Monster Energy Honda Team got the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge underway today – the second round of the FIM Rally-Raid World Championship. With the shakedown and the administrative and technical checks out of the way, today was the turn of the curtain-raising prologue.
A short two-kilometre prologue, without many technical complications, held close to the Yas Marina circuit, served to determine the starting order for tomorrow’s first full stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. With minimal differences in finish times, a conversion rate (x8) was used to lengthen the gaps for tomorrow’s race-start.
The top finishers were able to choose the starting order for Sunday’s first stage, which will take the competitors from Yas Marina into the Liwa Desert, south of the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Well-aware of the importance of starting as far back in the starting order as possible, the trio of Monster Energy Honda Team riders refrained from their usual frenetic pace over today’s short special stage. Nacho Cornejo will start from 18th place, Ricky Brabec from 21st place and Pablo Quintanilla from 28th place. The team is confident that starting from the rear will help them gain time on the riders setting off ahead.
|1||Docherty Michael||20||UAE||SRG Motorsports||Husqvarna||20'16|
|2||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'00|
|3||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'08|
|4||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'40|
|5||Caimi Franco||6||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'40|
|6||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'40|
|7||Cox Bradley||49||RSA||BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM||KTM||+0'40|
|8||Rodrigues Joaquim||27||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'48|
|9||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+0'48|
|10||Santolino Lorenzo||15||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+0'56|
|18||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'36|
|21||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'00|
|28||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+3'04|
The erstwhile UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross country rallies, entered a new era in March 2009 when it was renamed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with the five-day motor sport spectacular being staged in its entirety across Abu Dhabi emirate under the auspices of the Abu… read more.
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|2021||Matthias Walkner (KTM)|
|2019||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2018||Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)|
|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Toby Price (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Paulo Gonçalves (Honda)|