Monster Energy Honda Team’s Paulo Gonçalves rose to the occasion in a trouble-plagued second stage of the Dakar 2017. Teammates Ricky Brabec and Joan Barreda were among the fastest of the day.

Speed, hazards on the track and high temperatures were just some of the factors at play on a high-speed day two at the Dakar in the Chaco region. The heat continues to be the leading protagonist in the early part of the rally which is proving to be as punishing to man as it is to machine. As riders crossed the line their tyres were showing clear symptoms of the extreme conditions that they are being subjected to.

The four Monster Energy Honda Team riders got off to quick start, notching up times that kept them amongst the leading pack. Today’s 275 kilometre special covered various terrain types and was littered with multiple dangers: rocks, ditches and fords… not to mention animals straying onto the track in front of the competitors.

Joan Barreda, one of the fastest throughout the day, had a near-miss with a cow, the Spaniard choosing to play it safe for the latter part of the special, dropping time to the eventual stage winner. His Monster Energy Honda Team buddy Paulo Gonçalves, was also riding like a bat out of hell, taking second spot on the day and second overall as the Dakar 2017 leader board begins to take shape.

American Ricky Brabec was in the fray too, keeping the pace with his teammates, to post seventh at the flag and sixth in the general standings. Frenchman Michael Metge, who set off from second place at the start, like Barreda, chose to put precaution first, avoiding any hazards and saving the team any scares in the early stages.

Tomorrow competitors can expect a tough, lengthy stage where riders will get their first taste of the Bolivian altitudes to be endured over the forthcoming stages.

 


TOMORROW’ STAGE

Wednesday, January 4
STAGE 3 SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN – SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY
SELECTIVE SECTOR 364 km TOTAL 780 km

OFF-ROAD, ACT1
The rise in temperature and altitude will accompany a drastic change of scenery. With the first off-road sections, the riders and crews will head straight to the business at hand. The first real test in terms of endurance will also call for vigilance and lucidity when crossing the Rios. On the other hand, the trucks will be spared this final difficulty.

Check the Stage 3 maps here.

Joan Barreda 11

STAGE: 8th, +6’25 OVERALL: 8th, +5’32

I’m happy to have finished the stage well. In the first stretch there were plenty of dangers which didn’t make me feel confident at such high speeds. From then on we decided not to take any chances. Yes, it’s true that I have dropped a couple of minutes, but I’m certain that we can recuperate them over the coming days as the role of navigation becomes a key factor in the stages.

Paulo Goncalves 17

STAGE: 2nd, +3’51 OVERALL: 2nd, +2’54

We had a really quick part against the clock, filled with a lot of dangers such as animals crossing the track. I’m pleased for the Monster Energy Honda Team: all the riders have arrived safe and in one piece, without having taken any risks; that is the important thing as the race has barely started.

Ricky Brabec 9

STAGE: 7th, +5’40 OVERALL: 6th, +4’29

I think that today was maybe the fastest day of the Dakar. We really couldn’t go much faster than we went today. It’s crazy, it’s so hot outside and we are trying to save our machines but we are also trying to push them. You don’t want to blow your wheels up and get stuck out there with the cows. I was trying to hit all the mud holes to get cooler water onto the wheels. I got to the finish line safe, rode well and hit all the notes. So, I’m already to go again tomorrow. Tomorrow is 364 kilometres so it would be nice to just hang out and not navigate as much.

Michael Metge 15

STAGE: 25th, +17'05 OVERALL: 23th, +16'28

Today has been the first full day of the Dakar. This morning I started out and I waited for Paulo and Joan to pass. I lost a few minutes with this action. After that I started picking up the pace but I saw that there were dangers all over the place and we nearly ran into a cow, which gave us a bit of a shock. As a consequence, we decided to slow things down a bit, also because the ground was very broken up. As time went by I grew in confidence and I made it through to the end without any problems. The bike is going fantastically which is the main thing.

Private: Roberto Boasso

Team Manager

I’m pleased. Everything went well on a very difficult, danger-filled stage. The riders did really well without taking any potentially costly risks. Paulo had a great special; Joan, Ricky and Mika too. The main objective is to get through to the end of the stage in one piece without any falls and without punishing the bike excessively. Really, I’m very happy and hopefully we can continue to stay as focused over the next few stages.

2017 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK17 , Stage 2   Dakar

Stage 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Price Toby 1 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:37'32"
2 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'51
3 de Soultrait Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +4'06
4 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'19
5 Quintanilla Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'48
6 Svitko Stefan 2 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +4'54
7 Brabec Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'40
8 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'25
9 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +7'26
10 Faggotter Rodney 43 AUS Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +7'50
11 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +8'09
12 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'15
13 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'22
14 Cervantes Iván 25 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +10'38
15 Monleon Armand 10 SPA Duust Rally Team KTM +10'59
2017 Dakar Rally
Stage Round DAK17 , Stage 2   Dakar

Provisional Standings after Stage2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Price Toby 1 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:07'17
2 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'54
3 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'23
4 de Soultrait Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +3'41
5 Quintanilla Pablo 3 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'26
6 Brabec Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'29
7 Svitko Stefan 2 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +4'45
8 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'32
9 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +6'46
10 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +6'49
11 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'39
12 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +7'52
13 Faggotter Rodney 43 AUS Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'50
14 Cervantes Iván 25 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +10'09
15 Botturi Alessandro 18 ITA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +11'08

Stage 2 Video Monster Honda Energy Team Dakar 2017

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Paulo Gonçalves rose to the occasion in a trouble-plagued second stage of the Dakar 2017. Teammates Ricky Brabec and Joan Barreda were among the fastest of the day.


Stage 1 Video Monster Honda Energy Team Dakar 2017

The riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team, Ricky Brabec, Michael Metge, Paulo Gonçalves and Joan Barreda kicked off proceedings at the Dakar Rally in style; all four occupying positions among the top eight finishers.

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