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

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 SUNDERLAND Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 03:51’41
2 CORNEJO José Ignacio 10 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +01’51
3 BRABEC Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +06’30
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +09’40
5 BENAVIDES Luciano 77 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +11’19
6 SHORT Andrew 29 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +11’29
7 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier 18 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +13’12
8 PRICE Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +14’19
9 SVITKO Stefan 11 SLO Slovnaft Team +16’21
10 WALKNER Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +16’38

 

2019 Dakar Rally Overall Standings (After 7 Stages)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 BRABEC Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team 24:48’02
2 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +07’47
3 PRICE Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +08’28
4 SUNDERLAND Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +09’58
5 QUINTANILLA Pablo 6 CHI Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +09’59
6 BENAVIDES Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +16’15
7 WALKNER Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +16’16
8 SVITKO Stefan 11 SLO Slovnaft Team +37’09
9 SHORT Andrew 29 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +39’17
10 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier 18 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +40’08