After a rollercoaster of a ride, Ricky Brabec won the stage today finishing first during the marathon. This places him 8th overall, and Brabec seems happy with the result: “Long day in the saddle after an early cold start. Definitely didn’t feel like we were finishing up front, but it’s good to get this feeling… I’m not sure about getting back a whole lot of time. Toby’s still behind me. We’re going to try and stay focused and make it through tomorrow to get back to a mechanic. I don’t know if this Dakar is about strategy. I think the strategy is to not open. I think everyone that’s opening is just losing a little bit of time. There are five days left and we’re going to try just to finish in the top 7 every day and see if we can make up a little bit of time”, Brabec said.

The brutal 453 km special from Ha’il to Sakaka was a battle between Brabec, Kevin Benavides, and Jose Inacio Cornejo. Cornejo came in second with Skyler Howes right on his heels; Howes is now 7th overall, while Cornejo is in the lead with Toby Price second and Sam Sunderland third overall.

Tomorrow, the second marathon stage –  Sakaka – Neom, a 334 km liaison and a 375 special, is promised to be sandy and fast with some rocky tracks thrown in towards the end. Will this be an advantage for the defending champion?

Today’s stage rankings:

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 1 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 04H 37′ 44”
2 4 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 04H 39′ 51” + 00H 02′ 07”
3 9 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 04H 40′ 03” + 00H 02′ 19”
4 5 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 40′ 36” + 00H 02′ 52”
5 21 KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 40′ 58” + 00H 03′ 14”
6 12 HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 04H 41′ 41” + 00H 03′ 57”
7 3
(AUS) TOBY PRICE
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 42′ 49” + 00H 05′ 05”
8 77 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 43′ 33” + 00H 05′ 49”
9 27 HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 04H 43′ 39” + 00H 05′ 55”
10 6 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 44′ 30” + 00H 06′ 46”
11 42 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 45′ 43” + 00H 07′ 59”
12 31 ORION – MOTO RACING GROUP 04H 46′ 19” + 00H 08′ 35”
13 15 SHERCO FACTORY 04H 46′ 28” + 00H 08′ 44”
14 88 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 04H 46′ 41” + 00H 08′ 57”
15 2 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 47′ 36” + 00H 09′ 52”
16 47 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021 04H 48′ 01” + 00H 10′ 17”
17 52 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 48′ 50” + 00H 11′ 06”
18 11 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 52′ 10” + 00H 14′ 26”
19 74 FN SPEED – KTM TEAM 04H 56′ 07” + 00H 18′ 23”
20 32 FN SPEED – KTM TEAM 04H 58′ 22” + 00H 20′ 38”

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