Benavides awarded win after stopping for Goncalves

Jamie Klein

Honda man Benavides had been leading Sunday's Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir stage before Goncalves' crash at the 276km mark.

Goncalves, 40, was airlifted to hospital and subsequently pronounced dead.

Several riders stopped to aid Goncalves, including Benavides, Toby Price and Stefan Svitko, all of whom have been awarded time by rally organisers.

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Benavides had originally been classified 6m35s behind Honda teammate Joan Barreda, but following the adjustments he has been given a time 1m23s faster than the Spaniard.

It means the Argentine rider earns his first win of the Dakar ahead of Barreda, with lead KTM rider Matthias Walkner slipping to third.

Overall rally leader Ricky Brabec is now classified fifth behind Benavides' brother Luciano.

Price, who had lost more than one hour and 20 minutes as he assisted the medical team at the site of Goncalves' crash, was awarded a time just 7m57s slower than that of Benavides, putting him seventh on the day and fourth place overall.

The KTM rider had provisionally dropped to 11th overall, having begun the day third, but nevertheless concedes a place in the general classification to Honda's Jose Ignacio Cornejo.

Revised standings after Stage 7 (Bikes, top 10):

Pos.

Rider

Bike

Time/Gap

1

United States
United States

 Ricky Brabec

Honda

28h25m01s

2

Chile
Chile

 Pablo Quintanilla

Husqvarna

24m48s

3

Chile
Chile

 Jose Ignacio Cornejo

Honda

27m01s

4

Australia
Australia

 Toby Price

KTM

28m44s

5

Spain
Spain

 Joan Barreda

Honda

29m29s

6

Austria
Austria

 Matthias Walkner

KTM

33m04s

7

Argentina
Argentina

 Luciano Benavides

KTM

38m58s

8

United States
United States

 Skyler Howes

Husqvarna

1h15m02s

9

Argentina
Argentina

 Franco Caimi

Yamaha

1h15m31s

10

Slovakia
Slovakia

 Stefan Svitko

KTM

1h19m41s

 

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