Today’s stage rankings look intriguing: Honda (Ricky Brabec) and Husqvarna (Pablo Quintanilla) are the top two, pushing KTM (Toby Price) to the third place. In the overall rankings, Ricky Brabec is still #1, leading by more than twenty minutes, Quintanilla #2, Price #3.

In the Original by Motul class general rankings, Emanuel Gyenes (KTM) still leads whereas last year’s Original by Motul winner Edwin Straver is fifth.

Among women, Laia Sanz remains the leader, followed by Dutch Mirjam Pol and South African Taye Perry.

Today’s 477 km special stage and giant dunes cost several riders their Dakar. Sebastian Buhler’s engine broke, David McBride had to give up due to suspension failure, whereas Johnny Aubert fell and injured his head and ribs mere two kilometers before the finish line.

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Argentinean Kevin Benavides next to his stalled bike. Image: ASO

Andrew Short finished a stage without the rear tire; Kevin Benavides lost over three hours due to bike failure, and a flat tire cost Ross Branch two hours and a half. As always, the Dakar luck is unpredictable, and as riders rest tomorrow, there’s no telling what Stage 7 will bring.

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 36′ 28”
2 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 38′ 02” + 00H 01′ 34”
3 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 39′ 13” + 00H 02′ 45”
4 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 41′ 23” + 00H 04′ 55”
5 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 41′ 30” + 00H 05′ 02”
6 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 41′ 44” + 00H 05′ 16”
7 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 44′ 41” + 00H 08′ 13”
8 8 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 04H 44′ 44” + 00H 08′ 16”
9 19 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 47′ 24” + 00H 10′ 56”
10 59 KLYMCIW RACING 04H 51′ 31” + 00H 15′ 03”
11 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 53′ 01” + 00H 16′ 33”
12 42 SOLARYS RACING 04H 56′ 44” + 00H 20′ 16”
13 41 SOLARYS RACING 04H 59′ 00” + 00H 22′ 32”
14 14 GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM 04H 59′ 13” + 00H 22′ 45”
15 56 YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA 05H 00′ 08” + 00H 23′ 40”
16 74 FN SPEED TEAM 05H 00′ 27” + 00H 23′ 59”
17 132 MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) 05H 00′ 35” + 00H 24′ 07”
18 25 LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG 05H 01′ 44” + 00H 25′ 16”
19 28 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 05H 02′ 34” + 00H 26′ 06”
20 53 YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING 05H 03′ 06” + 00H 26′ 38”

Images: dakar.com/ASO

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