Today it was time for the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2023, with the connection between the Sea Camp and Alula. Along the 430 kilometers of the Special Stage, riders got mostly hard and rocky tracks – conditions that demanded a lot of attention to avoid damaging the tyres and keep the pace.
All four Monster Energy Honda Riders reached the bivouac safe and sound after this long day (besides the competitive section there was a liaison of 159 km to cover).
So this was a long and hard day, testing the skills of riders and also the ability of the Honda CRF 450 Rally to face the most extreme terrains. Pablo Quintanilla (CL) was the first of the squad today (11th place), followed by José Ignacio Cornejo (CL) – who was 13th – Ricky Brabec (USA) and Adrien Van Beveren. These last two were close in the 15 and 16th position. With this performance, the team keeps its strong position in the convoy – with all riders on the top 15 but closer to the top 10: Brabec is in six position, Quintanilla in 8th, Van Beveren in 11th and “Nacho” Cordejo in position 15th in the overall standings.
Tomorrow the third stage from this year’s Dakar Rally will leave the Alula bivouac in the direction of Ha’il. This special stage will have 447 kilometers, but to content the riders not so many stones in the track (13%), since the sandy and dirt road will be the main course for this day. So for now no dunes – still – on the horizon!
|1||9||Mason Klein||BAS WORLD KTM RACING TEAM||05:23'04||-||00:02'00|
|2||14||Sebastian Bühler||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||05:24'13||+00:01'09||-|
|3||10||Skyler Howes||Husqvarna Factory Racing||05:24'17||+00:01'13||-|
|4||16||Ross Branch||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||05:25'02||+00:01'58||-|
|5||8||Toby Price||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||05:25'20||+00:02'16||-|
|6||5||Joan Barreda||Monster Energy JB Team||05:25'36||+00:02'32||-|
|11||7||Pablo Quintanilla||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:27'27||+00:04'23||-|
|13||11||Jose Ignacio Cornejo||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:27'45||+00:04'41||-|
|15||2||Ricky Brabec||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:28'39||+00:05'35||-|
|16||42||Adrien Van Beveren||Monster Energy Honda Team||05:28'58||+00:05'54||-|
|1||9||Mason Klein||BAS WORLD KTM RACING TEAM||09:38'28||-||00:02'00|
|2||8||Toby Price||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||09:40'09||+00:01'41||-|
|3||5||Joan Barreda||Monster Energy JB Team||09:40'31||+00:02'03||00:01'00|
|4||47||Kevin Benavides||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||09:40'53||+00:02'25||00:01'00|
|5||18||Daniel Sanders||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||09:41'23||+00:02'55||00:02'00|
|6||2||Ricky Brabec||Monster Energy Honda Team||09:42'49||+00:04'21||-|
|8||7||Pablo Quintanilla||Monster Energy Honda Team||09:43'44||+00:05'16||00:02'00|
|11||42||Adrien Van Beveren||Monster Energy Honda Team||09:47'25||+00:08'57||-|
|15||11||Jose Ignacio Cornejo||Monster Energy Honda Team||09:53'15||+00:14'47||-|