After 5050 kilometers of the take a look at, Cornejo is the brand new chief in bikes by the minimal distinction over Toby Worth. In ATVs, Andujar went to the entrance
Argentina has a large street community to attach each nook of the huge nation. The longest is the legendary Route 40, one thing just like the spine of the nationwide map, from Cabo Vírgenes, within the province of Santa Cruz, to the border with Bolivia in La Quiaca, Jujuy. The street joins each ends separated by 5,194 kilometers.
We could say a race from one level to a different. At first look, it appears boring, since it’s assumed that in such an extension, the benefits between the opponents might multiply.
Nonetheless, the Dakar surprises. Not solely due to the calls for, the landscapes and the intense journey. Additionally for sports activities. With the seventh stage, from Ha’il to Sakaka, the competitors began the second half. 5,050 kilometers of the race have already been accomplished. And in bikes, the premier class of the Dakar, Chilean Ignacio “Nacho” Cornejo (Honda) is the brand new chief of the overall classification, surpassing Toby Worth (KTM) by solely… a second!
Minimal distinction after a lot acceleration on dunes, dust, rocks and dry rivers. Superb. The Chilean Honda rider, teammate of Kevin Benavídes, is without doubt one of the South American hopes to take the long-awaited victory in bikes, extra now on high of the classification.
Cornejo belongs to a conventional motorcycling household within the North of Chile. His father, Pepe Cornejo, trains pilots within the Atacama Desert. Nacho is aware of like nobody the secrets and techniques of that sea of sand from Iquique to Copiapó.
Together with Don Pepe, who’s right here in Saudi Arabia as Nacho’s trustworthy firm, additionally José Antonio, his brother, is devoted to the preparation of the trans-Andean consultant. And in that rigorous coaching the brothers Kevin and Luciano Benavídes went by. That’s the place that friendship arose that’s shared right this moment inside the privateness of the Honda Monster Racing Group.
“It was a very good stage. I had just a few points that I used to be in a position to repair rapidly. Fortunately the bike is excellent for the subsequent stage. I’ve to be sensible and at a very good tempo to focus on crusing ”, mentioned Cornejo upon arriving on the explicit Sakaka camp, within the excessive north of Arabia for the Dakar 2021.
It’s a part of the Marathon stage. What does it imply? The opponents should not have the help of their groups there. Any inconvenience should be solved solely by the crew. That’s the reason they’re remoted in that place, near the border with Iraq. That’s the reason it’s so necessary to remain as complete as potential, for tomorrow’s stage, heading to Neom, already on the Crimson Sea, close to Jordan.
“He needed to have a not very aggressive dealing with. It was straightforward to chop the tire. In case you have a lower you need to decelerate. With every thing complete, you possibly can assault a bit of extra. The technique is to focus day-to-day. I’m not occupied with the highest of the classification ”, added the Chilean.
It wasn’t the perfect day for Kevin Benavides. He bought misplaced in a fancy space, the place he deviated 4 kilometers and needed to retrace his steps: “At kilometer 470 I made a navigation error. I wasted about 10 minutes in is aside. I pushed as onerous as I might on the tip, however gave up plenty of time. The bike is okay, which is essential on today. There may be nonetheless a protracted technique to go, so I have to erase this downside and assault from right here to the tip, “mentioned the Salta, who occupies fifth place within the common classification, 7m29s behind his good friend Cornejo.
Australian Toby Worth suffered a damaged rear wheel, an inconvenience which will restrict him in stage No. 8. Luciano Benavídes stays in tenth general along with his Husqvarna, whereas Franco Caimia is seventeenth.
In automobiles, Stephane Peterhansel (Mini) elevated his lead within the common classification to 7m53s over Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah. Additional, virtually an hour away, Carlos Sainz (Mini) marches.
The eighth stage, already the descent to the west coast of Arabia, will happen over 705 kilometers, between Sakaka and Neom. Already within the closing stretch for every class, the Dakar begins to outline itself in tight variations that make it a extra compelling race.
The quadricycles class remains to be within the palms of the Argentines, though with a elementary stage blow. The nice candidate, Nicolás Cavigliasso from Córdoba, winner of Dakar 2019 in Peru, broke the clutch and deserted, after being stranded and never being rescued in tow by any competitor.
On this method, the brand new chief of the class is the pilot from Lobos, from the province of Buenos Aires, Manuel Andujar, who’s 20 minutes forward of Frenchman Alexander Giraud and 25 minutes forward of Chilean Giovanni Enrico.
“I’ve been ready for this second for 4 years. I at all times dreamed of main the Dakar. And right here I’m. Now it’s a must to focus and look ahead with nice care, ”Andujar mentioned.