Stage 03
W2RC 2023
Round 1

Rocks, sand, rain and mud all in one day

sa Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia

When we think about the Dakar Rally, it’s normally sunny, hot and full of sand. Today’s special stage was 447 kilometers long and offered the riders an impressive variety of terrains and sensations.

Rocks, sand, rain and mud all in one day

Still some challenging rocky tracks on the horizon, dirt and sandy tracks made this day – leaving for the end some unusual showers and mud to welcome all at the Ha’Il bivouac!

Monster Energy Honda Team had today a major casualty, after the abandonment of Ricky Brabec. The first American to win the Dakar Rally, back in 2020, has suffered a fall after 274 km of the special stage. He was rescued by helicopter and is safe at the local hospital. After all exams, the medical staff at Ha’Il hospital confirms he has no fractures or other severe condition. For precaution, he will remain under observation for another 24 hours, but his condition is good.

Pablo Quintanilla was again the first of the squad today with a seven place on the third stage, followed by Adrien Van Beveren (8 place) and José Ignacio Cornejo – who was 10th. This means Pablo and Van Beveren keep the same position in the overall standings (7th and 8th places), while Nacho is ranked in the 12th position.

Tomorrow the fourth stage from this year’s Dakar Rally will have a start and finish at the Ha’Il bivouac. This special stage will have 425 kilometers and a liaison of 152 km. The weather forecast talks about the comeback of the sun. Sheer mountains of sand will appear in the first 100 kilometers. After that, there is tricky navigation on the sandy tracks leading back to Ha’Il. So sand dunes and sand tracks will dominate (36% each), leaving just 10% of dirt tracks and rocky sections (9%).

Ruben Faria
Ruben Faria
Monster Energy Honda Team
I want to leave a special word to our rider Ricky Brabec, who had to leave the rally after a crash. Monster Energy Honda Team is proud of him and thankful for all his efforts. He is a great rider - for sure one of the best - and a good person. So we wish him a full and speedy recovery!

Pablo Quintanilla
Pablo Quintanilla 7
Monster Energy Honda Team
I am really sorry for Ricky. He is a great rider, a great friend and he was doing a good job at this Dakar. Hopefully he doesn't have anything serious, so I am sure he will come back soon. About my day, it was another hard one and long. The rain made the stage a little bit more difficult than normal, making the sand heavy. I did my best and it was important to finish without any mistakes.

Adrien Van Beveren
Adrien Van Beveren 42
Monster Energy Honda Team
This was a difficult stage, especially when I saw Ricky on the ground, but luckily he was ok. The day was correct to me, I gave my best trying to avoid any mistakes. So I am ready for another day at the Dakar Rally, feeling strong and confident in my skills and support from my team.

José Ignacio Cornejo
José Ignacio Cornejo 11
Monster Energy Honda Team
This was another tough stage and I am really sorry my teammate Ricky had to abandon. The conditions were mixed but very hard. I had a small crash in the beginning and it took me a while to regroup after that. But I am happy with my performance, this Dakar is just starting and I am here to resist and succeed.

Stage Result

118Daniel SandersRed Bull GasGas Factory Racing04:24'15-00:02'00
210Skyler HowesHusqvarna Factory Racing04:30'34+00:06'19-
39Mason KleinBAS WORLD KTM RACING TEAM04:31'14+00:06'59-
447Kevin BenavidesRed Bull KTM Factory Racing04:31'38+00:07'23-
55Joan BarredaMonster Energy JB Team04:35'44+00:11'29-
68Toby PriceRed Bull KTM Factory Racing04:36'29+00:12'14-
77Pablo QuintanillaMonster Energy Honda Team04:38'50+00:14'35-
842Adrien Van BeverenMonster Energy Honda Team04:39'43+00:15'2800:01'00
1011Jose Ignacio CornejoMonster Energy Honda Team04:40'23+00:16'08-

Overall Result

118Daniel SandersRed Bull GasGas Factory Racing14:05'38-00:02'00
29Mason KleinBAS WORLD KTM RACING TEAM14:09'42+00:04'0400:02'00
347Kevin BenavidesRed Bull KTM Factory Racing14:12'31+00:06'5300:03'00
410Skyler HowesHusqvarna Factory Racing14:14'13+00:08'35-
55Joan BarredaMonster Energy JB Team14:16'15+00:10'3700:01'00
68Toby PriceRed Bull KTM Factory Racing14:16'38+00:11'00-
77Pablo QuintanillaMonster Energy Honda Team14:22'34+00:16'5600:02'00
842Adrien Van BeverenMonster Energy Honda Team14:27'08+00:21'30-
1211Jose Ignacio CornejoMonster Energy Honda Team14:33'38+00:28'00-

Published on