Fully adapted to the conditions in Saudi Arabia, Monster Energy Honda Team riders Ricky Brabec (USA), Adrien Van Beveren (FR), Pablo Quintanilla (CL) and José Ignacio Cornejo (CL) are looking forward to start the Honda CRF 450 Rally engines for the Dakar Rally 2023.
After the private test and all the technical and administrative checks, the focus is tomorrow’s prologue – with a 13 km track with start and finish at the Sea Camp bivouac.
It will certainly be a special way to say goodbye to 2022. The Dakar Rally 2023 is about to start tomorrow (31st December) with 820 competitors on board from 68 nationalities around the world. Among the bikes category (GP), Monster Energy Honda Team presents itself as a solid squad of four experienced riders. Ambition is a common feeling among them. Some – like American Ricky Brabec – want to recover the taste of winning the most important race of the World Rally Raid Championship (he did it in 2020). Pablo Quintanilla will for sure fight to climb another step in the top standings, after the second place last year. Adrien Van Beveren and José Ignacio Cornejo were both 4th place in past editions and now want to step up to the podium positions.
The prologue will have a length of 13 km allowing participants to race along the seafront. The slim margins at the end of the prologue, back at the gates of the bivouac, will decide the starting order for the first stage. Strategy will come into play from day one, since the top 15 riders will get to pick their position for the first stage!