The action is finally on at the Dakar Rally 2023! It was just a symbolic start today, with a short 13 kilometers prologue with start and finish at the Sea Camp bivouac. Breaking the ice, this was certainly a different way to say goodbye to 2022.
The 45th edition of the Dakar is open and Monster Energy Honda Team riders can’t wait for the excitement of the arduous challenge ahead with 15 more days of racing in the deserts of Saudi Arabia.
Dakar winner Ricky Brabec was the strongest rider within the team, with a 10th place, followed by Pablo Quintanilla (12th place). The American will be allowed to choose his position for the first stage, a privilege that won’t be granted to Quintanilla, Adrien Van Beveren (16th place) and Jose Ignacio Cornejo (27th place).
Stage number one will keep the caravan still at the Sea Camp bivouac for one more day, but playtime is over as the rally starts to unfold. A special stage of 369 km plus a 235 of liaison will make the day, with sandy tracks followed by stony sections with a fair bit of gravel. So it’s time to test everybody’s dune-surfing abilities in the final stretch. The day won’t be particularly challenging, but will for sure be a chance to find the right rhythm and balance.
|1||8||Toby Price||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||00:08'22||-||-|
|2||18||Daniel Sanders||Red Bull Gas Gas Factory Racing||00:08'23||+00:00'01||-|
|3||16||Ross Branch||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||00:08'31||+00:00'09||-|
|4||5||Joan Barreda||Monster Energy JB Team||00:08'31||+00:00'09||-|
|5||47||Kevin Benavides||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||00:08'31||+00:00'09||-|
|6||27||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||00:08'32||+00:00'10||-|
|11||2||Ricky Brabec||Monster Energy Honda Team||00:08'36||+00:00'14||-|
|12||7||Pablo Quintanilla||Monster Energy Honda Team||00:08'38||+00:00'16||-|
|17||42||Adrien Van Beveren||Monster Energy Honda Team||00:08'42||+00:00'20||-|
|81||11||Jose Ignacio Cornejo||Monster Energy Honda Team||00:09'37||+00:01'15||-|