Dakar 2022, stage 7: Hero MotoSports wins another top 10

Posted on Jan 10, 2022 11:39:00 AM

Harith Noah recorded his best result to date in Dakar 2022, while Jose Ignacio Cornejo and Sébastien Loeb won the stage.

The 2022 Dakar Rally has resumed after a well-deserved rest day. But, as the rain washed away the tracks, Stage 7 put all of the competitors’ sailing skills to the ultimate test.

The Indian contingent continues to march, with the two Hero MotoSports riders retaining a solid grip on the overall top 20. Harith Noah also had a good day, scoring his best result so far in this edition.

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Rodrigues sixth for Hero MotoSports

Joaquim Rodrigues, who won stage 3 last week, managed the tricky navigation to finish the stage in sixth place. The day off also gave him crucial time to recover from previous accidents where he had injured his back.

However, the Portuguese rider admits that there is “still a long way to go” with five stages remaining. He spent most of the rally making up for lost time in the opening scene and his latest result pushes him to 16e globally.

Aaron Mare was caught by a pack of runners and spent most of the stage trying to stay ahead of them. He crossed the line in 22sd place, inserting it in 17e in the general classification.

Harith Noah finishes 23e

TVS-backed runner Harith Noah lost time as he missed a waypoint and had to come back to catch up. Nevertheless, he put on a good show to finish the stage in 23e place. This moves him up to 27e place overall.

Speaking after the stage, the Indian rider said he “felt much better on the bike and the shoulder was holding on too”, referring to the injury he sustained after a heavy fall earlier in the rally.

Cornejo and Loeb win the 7th stage

Honda rider Jose Ignacio Cornejo won Stage 7 as several of the top riders struggled. Daniel Sanders of GasGas crashed during the liaison section, leaving his teammate and longtime frontman Sam Sunderland with the difficult task of opening the scene. As a result, Sunderland lost a lot of time and fell to fourth place overall, just over five minutes behind new leader Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha).

At the wheel of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, Sébastien Loeb won a great stage victory to regain second place in the general classification. Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to lead with a strong margin of over 44 minutes.

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