Monster Energy Honda Team returns to the top of the leader board of the world’s toughest rally. American Ricky Brabec battled back to overall leadership as the Dakar Rally arrived at its seventh stage, one day ahead of the Super-Ica which should prove to be the longest and most gruelling stage of the current edition.

The two Honda CR450 RALLYs of Nacho Cornejo and Ricky Brabec made it onto today’s virtual podium on day seven of the 2019 Dakar Rally. The Chilean narrowly missed out on the stage victory, while rampant Californian Brabec rode a storming ride back to the top. Kevin Benavides, second yesterday, went in search of a good starting position from which to attack tomorrow.

It was an arduous, tough day out in San Juan de Marcona. Competitors faced a torturous battlefield, as today’s stage played out over the terrain already used in an earlier stage. The consequent passage of cars, SSV and trucks had left huge ruts and churned up sand. The stage featured 323 kilometres of special on a looping stage with departure and arrival in San Juan de Marcona.

The best rider of the Monster Energy Honda Team bunch turned out to be Nacho Cornejo, who came within a whisker of clinching his first Dakar stage win. The Chilean set a cracking pace in the first part and had no difficulty in finding one of the more critical waypoints in the special whilst others doubted and which eventual led to the day’s second quickest time. Nacho lies twelfth in the overall standings, just over an hour behind the leader.

Third today was Ricky Brabec, although the American was more than happy to retake the overall lead. Brabec was comfortable over the terrain that included dunes and was fast enough to mark the third best time of the day some 6’30” off the stage winner. Ricky now holds a 7’47” advantage over the nearest second place rival Frenchman Van Beveren.

Kevin Benavides started the day behind Quintanilla and, after catching him up on the track, continued until he experienced some trouble finding an awkwar waypoint. The Argentine rider arrived amid the main group posting twelfth best time. The Argentine is sixth in the provisional rankings. The main concern for the Argentine rider had been the state of the terrain which had been destroyed with some stretches having been used three times. Expect more of the same tomorrow as ten cars and five trucks will have already started out by the time the bikers start the “Super-Ica”.

The longest special of this rally will have a total of 361 kilometres against the clock out of a total of 576 km before reaching Pisco.

José Ignacio Cornejo 10

STAGE: 2nd OVERALL: 12th

Today was a good day, but the stage was tough. At first we passed over tracks made on previous days, so we had to be careful in some parts, but in general it was a very fast stage. In the second part, there was more sand and dunes and I knew that there I would be able to push harder because the first riders have lost time looking for a waypoint in the middle of the dunes. I minimized errors and I was able to maintain a good pace, so I am very happy with today's stage. I almost got the victory, but I think it's better not to have to open the track tomorrow.

Ricky Brabec 15

STAGE: 3rd OVERALL: 1st

I feel good. I need the day to go well. I knew I had messed up a bit yesterday. Tomorrow is going to be hard to maintain the gap. The day was more my style like where I live. It was fun and comfortable. We were all riding together and enjoying it. Tomorrow I didn’t want to have to open. So it’s good that people finished in front of me. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

Kevin Benavides 47

STAGE: 12th OVERALL: 6th

Today was the most difficult stage of this Dakar in terms of navigation. I came out in second position and caught Quintanilla, and between the two of us we opened most of the stage. But at the end of the special, in the dunes, many pilots arrived from behind and between us and it was hard for us to find a waypoint, where we lost several minutes. In the final few kilometres there was fesh-fesh, dust and a lot of wind and it was quite dangerous. I have finished twelfth but it is fine for tomorrow to leave behind. We will see how the stage goes, with the cars and trucks ahead; If there is a lot of fesh-fesh, it will be difficult to overtake.

Private: Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

Today was a good stage for the whole team. Nacho did very well, and Ricky and Kevin have also done what they had to do. Everyone has done their job, so we have to congratulate them for their good work. Tomorrow we will have a very unpredictable stage, with cars and trucks involved. We will try to make a good race, continuing with the concentration and fighting for this Dakar 2019.

2019 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK19 , Stage 7   Dakar 2019

Results Stage 7

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:51'41
2 Cornejo José Ignacio 10 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'51
3 Brabec Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'30
4 Van Beveren Adrien 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +09'40
5 Benavides Luciano 77 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'19
6 Short Andrew 29 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11'29
7 de Soultrait Xavier 18 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'12
8 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'19
9 Svitko Stefan 11 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +16'21
10 Walkner Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +16'38
12 Benavides Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +19'22
2019 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK19 , Stage 7   Dakar 2019

Provisional Standings after Stage 7

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Brabec Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 24:48'02
2 Van Beveren Adrien 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +07'47
3 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'28
4 Sunderland Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +09'58
5 Quintanilla Pablo 6 CHI Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +09'59
6 Benavides Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +16'15
7 Walkner Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +16'16
8 Svitko Stefan 11 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +37'09
9 Short Andrew 29 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +39'17
10 de Soultrait Xavier 18 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +40'08
12 Cornejo José Ignacio 10 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01:01'37

Monster Energy Honda Team Dakar 2019 Stage 7

Monster Energy Honda Team Dakar 2019 Stage 7

Location Information

Jirón Teniente Coronel FAP Jorge Chamot Biggs 9, Cercado de Lima 15054, Perú - View in Google Maps