The Honda CRF450 RALLY was once again the protagonist in the fourth stage of the Andalucia Rally: the victory went to Joan Barreda and second place to Kevin Benavides, who in doing so, consolidates the overall leadership.

The third stage of this Andalucia Rally was the lengthiest of the four days of competition: 300 kilometres against the clock out of a total 434-kilometre stage, held entirely in the province of Seville, although with some changes to the initial schedule (60 km less) which saw the start delayed by an hour.

Joan Barreda proved the winner on the day. Setting off from behind, the Spaniard from Castellón was able to set a solid pace, clawing back time from his rivals to finish with an advantage of over three-and-a-half minutes over the day’s second best finisher. Barreda, despite yesterday’s penalty, thus pulls back positions in the general standings and is now sixth overall in the race.

Fellow-Monster Energy Honda Team squad-mate Kevin Benavides also produced a fine stage three showing, posting second and keeping command of the overall leader board for a further day. Benavides has an advantage of more than six and a half minutes over the nearest second-placed rival with just the final stage to run before the race concludes.

For Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio Cornejo it was a somewhat troublesome day, both struggling to find a rhythm aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes with both taking the opportunity to ride risk-free and get more experience under the belt.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the Andalucia Rally concludes with two final special stages: an opening 110-kilometre timed section over the same terrain as the first day, plus, another 100-kilometre stretch close to the Villamartín bivouac.

Ricky Brabec

STAGE: 22nd OVERALL: 14th

Today was nice, with more open tracks and faster. For me it was much nicer but, unfortunately, we didn’t do so well. We are just going to keep going. We had an engine change last night, and at this point we not really racing, we are just hanging out and doing wheelies for the fans. We’ll see tomorrow.

José Ignacio Cornejo

STAGE: 15th OVERALL: 9th

We finished the third day. Today we experienced a bit of chaos because early in the morning they gave us some contradictory information in the roadbook, some riders passed me and I was in the dust until the end. The truth is that I don’t really care about the race outcome because of everything that has happened, things that are beyond logic. I'm going to prepare for the last day to be able to arrive as best I can at the Dakar.

Kevin Benavides

STAGE: 2nd OVERALL: 1st

It was a good day today. I made some navigational mistakes, but the pace and speed on the bike were good, allowing me to make up some lost time. I'm also happy because my arm didn't hurt at all. We have passed another positive day and there is just one more day of racing remaining to enjoy.

Joan Barreda

STAGE: 1st OVERALL: 6th

I started behind, at first I had to be careful because there was a lot of dust and you could not do any crazy overtaking as there was no air and the dust stayed suspended in the air and it was dangerous. I was able to pass a few riders when the open track arrived and I kept calm and was able to recover quite a bit of time with some good pace. I'm quite happy with the stage, because I liked the terrain, with fast tracks and some rocks which really punished the tyres.

2020 Season
Stage   Andalucia

Stage 3 results (with penalties)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 1:47'28
2 Benavides Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'45
3 Van Beveren Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'53
4 de Soultrait Xavier FRA HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +3'23
5 Caimi Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +3'26
6 Sanders Daniel AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'27
7 Howes Skyler 59 USA Klymciw Racing KTM +4'52
8 Price Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'14
9 Santolino Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +6'18
10 Tomiczek Adam POL Orlen Team KTM +7'17
15 Cornejo José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'39
22 Brabec Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'24
2020 Season
Stage   Andalucia

Provisional Standings after Stage 3 (with penalties)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Benavides Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 8:15'33
2 Van Beveren Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'38
3 Santolino Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +7'25
4 Caimi Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'28
5 Price Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'20
6 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +18'23
7 Tomiczek Adam POL Orlen Team KTM +21'56
8 de Soultrait Xavier FRA HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +22'08
9 Cornejo José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +24'36
10 Walkner Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +24'38
14 Brabec Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +30'34
Location Information

11650 Villamartín, Cádiz, Spain - View in Google Maps