Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda lead the Andalucia Rally after clinching first and second spots in the opening stage of the race today. Brabec and Cornejo both posted top ten finishes.
The Monster Energy Honda Team riders shone as the first full stage of the Andalucia Rally got underway. Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda scooped the top positions after completing the day’s two timed-sections, which played out over wide open routes and tracks. Both riders aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLYs were able to grab the two leading positions on the day, as well as in the overall standings of the rally.
Today’s starting order proved a positive one for both riders, who were able to make up ground on the riders who had finished faster yesterday. In spite of some technical issues, Kevin Benavides held an infernal pace to take the win ahead of his Monster Energy Honda Team squad-mate Joan Barreda. The Argentine’s win on the day sees him take the overall leadership with a 3’15-advantage over the Spaniard.
Team-mates Ricky Brabec and Nacho Cornejo, not used to the Andalucian slopes, were finding it difficult to keep the pace set by Kevin and Joan, conceding several minutes in the process. The pair hold ninth and tenth in the general standings after stage one.
The second stage will take place tomorrow, Thursday, with two 140-kilometre and 130-kilometre timed-stages plus a 95-kilometre liaison section. The second special of tomorrow’s stage two will cover the same route as today’s.
Stage 1 Results
|1||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:36'17|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+3'15|
|3||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+3'19|
|4||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||HT Husqvarna Rally Team||Husqvarna||+5'08|
|5||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'40|
|6||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+6'35|
|7||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'39|
|8||Tomiczek Adam||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||+8'26|
|9||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+8'59|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+9'54|
Provisional Standings after Stage 1
|1||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:43'00|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:46'14|
|3||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||3:46'18|
|4||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||HT Husqvarna Rally Team||Husqvarna||3:48'08|
|5||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||3:48'36|
|6||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||3:49'30|
|7||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:49'45|
|8||Tomiczek Adam||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||3:51'26|
|9||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:51'57|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:53'15|