Stage Cancelled And A Change Of Plans For Tomorrow

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Saudi Arabia, January 08, 2023: Unexpected rain showers and floods are causing some damage in the program of this year’s Dakar Rally. After the change of the structure of stage 6, many riders reached the new bivouac in Riyadh already during the night. For this reason and also due to the bad weather conditions, ASO organization decided to cancel today’s stage 7.

In order to continue the race on Sunday, stage 8 will have the same route planned for stage 7  Al Duwadimi-Riyadh, reduced to a length of 345 kilometers (shortened by 128 kilometers). So today riders had to face a 476 km liaison in the direction of Al Duwadimi. There they will have their bikes in a park fermé regime and will sleep in tents supplied by the organization – like is common in the marathon stages. In the first part, the field will weave its way around valleys in the hearth of the mountains before tackling a wide open desert. The final part will take place on fast tracks.

After six stages, Monster Energy Honda Team riders are all placed in the top 10 on the overall standings – with Adrien Van Beveren (FR) in fifth place, Pablo Quintanilla (CL) in sixth position and José Ignacio Cornejo (CL) in 10th.


Ruben Faria – General Manager

“The first week of this Dakar Rally was particularly hard due to several factors. Yesterday at the end of the afternoon there were not many riders back in the bivouac, so the organization decided to cancel the next stage. Today our riders will have a different day from what they expected, with the liaison Al Duwadimi where they will start tomorrow stage 8. The bivouac there was affected by floods, so they will have to sleep in a service area and get ready for a surprise marathon stage. Many changes, but this is Dakar!”


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Overall standings after Stage 6

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 HOWES Skyler 5 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 26h31m52s
2 PRICE Toby 18 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 26h35m23s
3 BENAVIDES Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 26h38m53s
4 BARREDA Joan 5 SPA Monster Energy Joan Barreda Team Honda 26h42m49s
5 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 26h44m12s
6 QUINTANILLA Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 26h44m14s
8 SANDERS Daniel 4 AUS Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 26h51m46s
9 BENAVIDES Luciano 77 ARG Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 26h55m59s
10 CORNEJO José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 26h56m15s
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