American Ricky Brabec has achieved victory in the seventh special of the Dakar, in which it is the first part of the marathon stage. The Honda rider was the fastest in the 453 kilometers against today’s clock after completing the route in a time of 4 hours, 37 minutes and 34 seconds. The Chilean Nacho Cornejo has been placed leader among the ‘motards’ after closing Honda’s double today at 2 minutes and 7 seconds. Skyler Howes finished on the podium of the day.
The Spanish Joan Barreda was the pilot in charge of opening the track after his victory in the sixth stage. This situation has led to the rapid a leading group formed by Barreda himself, Ricky Brabec and Daniel Sanders. A small group that should have had a fourth member, but that has been reduced to a trio by the dramatic fall of Ross Branch. Although the Botswana rider was not injured in his accident, the Yamaha rider damaged his motorcycle and has lost 42 minutes and 20 seconds at the end of the stage.
Meanwhile, from behind, pilots like Nacho Cornejo or Skyler Howes have taken advantage of their starting position more delayed to climb positions and make up time. While none have been able to beat Ricky Brabec, the Chilean Cornejo has managed to storm the leadership of the category for a single second, since Toby Price could only be seventh, 5 minutes and 5 seconds behind the winner. In fact, the KTM rider was beaten at the end of the day by Sam Sunderland, the aforementioned Daniel Sanders and Xavier De Soultrait. For its part, the ‘top 10’ of the day have been completed by Luciano Benavides, Joaquim Rodrigues and Franco Caimi.
Lorenzo Santolino was the best Spanish ‘motard’ after finishing 13th, 8 minutes and 44 seconds behind the leader, just one place ahead of a Joan Barreda who finally lost 8 minutes and 57 seconds, contained damage considering that he opened the track. Jaume Betriu and Tosha Schairena have continued their upward line after both sneaking into the ‘top 20’, a result that this time was a distant goal for Joan Pedrero.