The Dakar Rally, en route through Bolivia, is taking a bad beating from the weather. The country, which has been suffering an extreme drought for several months, has seen the arrival of the race coincide with arrival of the rain. The heavy downpours, while good for local irrigation, are causing more than a few headaches for the national road system.

Yesterday afternoon with the Oruro bivouac a mud-filled washout, ASO, the governing body of the Rally Dakar 2017, emitted the following communication:
“Considering the extreme climatic conditions and that some drivers are still on the stage course, considering that is impossible to bring the vehicles of all participants back to the bivouac and prepare the next stage in the best conditions and considering that people of the organisation in charge of the reco of tomorrow’s stage course informed that the road is unpracticable, the 6th stage (ORURO-LA PAZ) has been cancelled.”

Stage 6 from Oruro to La Paz with 527 kilometres of timed special stage, was set to be the longest of the twelve Dakar stages to be raced against the clock. Now, the stage scheduled from Uyuni and Salta, with 492 kilometres of special, will be the most lengthy in the Dakar 2017.

Today the riders, assistance and crew of the Monster Energy Honda Team will make the liaison by road to the La Paz bivouac. Tomorrow the team will get to savour a well-earned day off in the Bolivian capital and set about preparations for the following day.

As a logical consequence the race order remains the same as yesterday’s bar any minor modifications.

2017 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK17 , 6   Dakar

Provisional Standings after Stage 6

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 15:22'05
2 Quintanilla Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12'00
3 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +16'07
4 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +20'57
5 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +29:01
6 de Soultrait Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +36'06
7 Svitko Stefan 2 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +48'43
8 Renet Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +54'45
9 Duplessis Martín 34 ARG Asistencia Med KTM +1:04'55
10 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:08'21
11 Rodrigues Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +1:10'20
12 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:12'39
13 Rodrigues Helder 5 POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1:23'38
14 Caimi Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:27'10
15 Klymciw Ondrej 45 CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +1:36'22
21 Metge Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:49'25
22 Brabec Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:49'27

Dakar 2017 Stage 5 Monster Energy Honda Team

The trans-Andean country would appear to be jinxed for the Monster Energy Honda Team, who continued to have bad luck on a gloomy stage between Tupiza and Oruro. In spite of the setbacks, Paulo Gonçalves posted runner-up spot on the fifth day of racing.

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