2019 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results, Motorcycles: Quintanilla Back on Top (Video)

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results, Motorcycles: Quintanilla Back on Top (Video)
Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results, Motorcycles

Following Saturday’s only rest day, the second half of the 2019 Dakar Rally – the shortest on record at only 10 stages – begin Sunday with stage six.

The stage took riders a total of 521 miles from Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona with 197 of those timed.

After a stage-long battle with his teammate Kevin Benavides, Rockstar Energy Husqvarana FR 450 Rally pilot Pablo Quintanilla claimed his first stage victory of the 41st Dakar Rally.

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results, Motorcycles: Quintanilla Back on Top (Video)
Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla

Quintanilla finished 1:52 minutes ahead of Benavides, with Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Matthais Walkner – the 2018 Dakar Rally winner – finishing 4:21 minutes back.

With his victory, Quintanilla has retaken the overall lead with four stages remaining.

“Everything went according to plan today and I’m happy with the stage win,” Pablo Quintanilla says. “The day wasn’t easy, the pace was quite fast, and navigation was difficult. We also had to race through strong headwinds. We had a good battle with Kevin Benavides and at one point I managed to pass him and retain the lead.

“It’s good to be back on top in the overall. The race is still long and I want to stick to my plan. Tomorrow I will be the first rider to start the stage and this is surely a disadvantage. But my plan is to fight back for a good result on day eighth and then take advantage of the mass start on day nine. Lots of things can happen these next few days but I will do my best to keep my eyes focused on my goals.”

America’s Ricky Brabec finished stage six in sixth, the Monster Energy Honda Team CRF450 Rally pilot posting on Instagram that someone had the guts to “mess with my suspension clicks over night in the marathon, thanks for the compression mate…”

Regardless, Brabec is still second overall, 4:38 minutes behind Quintanilla as he looks to become the first American to ever win a Dakar Rally.

As for former Supercross rider Andrew Short, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna pilot is 10th overall.

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results, Motorcycle

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1QUINTANILLA Pablo6CHIRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing03:50’47
2BENAVIDES Kevin47ARGMonster Energy Honda Team+01’52
3WALKNER Matthias1AUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+04’21
4PRICE Toby3AUSRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+04’48
5VAN BEVEREN Adrien4FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+05’48
6BRABEC Ricky15USAMonster Energy Honda Team+07’30
7SVITKO Stefan11SLOSlovnaft Team+08’20
8SHORT Andrew29USARockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+13’54
9BENAVIDES Luciano77ARGRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+15’13
10CORNEJO José Ignacio10CHIMonster Energy Honda Team+21’47

 

2019 Dakar Rally Results, Overall after Stage 6

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1QUINTANILLA Pablo6CHIRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing20:45’13
2BRABEC Ricky15USAMonster Energy Honda Team+04’38
3PRICE Toby3AUSRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+05’17
4BENAVIDES Kevin47ARGMonster Energy Honda Team+08’01
5VAN BEVEREN Adrien4FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+09’32
6WALKNER Matthias1AUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+10’46
7SUNDERLAND Sam14GBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+21’06
8SVITKO Stefan11SLOSlovnaft Team+31’56
9DE SOULTRAIT Xavier18FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+38’04
10SHORT Andrew29USARockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+08’56