With a short liaison of only 64 kilometres, stage seven of the 2019 Dakar Rally was all about the 323-kilometre timed special. The day’s racing was delayed and also halted momentarily midway through, due to fog causing safety issues for the competitors. The first looped stage of the event, riders covered terrain already used in the rally close to the town of San Juan de Marcona. Traces from previous stages only made navigation tougher and with fatigue starting to play its part, it was an exhausting day for all.
Sam Sunderland won the day from Jose Ignacio Cornejo and Dakar leader Ricky Brabec.
Still suffering with his injury, Toby Price battles on. Eighth place on the day’s stage, and making up time on a number of his closest rivals, the Australian successfully defended his third place in the provisional overall standings. Determined to make the finish, Price will keep on fighting for a top result.
Toby Price: “The day has gone well, it ended up with a lot of us riding in a group today. We did get lost at one point and lose a few minutes but all-in-all things are going ok. Obviously, my wrist is still giving me some pain, but we’re past the point of no return now – there’s no stopping. I’m still sitting in third overall with just a few stages left so I’ll continue taking each day as it comes and keep on fighting.”
Provisional Results Stage Seven – 2019 Dakar Rally
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:51:41
2. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 3:53:32 +1:51
3. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 3:58:11 +6:30
4. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 4:01:21 +9:40
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 4:03:00 +11:19
8. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, 4:04:27 +12:46
Provisional Standings after Stage Seven – 2019 Dakar Rally
1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 24:48:02
2. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 24:55:49 +7:47
3. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, 24:56:30 +8:28
4. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 24:58:00 +9:58
5. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, 24:58:01 +9:59