Today the penultimate stage of this year’s Dakar Rally was a goodbye to the vast landscapes of the Empty Quarter side of Saudi Arabia. Leaving Shaybah, the riders had a short liaison of nine kilometers and then started the 153 km long special section. The route of this 13th stage was composed mainly with dunes (84 percent) so this was one last chance to enjoy this unique scenario and fight to move up in the top standings.
Monster Energy Honda Team surpassed this physical and mechanical extreme endurance test and reached Al-Hofuf bivouac safely on their Honda’s CRF 450 Rally. After yesterday’s stage win, José Ignacio Cornejo was the first to leave and had the mission to open the track. The Chilean finished with the best 14th time (12th in GP), with a gap of 07:42 minutes for the leader – a performance that allowed him to keep his 8th position in the overall standings. Pablo Quintanilla was 8th (6th in GP) with a gap of 03:33 minutes to the leader – he also kept his position in the overall standings (5th place). Adrien Van Beveren was all stage fighting for the top standings and finished in fourth position, also keeping his fourth place in the overall standings.
The last stage of this year’s Dakar Rally will complete the trip around the red sea, leading the caravan to the shores of the Arabian Gulf in Dammam. There will be a liaison of 270 kilometers from Al-Hofuf and a special section 136 km long – an unusually fast beach section before reaching the final podium ceremony that celebrates all finishers of this great adventure. Tomorrow there will be a reverse start, meaning the slowest will open and the top contenders close the stage.
Provisional Standings Selective Stage 13
|1||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02h21m47s|
|2||Docherty Michael||20||UAE||SRG Motorsports||Husqvarna||02h22m14s|
|3||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||02h22m44s|
|4||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h23m52s|
|5||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02h24m15s|
|6||Dumontier Romain||78||FRA||Team Dumontier Racing||Husqvarna||02h24m19s|
|7||Howes Skyler||10||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h25m18s|
|8||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h25m20s|
|14||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h29m29s|
|Dakar in Saudi||From 2020|
|Dakar 2020 winner||Ricky Brabec (Honda)|
|Dakar 2021 winner||Kevin Benavides (Honda)|