The Dakar Rally’s race organizers last night took the decision to annul the twelfth stage for motorcycles, citing safety reasons. Today, riders headed directly to the bivouac at the El Zonda speed circuit in San Juan.

Yesterday night, in the Fiambalá camp, race authorities made it know that the first part of today’s special had been cancelled for safety reasons. The helicopters guaranteeing the rally’s security were unable to take off due to heavy early morning fog. Moreover river-crossings were deemed to be dangerous after rains had flooded rivers which could have posed enormous difficulties for the bike riders to cross. As a consequence, competitors were to dispute only the second section after the link to Chilecito and then Section B. After granting a generous link time from Fiambalá to Chilecito – coinciding with the cars – it was then decided to postpone the start of the bike race until an hour after the departure of the trucks. This news roused passions among some riders and the organization finally opted for a total cancellation of the stage for both bikes and quads. The modified plan would have seen bikers trying to outrun trucks in clouds of dust on heavily broken track. The riders ended up taking the same route as the assistance vehicles to the El Zonda circuit bivouac located in San Juan.

The general standings thus remain the same as yesterday’s with second-placed Kevin Benavides lying 32 minutes behind the overall leader. Ricky Brabec holds sixth and José Ignacio Cornejo, ninth.

The importance of a good penultimate stage from San Juan – Córdoba is imperative, with a total of 424 kilometres of special, plus 483 kilometres of liaison sections. At 907 kilometres, this thirteenth stage is the longest of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

Today's stage was cancelled and, quite honestly, I don’t know why. We have ridden 700 kilometres by road and it was really boring and tiring. Now, after this stage that we weren’t able to run, we have only two days left and I hope that I get a good ride out of these final kilometres and will be able to make something out of it all.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Obviously I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to race. The organisation wanted the motorcycles to come out behind the trucks and cars and we said that we thought it would be very dangerous. We asked if they would let us start earlier, but they found the easiest solution: cancel the stage. I did not think it was the right decision, but of course, it is what it is. We will try to push hard in the two remaining days before the finish.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

Today was a day with a simple transfer, from Chilecito to San Juan, after they had cancelled the stage for security reasons, as was discussed in the briefing with the riders in Fiambalá. I think that the organisation and participants decided that it was not safe to start out behind the cars and trucks since the terrain was in very bad conditions and it is dangerous to try to overtake these vehicles. For our part, we will continue in the fight to try and finish as high as possible in this Dakar 2018. We are looking for the best possible final result for each of our three riders that we still have. They will give it everything right up until the end.

Monster Energy Honda Team
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Rally 2018

Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, 23:45 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:01'33
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'38
3 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'31
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'34
5 Matthias Walkner AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'01
6 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 10 Himoinsa Team KTM +12'32
7 Johnny Aubert FRA 9 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +19'38
8 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 8 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +22'46
9 Oriol Mena SPA 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +27'00
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +27'08
11 Armand Monleon SPA 5 Daming Racing Team KTM +33'38
12 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 4 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +33'56
13 Andrew Short USA 3 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +36'22
14 Mark Samuels USA 2 OX Motorsports Honda +36'27
15 Daniel Oliveras SPA 1 Himoinsa Team KTM +40'44
Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, 03:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:52'26
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +11'35
3 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 16 Himoinsa Team KTM +16'21
4 Oriol Mena SPA 13 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +20'45
5 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'14
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +24'13
7 Mark Samuels USA 9 OX Motorsports Honda +24'50
8 Daniel Oliveras SPA 8 Himoinsa Team KTM +25'25
9 Armand Monleon SPA 7 Daming Racing Team KTM +34'18
10 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +36'24
11 Laia Sanz SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +36'35
12 Johnny Aubert FRA 4 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +37'29
13 Rodney Faggotter AUS 3 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +38'07
14 Joan Barreda SPA 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +38'15
15 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 1 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +40'22
17 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +47'35
24 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +56'13
Monday 15 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 5:24'01
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'08
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'45
4 Kevin Benavides ARG 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'52
5 Stefan Svitko SLK 11 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'46
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'00
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'44
8 Joan Barreda SPA 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +12'00
9 Laia Sanz SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +14'15
10 Armand Monleon SPA 6 Daming Racing Team KTM +15'15
11 Johnny Aubert FRA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +16'15
12 Oriol Mena SPA 4 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +16'57
13 Luciano Benavides ARG 3 KTM Rally Team KTM +18'44
14 Martín Duplessis ARG 2 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +19'11
15 Shane Esposito USA 1 KTM Rally Team KTM +20'21
22 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +25'46
Sunday 14 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 05:11'10
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +02'51
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +08'02
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'43
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +08'53
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +09'16
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +09'30
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'03
9 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'46
10 Ricky Brabec USA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'48
11 Jonathan Barragán SPA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +14'15
12 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 4 Himoinsa Team KTM +20'07
13 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 3 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +20'39
14 Daniel Oliveras SPA 2 Himoinsa Team KTM +22'04
15 Johnny Aubert FRA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +22'40
24 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +46'51
Thursday 11 Jan 2018, 23:55 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1:54'10
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'30
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'30
4 Martín Duplessis ARG 13 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +1'13
5 Daniel Oliveras SPA 11 Himoinsa Team KTM +1'55
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +2'00
7 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 9 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +2'13
8 Adrien van Beveren FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +3'27
9 Joan Barreda SPA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'30
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'37
11 Matthias Walkner AUT 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'06
12 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 4 Himoinsa Team KTM +4'14
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +4'19
14 Armand Monleon SPA 2 Daming Racing Team KTM +4'34
15 Jonathan Barragán SPA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +4'48
19 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'16
24 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'12
Thursday 11 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 3:19'42
2 Matthias Walkner AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'26
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +12'20
4 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'00
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'35
6 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'43
7 Toby Price AUT 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'00
8 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 8 Himoinsa Team KTM +16'54
9 Ricky Brabec USA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +19'16
10 Johnny Aubert FRA 6 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +21'17
11 Oriol Mena SPA 5 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +22'35
12 Michael Metge FRA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +22'38
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +25'07
14 Laia Sanz SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +27'29
15 Jonathan Barragán SPA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +27'44
19 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +29'52
Tuesday 9 Jan 2018, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Adrien van Beveren FRA 25 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 4:08'23
2 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'01
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'10
4 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 13 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7'32
5 Stefan Svitko SLK 11 Slovnaft Team KTM +7'45
6 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 10 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +8'39
7 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'45
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'14
9 Joan Barreda SPA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'00
10 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 6 Himoinsa Team KTM +10'11
11 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 5 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'23
12 Johnny Aubert FRA 4 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +10'24
13 Michael Metge FRA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11'17
14 Jonathan Barragán SPA 2 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +11'23
15 Toby Price AUT 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'23
24 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'44
Monday 8 Jan 2018, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:20'43
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'03
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'28
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'55
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'20
6 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 10 Himoinsa Team KTM +5'08
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'03
8 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'23
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'06
10 Walter Nosiglia BOL 6 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +8'27
11 Michael Metge FRA 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'03
12 Matthias Walkner AUT 4 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'04
13 Oriol Mena SPA 3 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +9'25
14 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 2 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'56
15 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 1 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +11'52
30 Joan Barreda SPA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +27'49
Sunday 7 Jan 2018, 22:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:56'44
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'54
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'24
4 Michael Metge FRA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'39
5 Kevin Benavides ARG 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'43
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'45
7 Sam Sunderland GBR 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'01
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'12
9 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'36
10 Toby Price AUT 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'40
11 Jonathan Barragán SPA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +6'43
12 Ricky Brabec USA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'19
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'32
14 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'43
15 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 1 Himoinsa Team KTM +10'53
Sunday 7 Jan 2018, 14:34 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 20'56
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++0'33
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna ++0'56
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++0'57
5 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++01'07
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++01'23
7 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++01'31
8 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 8 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna ++01'33
9 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++01'49
10 Kevin Benavides ARG 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++01'53
11 Ricky Brabec USA 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++02'47
12 Laia Sanz SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM ++03'16
13 Santosh Chunchungguppe 49 IND 3 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero ++03'16
14 Toby Price AUT 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++03'21
15 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 1 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'21
19 Michael Metge FRA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'51