Monster Energy Honda Team rider Kevin Benavides remains at the top of the Andalucia Rally standings after the second stage of the race. The Argentine finished second aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY.
Stage two of the Andalucia Rally was far from an easy one, with a total of 365 kilometres to tackle in the road book, 270 of which were against the clock. Kevin Benavides opened the track in both of the special stages held today and, despite this impedance and a crash in the opening special, nevertheless managed to keep hold of the leading position in the general standings, posting second place on the day, less than one minute behind the eventual stage winner. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider now has a five-minute advantage over the nearest second-placed rival.
Joan Barreda, who started behind his team-mate Benavides, conceded some time with a GPS issue and went on to finish the day in eighth place. The Spaniard is now fourth overall, half a minute off a podium place.
Improving day by day in terrain types that are new to him, is Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo. Today, ‘Nacho’ wrapped up the day in an excellent seventh position, five minutes adrift of the day’s winner. The rider from Copiapó jumps two places in the general rankings. Ricky Brabec, ninth in this second stage, is seventh in the overall Andalucia Rally table.
Tomorrow, sees the longest stage of the race with a total of 434 kilometres including a single 300-kilometre special to be held in the province of Seville.
Stage 2 results (updated with penalties)
|1||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||2:58'38|
|2||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+2'16|
|3||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+2'36|
|4||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'42|
|5||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3'05|
|6||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+5'40|
|7||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'59|
|8||Short Andrew||USA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+6'49|
|9||Mccanney Jamie||GBR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+7'30|
|10||Bühler Sebastian||110||GER||Bühler Racing Team||KTM||+7'35|
|12||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+9'09|
|22||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+19'36|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2 (with penalties)
|1||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||06:24'20|
|2||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+2'52|
|3||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'30|
|4||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+8'45|
|5||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+11'47|
|6||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+11'55|
|7||Tomiczek Adam||20||POL||Orlen Team||Husqvarna||+16'24|
|8||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+16'42|
|9||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+16'52|
|10||Mccanney Jamie||GBR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+17'30|
|14||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+20'08|