It was the longest race day at the Sonora Rally, the third stop of the World Rally Raid Championship. From the shores of the Sea of Cortez stage 3 challenged the competitors in a demanding off-road circuit with start and arrival in Puerto Peñasco with a 350 km of special stage and a liaison of 116 km. This was the long awaited chance to finally ride on the sand dunes!
Yesterday mechanics had to work hard to make sure all bikes were 100% checked and revised for the longest stage of the rally.
Ricky Brabec was once again the fastest rider from the Monster Energy Honda Team, showing how he is a true reference in the rally raid panorama. The legendary rider, who was the first American to win the Dakar back in 2020, reached Puerto Peñasco with a 6:40 minute gap to the stage leader. Now he stands in 11th position overall. The second fastest today was Adrien Van Beveren, 6th place on stage 3 (9:36 gap) – now the Frenchman sits in 5th place overall. Pablo Quintanilla closed the Top 10 today (14:54 gap) and is now 7th in the overall standings. The other Chilean of the team – Nacho Cornejo – finished the stage in 11th position and is now ranked 13th in the overall standings when there are still two more stages to go.
With only two more days to go at the Sonora Rally, tomorrow stage number 4 will consist again of a circuit with start and arrival in Puerto Peñasco with a 248 km of special stage and a liaison of 237 km. In smaller portions, the “menu” for the riders won’t be much different from today, with gravel tracks, sand tracks, dunes and chott. The high temperatures will continue and the same goes to the dust in the air, for sure one of the worst enemies in this titanium battle.
Provisional Standings on Stage 3 Sonora Rally
|1||Sanders Daniel||4||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||03:25:08|
|2||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||03:31:46|
|3||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||03:32:48|
|4||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||03:32:48|
|5||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||03:33:30|
|6||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||03:34:44|
|7||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||03:35:38|
|8||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||03:37:45|
|10||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||03:40:02|
|11||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||03:40:20|