José Ignacio Cornejo was the man of the day during the second part of the marathon stage at the Empty Quarter. This was the second stage victory for Monster Energy Honda Team during this Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. On the arrival at Shaybah bivouac, the Chilean was 49 seconds faster than Daniel Sanders and had 1:48 minutes to Toby Price.
Stage number 12 was 185 km long and a quite fast route, in a mix between dunes and quick sand tracks. Pablo Quintanilla arrived in seventh position with a gap of 03:06 minutes, while Adrien Van Beveren was ninth with a gap of 03:16 minutes to Nacho. Quintanilla kept his fourth position in the overall standings (14:45 minutes to the leader), Van Beveren maintained his fifth position (16:14 minutes to the leader) and Nacho was still eighth (23:14 minutes to the leader).
Now it’s time to work hard on the Honda’s CRF 450 Rally, since they were lacking assistance for the past two days due to the rules of the marathon stage.
With only two more days to go, tomorrow it’s time for the 13th stage. There will be a very long liaison of 520 kilometers in the connection between Shaybah and Al-Hofuf. The special section will be 153 km long and this departure from the Empty Quarter will certainly be decisive. It will be the last chance to surf on its chain of dunes and also to fight for the top standings. It will be a short but quite intense ride where physical and mechanical endurance can play an important role.
Provisional Standings Stage 12 Empty Quarter-Shaybah
|1||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01h57m27s|
|2||Sanders Daniel||4||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||01h58m16s|
|3||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01h59m25s|
|4||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01h59m32s|
|5||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01h59m49s|
|6||Howes Skyler||10||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h00m21s|
|7||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h00m33s|
|8||Bühler Sebastian||110||GER||Bühler Racing Team||KTM||02h00m35s|
|9||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02h00m43s|
|10||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||02h00m48s|
|Dakar in Saudi||From 2020|
|Dakar 2020 winner||Ricky Brabec (Honda)|
|Dakar 2021 winner||Kevin Benavides (Honda)|