Joan Barreda and Pablo Quintanilla got off to a fine start at the Andalucía Rally. The two Monster Energy Honda Team riders were among the frontrunners at the end of the first stage held today in Villamartín.
Over winding, slippery Andalucian terrain, full of tall vegetation and potential hazards, the Monster Energy Honda Team riders were able to set a cracking pace. The racing on the first full stage played out against a backdrop of crop-filled fields, covering a total of 219 kilometres, including 177 against the clock.
Joan Barreda regained ground on the provisional race leader, whom the rider from Castellón was quickly able to overhaul, before opening the track for the remainder of the day. Barreda was feeling at ease aboard the #88 Honda CRF450 RALLY and went on to earn second place some 22 seconds behind the day’s winner.
Elsewhere, Pablo Quintanilla also managed to set a swift pace, at times occupying positions in the virtual podium standings, although he would subsequently drop several seconds that will, however, allow him to set off from sixth starting position tomorrow. The Chilean continues to adapt quickly to his new bike.
The second stage of the Andalucía Rally, which will take place tomorrow, Friday, is set to be the lengthiest of the whole rally: 339 kilometres of timed special which will see the Honda CRF450 RALLY’s odometer clock up a total of 451 kilometres before the competitors make it back to the camp at Hacienda El Rosalejo.
Stage 1 provisional Results
|1||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||1:47'28|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'22|
|3||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+1'00|
|4||Caimi Franco||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+1'40|
|5||Cerutti Jacopo||ITA||Solarys Racing||Husqvarna||+2'30|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'35|
|7||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Shad / LS2||Rieju||+3'55|
|8||Doveze Mathieu||FRA||Nomade Racing||KTM||+6'56|
|9||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+7'14|
|10||Gonçalves Rui||POR||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+7'24|