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:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:02’05
2 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1’44
3 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4’43
4 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6’51
5 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +7’10
6 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8’21
7 SMITH Todd AUS Duust Rally Team KTM +9’39
8 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9’59
9 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +10’28
10 NOSIGLIA Walter BOL MEC Team Nosiglia Honda +10’39
11 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10’52
12 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +12’22
13 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12’35
14 METGE Adrien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +13’05
15 TOMICZEK Adam POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +13’07

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 17:28’53
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +17’45
3 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +22’16
4 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +28’36
5 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +34’17
6 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +38’33
7 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +1:02’37
8 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:05’22
9 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:14’47
10 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Asistencia Med KTM +1:15’36
11 RODRIGUES Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +1:23’18
12 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:38’43
13 RODRIGUES Helder POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1:43’09
14 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1:44’44
15 SMITH Todd AUS Duust Rally Team KTM +1:46’55

Honda:

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KTM:

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 :)