Stage victory for Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo in the Dakar Rally
The break in Riyadh seems to have benefited Team Honda riders as evidenced by the results of the seventh stage with riders bound for the Saudi capital and the new bivouac of Al Dawadimi. Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo won the stage with Barreda the third fastest. To kick off the second and decisive week of racing, the first kilometers of the seventh stage after a connecting section were contested on fast tracks, some strewn with stones, followed by a hundred kilometers of dunes. . There was a lot of sand and navigation in reserve on the 402 timed kilometers which crossed valleys with parallel tracks which proved the loss of more than one runner.
The young Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo took advantage of a good starting position this morning to set a dazzling pace throughout the stage. With terrain in top condition, the Iquique runner recorded the fastest times at almost every crossing point en route, reaching the finish line with the top scorer after taking three and a half hours to complete the race. special. Nacho is now ninth overall, 26’37 “behind the leader. Joan Barreda once again delivered an epic performance and was able to finish the stage among the first despite a shoulder injury, a difficult feat that counts Given the demanding terrain. Bang Bang joined Al Dawadimi to the applause of the entire Monster Energy Honda team, gritting his teeth throughout the stage, with surprising speed, to finally finish third. The Spaniard now occupies the top spot. seventh place in the Dakar, 8’30 “behind the leader.
A positive step not only for Cornejo and Barreda, but also for Ricky Brabec and Pablo Quintanilla. In addition to gaining precious minutes in the general classification, their starting positions for tomorrow’s stage will allow for a more playful approach as they try to reclaim even more time in the classification. The day Ricky finished seventh and Pablo eleventh, the duo now occupying thirteenth and sixth respectively. (ANI)
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