Dakar Quads, Stage 7: Bonetto scores first win for Honda, Patronellis maintain 1-2

Lucas Bonetto secured the first Dakar 2016 stage win for a Honda quad in a shortened Saturday run, as the Patronelli brothers preserved their advantage out front.

Bonetto, who sits three and a half hours behind rally leader Alejandro Patronelli after a troubled first week of the rally, was just sixth-quickest at the first waypoint - but managed to storm to the top of the timesheets by the end of the first stint.

The second stint, which was set to kick off after the riders had traversed the neutralised non-timed zone in the middle of the route, did not take place at all - with storms in the area raising river levels and forcing the organisers to cut the stage short.

As such, Bonetto's compatriot Pablo Copetti picked up second place, while Walter Nosiglia made it two Hondas in the top three.

The Patronelli brothers, who headed the stage at WP1, ended up completing the top five - with Alejandro extending his lead over Marcos to three minutes and a half.

Their nearest general standings rival Sergey Karyakin took seventh, with Jeremias Gonzalez slotting in in sixth.

Standings after Stage 7:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 253

Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

27h02m31s
2 252

Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

3m36s
3 264

Sergei Karyakin

Yamaha

7m51s
4 254

Jeremias Gonzalez

Yamaha

26m03s
5 265

 Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

27m00s
6 256

 Walter Nosiglia

Honda

30m59s
7 272

 Pablo Copetti

Yamaha

50m55s
8 269

Kees Koolen

Honda

1h05m39s
9 257

 Nelson Sanabria

Yamaha

1h13m20s
10 274  Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

1h22m09s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 7: Uyuni - Salta
Drivers Lucas Bonetto
Article type Stage report
Tags quad