Today marks the end of the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2022, which began yesterday with the prologue. Pablo Quintanilla repeated yesterday’s position and remains in contention for the race lead.
Yesterday’s prologue stage was a mere curtain-raiser for the riders, but today the Dakar challenge turned serious. Navigation was the main protagonist of the day at several key points along the sandy tracks of the 333-kilometre special stage, in particular, some 50 kilometres from the end of the special where several riders lost their way. However, with the Dakar barely underway, anything can still potentially happen. The Monster Energy Honda Team riders are fairly confident that there will be other instances, similar to today’s, in store over the coming stages.
Pablo Quintanilla produced a fine performance today, arriving at the Ha’il bivouac satisfied with both his riding prowess and navigation. The rider set a fine pace to hold on to his position in the general standings securing another runner-up spot on the stage.
The day proved to be a complicated one for Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio Cornejo. The three experienced complications at one of the stage’s trickiest points and ended up conceding several minutes, dropping them down the RallyGP order.
The second stage of the Dakar, set to take place tomorrow, will be dominated by dunes. There will be several stretches of dunes occupying about a quarter of the 338-kilometre special stage. With a total of 568 kilometres, this was intended to be the only marathon stage of the 2022 Dakar, finishing in Al Artawiyah, but due to a heavy downpour yesterday which flooded the originally planned site, the bivouac has been moved to Al Qaisumah. As a result, there is no scheduled marathon stage and RallyGP riders will be able to receive external mechanical assistance like on any other race day.
|1||4||Daniel Sanders||GAS GAS Factory Team||03:43'10||-||-|
|2||7||Pablo Quintanilla||Monster Energy Honda Team||03:45'47||+00:02'07||-|
|3||52||Matthias Walkner||Red Bull KTM Factory Team||03:51'41||+00:08'31||-|
|4||43||Mason Klein||Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team||03:51'54||+00:08'44||-|
|5||15||Lorenzo Santolino||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||03:53'14||+00:10'04||-|
|6||42||Adrien Van Beveren||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||03:53'16||+00:10'06||-|
|23||88||Joan Barreda||Monster Energy Honda Team||04:22'04||+00:38'54||-|
|29||11||José Ignacio Cornejo||Monster Energy Honda Team||04:27'49||+00:44'39||-|
|39||2||Ricky Brabec||Monster Energy Honda Team||04:39'31||+00:56'21||-|
|1||4||Daniel Sanders||GAS GAS Factory Team||04:38'40||-||-|
|2||7||Pablo Quintanilla||Monster Energy Honda Team||04:41'47||+00:03'07||-|
|3||52||Matthias Walkner||Red Bull KTM Factory Team||04:49'46||+00:11'06||-|
|4||42||Adrien Van Beveren||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||04:51'26||+00:12'46||-|
|5||43||Mason Klein||Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team||04:53'14||+00:14'34||-|
|6||3||Sam Sunderland||GAS GAS Factory Racing||04:54'36||+00:15'56||-|
|17||88||Joan Barreda||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:20'34||+00:41'54||-|
|26||11||José Ignacio Cornejo||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:32'04||+00:53'24||-|
|35||2||Ricky Brabec||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:38'56||+01:00'16||-|