Today the forth and penultimate stage of the Sonora Rally was a rollercoaster of emotions for most of the riders. Due to a mistake in the road book at Km 76,84 where it was indicated CAP 298 instead of CAP 233, several FIM competitors missed the route – among them were Monster Energy Honda Team riders Adrien Van Beveren, Pablo Quintanilla and José Igacio Cornejo. All competitors affected by this situation were able to rejoin the rally route at Km 93,39. FIM officials analyzed the issue and presented a solution intended to minimize its impact. In consequence, the Race Director decided to disregard the SS time between WP26 (Km 76,84) and WP30 (Km 93,39). The Bonus corresponding to the WP of 91,36 Km was also not considered.
Ricky Brabec was once again the fastest rider from the Monster Energy Honda Team, finishing the stage in 6th position (3:34 gap) – meaning he was able to climb some position in the overall standings (to 9th place). Adrien Van Beveren was 8th today and sits in 6th overall. José Ignacio Cornejo closed the Top 10 and kept the 13th position overall. Finally, Pablo Quintanilla was the 14th fastest rider today and got 8th in the overall standings.
With only one more day to go at the Sonora Rally, the race has tomorrow a shorter stage between Puerto Peñasco and San Luis with a 139 km of special stage and a liaison of 259 km. Gravel and sand tracks with a lot of dust will continue to demand full concentration and great technical driving skills.
Provisional Standings on Stage 4 Sonora Rally
|1||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02:33:21|
|2||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||02:33:44|
|3||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||02:34:13|
|4||Sanders Daniel||4||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||02:35:01|
|5||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02:36:20|
|6||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02:36:55|
|7||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||02:37:59|
|8||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02:38:13|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02:41:09|
|14||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02:43:23|