2019 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results, Motorcycles: Brabec Leads Again (Video)

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results, Motorcycles: Brabec Leads Again (Video)
Honda's Ricky Brabec

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results

TUESDAY UPDATE from stage 8 – according to Brabec’s social media feeds, the American’s engine failed, causing a DNF.

For the second time so far in 2019 Dakar Rally – the shortest on record with only 10 stages – America’s Ricky Brabec has claimed the overall lead.

The Monster Energy Honda Team CRF450 Rally pilot finished third during Monday’s stage seven. But his strong finishes placed him first overall as he hopes to become the first American winner at Dakar.

Claiming the stage-seven win was Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Sam Sunderland. The 2017 Dakar Rally winner was followed 1:51 minutes back by Monster Energy Honda Team’s Jose Cornejo.

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results, Motorcycles: Brabec Leads Again (Video)
Honda’s Ricky Brabec

Brabec finished 6:30 minutes behind Sunderland after the stage that took 240 miles with 200 of those timed. The stage was a loop around San Juan de Marcona that presented many navigational issues for riders.

Ahead of Tuesday’s “Super-Ica” – the longest and most grueling stage of 2019 Dakar Rally that features a 225-mile timed special – Brabec is 7:47 minutes ahead of Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren in the overall standings.

KTM’s Toby Price – the 2016 Dakar Rally winner – is third, 8:28 behind.

“I feel good. I need the day to go well,” Ricky Brabec says. “I knew I had messed up a bit yesterday. Tomorrow is going to be hard to maintain the gap. The day was more my style like where I live.

“It was fun and comfortable. We were all riding together and enjoying it. Tomorrow I didn’t want to have to open. So it’s good that people finished in front of me. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.”

As for America’s Andrew Short, the former Supercross rider turned Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Rally rider is ninth overall, just over 39 minutes behind Brabec.

Tuesday’s stage eight is longest special, taking riders a total of 358 miles to Pisco with 225 of those timed.

2019 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results, Motorcycles

1SUNDERLAND Sam14GBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team03:51’41
2CORNEJO José Ignacio10CHIMonster Energy Honda Team+01’51
3BRABEC Ricky15USAMonster Energy Honda Team+06’30
4VAN BEVEREN Adrien4FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+09’40
5BENAVIDES Luciano77ARGRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+11’19
6SHORT Andrew29USARockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+11’29
7DE SOULTRAIT Xavier18FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+13’12
8PRICE Toby3AUSRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+14’19
9SVITKO Stefan11SLOSlovnaft Team+16’21
10WALKNER Matthias1AUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+16’38


2019 Dakar Rally Overall Standings (After 7 Stages)

1BRABEC Ricky15USAMonster Energy Honda Team24:48’02
2VAN BEVEREN Adrien4FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+07’47
3PRICE Toby3AUSRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+08’28
4SUNDERLAND Sam14GBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+09’58
5QUINTANILLA Pablo6CHIRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+09’59
6BENAVIDES Kevin47ARGMonster Energy Honda Team+16’15
7WALKNER Matthias1AUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory Team+16’16
8SVITKO Stefan11SLOSlovnaft Team+37’09
9SHORT Andrew29USARockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+39’17
10DE SOULTRAIT Xavier18FRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+40’08