2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 6: Cancelled

01/08/2017 @ 1:23 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Weather has been pounding drought-stricken Bolivia recently, adding a further difficulty to the 2017 Dakar Rally. After seeing Stage 5 shortened because of the weather, Stage 6 was cancelled outright.

The ASO issued the following statement about the cancellation: “Considering the extreme climatic conditions and that some drivers are still on the stage course, considering that is impossible to bring the vehicles of all participants back to the bivouac and prepare the next stage in the best conditions, and considering that people of the organisation in charge of the reco of tomorrow’s stage course informed that the road is unpracticable, the 6th stage (ORURO-LA PAZ) has been cancelled.”

Stage 6 was supposed to be the longest day for Dakar competitors, with a planned 527km timed special section. That’s obviously no longer the case, with teams instead traveling by road via the liaison route – effectively giving Dakar racers the weekend off, with Sunday already scheduled to be a break from competition.

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 15:22’05
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12’00
3 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +16’07
4 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +20’57
5 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +29:01
6 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +36’06
7 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +48’43
8 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +54’45
9 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Asistencia Med KTM +1:04’55
10 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:08’21
11 RODRIGUES Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +1:10’20
12 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:12’39
13 RODRIGUES Helder POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1:23’38
14 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:27’10
15 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +1:36’22

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

  • paulus

    With the already depleted field… probably a sound move.