Monster Energy Honda Team’s Dakar Rally battle will go down to the wire. After the penultimate stage, Pablo Quintanilla holds second overall place with a chance of victory. There are still over 150 kilometres left to go, with the Dakar often producing final stage surprises.

Today’s special stage, as expected, was an intriguing one. The strategy of the previous day, which saw some riders managing to lose time, yet drop many positions, in order to benefit in today’s starting order, dictated for the most part, what happened on the route today. Some 346 kilometres of sand and dunes, on a total stage of just over 500 kilometres, helped define how the podium is likely to look at the end. The Bisha loop caused a few losses, but many riders were able to make up for time they had lost yesterday.

Ricky Brabec was the best-placed Monster Energy Honda Team rider on the day. The American finished in fifth place, moving up into six place overall, a position which he hopes to consolidate tomorrow. Brabec finished just one place ahead of team-mate Pablo Quintanilla. Pablo, sixth, performed well today – well enough to be in contention tomorrow and could improve on his current second place in this 2022 Dakar. The Chilean biker is less than seven minutes behind the overall race leader. If the full length of the final special stage goes ahead as planned tomorrow, the rider could well spring a surprise and stand a chance of scooping the world’s toughest rally.

Chilean José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo also had a good day in spite of a minor mistake in the opening kilometres of the special. Today’s seventh place also puts him into the same position in the general rankings. Lastly, Joan Barreda was lumbered with opening the track today as the riders ahead forced him to carry the stage’s main burden. The conditions were not ideal for Joan who struggled to make progress in the soft dunes of Bisha. With a fall included, the Spaniard finished sixteenth in RallyGP and is fifth in the general standings, nearly half an hour behind the race leader.

Tomorrow’s stage

Bisha-Jeddah. The final stage of the Dakar Rally 2022 will be decided over a total of 676 kilometres, including just 163 against the clock. Leaving the dunes behind, the race will be fought over hard tracks with some sand. A lot of technical complexity is expected before the riders reach the shores of the Red Sea, with the final podium set to take place on the Jeddah street circuit.

Ricky Brabec 2

STAGE: 5th OVERALL: 6th

This year's Dakar has been difficult for me personally, to get back into the fight after a bad start. The team didn't let us down, so we can't let them down.... We have tried very hard to do our best and give it our all. On this stage 11 we tried very hard to do a good job; I would have liked to make up a lot more time than I did. I'm happy with the way I'm riding and I'm happy with the team, I've learned a lot. Our team-mate Pablo can do it tomorrow. Unfortunately, I heard that the stage will be shortened, which in my opinion is unfair.

Pablo Quintanilla 7

STAGE: 6th OVERALL: 2nd

It was a difficult stage. One of the hardest we've done on this Dakar, with a lot of wind, with sectors of very soft dunes. It was very difficult to make progress. I tried to push as hard as I could from the first kilometre; it wasn't easy. I really let rip but without losing my concentration. In the end, it was a good day, I gave 100% and I think that's what's important, that I gave my best every day. There is still one day left and the race is not over until you cross the finish-line. Tomorrow we will attack again from the first kilometre.

José Ignacio Cornejo 11

STAGE: 7th OVERALL: 7th

It was a good stage; not the best, but not the worst either. I made a small mistake at the start, where I lost a few minutes. Mathias passed me and we ended up riding together until the end. I think it was a solid stage. We also moved up in the overall standings, which makes me happy because we have managed to overcome a bad first stage. We are not where we wanted to be. Tomorrow the rally will be over, so we will draw our conclusions afterwards.

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Results Stage 11 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Benavides Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:30'56
2 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:00'04
3 Rodrigues Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +00:02'26
4 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:04'54
5 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:05'22
6 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:07'40
7 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:08'05
8 Short Andrew 29 USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:15'46
9 Svitko Stefan 142 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +00:17'51
10 Giemza Maciej 22 POL Orlen Team KTM +00:20'55
11 Nosiglia Daniel 54 BOL Rieju - FN Speed Team Rieju +00:21'22
12 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:21'33
13 de Soultrait Xavier 12 FRA HT Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing Husqvarna +00:21'45
14 Santolino Lorenzo 15 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +00:23'33
15 Noah Harith 20 IND Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +00:23'38
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Provisional Standings after Stage 11 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 37:04'05
2 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:06'52
3 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:07'15
4 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:15'30
6 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:37'24
7 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:41'02
8 Short Andrew 29 USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:43'40
9 Price Toby 18 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:52'27
10 Svitko Stefan 142 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +00:53'38

Highlights Stage 11 Rally Dakar 2022

Location Information

Dakar in Saudi From 2020

Records

Dakar 2020 winner Ricky Brabec (Honda)
Dakar 2021 winner Kevin Benavides (Honda)