to tick another stage off and play a part in a positive day for the team with Adrien now leading and Ross back in the race as well.”

STAGE 7

1 11
(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO
 HONDA 03H 28′ 46”
2 1
(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES
KTM + 00H 00′ 44”
3 88
(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT
 HONDA + 00H 02′ 51”
4 77
(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES
HUSQVARNA + 00H 07′ 50”
5 15
(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO
SHERCO + 00H 08′ 29”
6 27
(PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUES
HERO + 00H 08′ 57”
7 2
(USA) RICKY BRABEC
 HONDA + 00H 09′ 49”
8 29
(USA) ANDREW SHORT
YAMAHA + 00H 10′ 15”
9 18
(AUS) TOBY PRICE
KTM + 00H 10′ 37”
10 42
(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN
YAMAHA + 00H 12′ 34”
11 7
(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA
HONDA + 00H 12′ 49”
12 16
(BWA) ROSS BRANCH
 YAMAHA + 00H 13′ 04”
13 43
(USA) MASON KLEIN
BAS DAKAR KTM + 00H 16′ 05”
14 142
(SVK) STEFAN SVITKO
SLOVNAFT + 00H 16′ 06”
15 22
(POL) MACIEJ GIEMZA
ORLEN + 00H 17′ 06”

 

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 7

1 42
(FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN
 YAMAHA 23H 45′ 02”
2 52
(AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER
KTM + 00H 05′ 12”
3 1
(ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES
KTM + 00H 05′ 23”
4 3
(GBR) SAM SUNDERLAND
GASGAS + 00H 05′ 38”
5 15
(ESP) LORENZO SANTOLINO
SHERCO + 00H 06′ 34”
6 7
(CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA
HONDA + 00H 08′ 15”
7 88
(ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT
HONDA + 00H 08′ 33”
8 142
(SVK) STEFAN SVITKO
SLOVNAFT + 00H 20′ 18”
9 11
(CHL) JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO
 HONDA + 00H 26′ 37”
10 29
(USA) ANDREW SHORT
YAMAHA + 00H 28′ 10”
11 18
(AUS) TOBY PRICE
KTM + 00H 29′ 29”
12 43
(USA) MASON KLEIN
BAS DAKAR KTM + 00H 32′ 56”
13 2
(USA) RICKY BRABEC
HONDA + 00H 38′ 52”
14 12
(FRA) XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT
 HUSQVARNA + 00H 44′ 38”
15 77
(ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES
HUSQVARNA + 00H 52′ 09”

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