2018 Dakar Rally Results, Stage 8 Motorcycles (Video Recap)
Saturday’s stage 7 in 2018 Dakar Rally began a two-day marathon stage, which means riders couldn’t receive any assistance from team members and had to ride Sunday’s stage 8 with the same tires.
Monster Energy Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort claimed stage 7, but it was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antoine Meo who claimed the win Sunday. The timed special consisted of 309 miles in wet and slipper conditions, and Meo was able to navigate with precision.
The Frenchman finished the time special in 5H 24:01, 1:08 minutes ahead of Monster Energy Honda CRF 450 Rally pilot Ricky Brabec. Taking the final podium position in Stage 8 of Dakar Rally was Meo’s temamate Toby Price; he finished 2:45 minutes behind.
“I am really happy with my performance today,” Antoine Meo says. “Right from the beginning my plan was to push and try to regain some time on the leaders. I felt really good today, despite the conditions and the length of the special, I didn’t make any mistakes. With tomorrow’s stage cancelled it puts me in the unfortunate position of having to open Tuesday’s stage in the dunes of Argentina. It is always a slight disadvantage to open stages like that, but I’ll do my best and see where I can finish.”
Meo is now sixth overall after eight of stages, 9:56 minutes behind the leader – Yamalube Racing Yamaha’s Adrien van Beveren, who leads Monster Energy Honda’s Kevin Benavides by 22 seconds. In third overall is another Red Bull KTM 450 Rally pilot, Matthias Walkner, who is 6:34 minutes back.
“It is great that we keep the lead at the end of this extremely difficult marathon stage, Adrien van Beveren says. “The rain, the mud and the high altitude made things really hard for us these last two days. It was really exhausting physically but I managed to get two good stage results.
“Yesterday I was second and then today I pushed hard and managed to stay close to the leading group. For big parts of the special stages yesterday and today I found myself opening the tracks. I am feeling great so far on my bike and I also have a great feeling with my navigation. I can be fast while also avoiding navigational mistakes and that is crucial for the coming stages as well. I feel that I’ve put the pieces of the puzzle together and now I know what I need to do during the coming stages.”
As for the Americans, Brabec is eighth overall, 31:58 minutes behind van Beveren. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Andrew Short is 23rd overall, 2H 23:31 minutes behind.
Monday’s stage 9 was canceled, official Dakar reports saying: “The organizers of the Dakar had no choice but to cancel stage 9, which was supposed to take place between Tupiza and Salta on Monday. Weather conditions in the area in the last few days are preventing assistance crews from refurbishing race vehicles for tomorrow’s stage after the demanding marathon stage. The field of the Dakar will therefore head to the Salta bivouac by road. The rally will resume with stage 10 from Salta to Belén.”
2018 Dakar Rally Overall Results, Motorcycles (after 9 of 14 stages):
ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN
|YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM||27h 22′ 03”|
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||27h 22′ 25”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||27h 28′ 37”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||27h 29′ 38”|
JOAN BARREDA BORT
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||27h 30′ 04”|
|RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM||27h 31′ 59”|
|SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM||27h 53′ 58”|
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||27h 54′ 01”|
GERARD FARRES GUELL
|HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.||28h 00′ 02”|
|GAS GAS MOTORSPORT||28h 32′ 05”|
DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER
|HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING||28h 40′ 42”|
|ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING||28h 47′ 26”|
JONATHAN BARRAGAN NEVADO
|GAS GAS MOTORSPORT||28h 52′ 58”|
|KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM||28h 53′ 28”|
JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO
|MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM||28h 55′ 13”|
|KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM||28h 59′ 16”|
DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS
|HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.||28h 59′ 42”|
|HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY||29h 05′ 00”|
DIEGO MARTIN DUPLESSIS
|MEC TEAM||29h 14′ 46”|
JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA
|SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY||29h 17′ 31”|
|DAMING RACING TEAM||29h 21′ 17”|
|YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM||29h 41′ 34”|
|ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING||29h 45′ 34”|
|BOTTURI ALESSANDRO||29h 49′ 13”|
MARC SOLA TERRADELLAS
|HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.||30h 51′ 05”|