Good results for the two Monster Energy Honda Team riders making first contact with the terrain as the Andalucian Rally prologue gets underway. Barreda, second and Quintanilla, ninth, will be looking to capitalize on the good sensations felt aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY once again in tomorrow’s stage.

Motorcycle engines have roared into life in Villamartín, Andalucia. The tiny Spanish town has seen its usual peacefulness somewhat altered as it hosts the timed prologue of the Andalucía Rally. The eight-kilometre curtain-raiser was enough to allow the riders to let rip as the rally headed off along the tracks of Cadiz.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Spanish rider Joan Barreda, sporting the number 88, finished a mere second behind the prologue’s fastest rider, which will allow him to start tomorrow’s stage from a favourable position. Pablo Quintanilla, the team’s latest signing, got off to a fine start with a top ten finish, posting ninth place, some 27 seconds adrift of Joaquim Rodrígues, the rally’s first leader. The Chilean made a cautious start and will take the opportunity to bond with his new bike.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, sees the first full stage of the Andalucía Rally, consisting of a total 219-kilometre trek, including 177 against the clock. The start and finish will both be held in Villamartín.

Joan Barreda

Prologue: 2nd Standings: 2nd

It was a short stage, a fairly technical prologue with some dangers due to the rain over recent days. It was not easy, but we tried to set a good pace, without making any mistakes. Tomorrow the rally starts more seriously and it will be important over the opening kilometres, to get some good feelings with this type of terrain and the navigation involved.

Pablo Quintanilla

Prologue: 9th Standings: 9th

Estoy contento con estos primeros kilómetros de carrera con la moto, he tenido buenas sensaciones. Me lo tomé con calma, pensando en el día de mañana para tener una posición de salida cómoda. Estoy feliz de verme cómo voy encima de la moto, contento, y fuerte, también.

2021 season
Prologue   Andalucia

Provisional results Prologue

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rodrigues Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero 6'13
2 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'01
3 Bühler Sebastian POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'02
4 Caimi Franco ARG Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'05
5 Santolino Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +0'12
6 Cerutti Jacopo ITA Solarys Racing Husqvarna +0'12
7 Doveze Mathieu FRA Nomade Racing KTM +0'24
8 Pedrero Joan SPA Shad / LS2 Rieju +0'27
9 Quintanilla Pablo CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'27
10 Brabec Jan CZE Strojrent Racing KTM +0'32
2021 season
Prologue   Andalucia

Provisional Standings after Prologue

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rodrigues Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero 6'13
2 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'04
3 Bühler Sebastian POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'08
4 Caimi Franco ARG Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'20
5 Santolino Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +0'48
6 Cerutti Jacopo ITA Solarys Racing Husqvarna +0'48
7 Doveze Mathieu FRA Nomade Racing KTM +1'36
8 Pedrero Joan SPA Shad / LS2 Rieju +1'48
9 Quintanilla Pablo CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'48
10 Brabec Jan CZE Strojrent Racing KTM +2'08
Location Information

11650 Villamartín, Cádiz, Spain - View in Google Maps