2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 7: Victory for USA’s Ricky Brabec

01/10/2017 @ 2:03 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

After seeing Saturday’s stage cancelled, and with Sunday set on the schedule as a rest day, the 2017 Dakar Rally returned to racing-proper on Monday, with Stage 7.

Today’s special was originally conceived to be 322km long, but again the weather played a factor, and the timed section was cut down to just 160km. Sand dunes were the order of the day, which posed a challenge to some of the riders, both in navigation and time management.

For Honda, the day was very good, with American Ricky Brabec taking the day, followed closely his teammate Paulo Gonçalves. Sam Sunderland finished the day third, allowing him to maintain his overall lead in the standings. With three Hondas in the Top 5 though, the day truly goes to HRC.

Brabec’s win also continues the trend of a different rider winning each stage thus far of the 2017 Dakar Rally, an unusual circumstance in a race that usually sees a rider or two consistently rising above the rest of the field.

On that note, Xavier de Soultrait continues to impress on his Yamaha, fifth for the day, sixth overall, and still in the hunt for the overall win. Yamaha also can rely on Adrien van Beveren, who sits third overall, just behind Husqvarna’s Pablo Qunitanilla.

With three manufacturers in the Top 3, there will be a great deal of intrigue for the Dakar trophy, as we head into Argentina.

Monday night starts the marathon stage, meaning that only competitors can work on their machines in order to prep for Tuesday’s Stage 8. Without the help of their mechanics, we can expect some shake-up in Tuesday’s results from bike failures.

Top 15 from Stage 7 – La Paz to Uyuni:

1BRABEC RickyUSAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda2:02’05
2GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1’44
3SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+4’43
4BARREDA JoanSPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+6’51
5DE SOULTRAIT XavierFRAViltais Racing Team HFPYamaha+7’10
6METGE MichaelFRAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+8’21
7SMITH ToddAUSDuust Rally TeamKTM+9’39
8WALKNER MatthiasAUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+9’59
9QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+10’28
10NOSIGLIA WalterBOLMEC Team NosigliaHonda+10’39
11VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+10’52
12FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+12’22
13RENET Pierre-AlexandreFRAHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+12’35
14METGE AdrienFRASherco TVS Rally FactorySherco+13’05
15TOMICZEK AdamPOLKTM Orlen Rally TeamKTM+13’07

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally

1SUNDERLAND SamGBRRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM17:28’53
2QUINTANILLA PabloCHIHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+17’45
3VAN BEVEREN AdrienFRAYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+22’16
4FARRES GerardSPAHimoinsa TeamKTM+28’36
5WALKNER MatthiasAUTRed Bull KTM Rally Factory TeamKTM+34’17
6DE SOULTRAIT XavierFRAViltais Racing Team HFPYamaha+38’33
7RENET Pierre-AlexandreFRAHusqvarna Factory Rally TeamHusqvarna+1:02’37
8GONCALVES PauloPORMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:05’22
9BARREDA JoanSPAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:14’47
10DUPLESSIS MartínARGAsistencia MedKTM+1:15’36
11RODRIGUES JoaquimPORHero Motorsports Team RallyHero+1:23’18
12CAIMI FrancoARGHonda South America Rally TeamHonda+1:38’43
13RODRIGUES HelderPORYamalube Yamaha Official Rally TeamYamaha+1:43’09
14BRABEC RickyUSAMonster Energy Honda TeamHonda+1:44’44
15SMITH ToddAUSDuust Rally TeamKTM+1:46’55




Yamaha Racing:

Source: Dakar; Photos: HRC, Husqvarna, KTM, & Yamaha Racing

  • paulus

    ‘Hero’ sneaking in for a current 11th place overall…. interesting.
    Good to see Ms Sanz still in the contest, but unfortunately out of the ranking so far this year.

  • appliance5000

    Watch the majesty of wild Lamas running free.

  • paulus

    the ’emus’ of the mammal world :)