Blistering performances from Monster Energy Honda Team with the stage victory for Joan Barreda, plus fourth and fifth spots for Michael Metge and Kevin Benavides as the race moves on from Pisco.
A rough offroad ride and sand dunes were the order of the day for stage two of the 2018 Dakar Rally. The course featured a total of 279 kilometres with 95% of the distance against the clock. The stage was something of an anomaly given that the cars got to start out before the bikes, leaving riders to deal with heavily churned up sand after their four-wheeled counter parts had roared through.
The initial section of the 277-kilometre stage around the outskirts of Ica and Paracas, required some skilful navigation in soft yet physically demanding dunes, complicated further by the altitude.
Joan Barreda gave a master class in speed with a commanding performance in the special stage. The Spaniard completed the course in 2 h 56’ 44” nearly three minutes less than the stage runner-up. Barreda thus moves to the head of the overall leader board.
Likewise, Michael Metge bounced back from yesterday’s delayed time to post a noteworthy result. The Frenchman looked at ease on the bike and scored fourth spot on the day and now holds ninth in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, Kevin Benavides also turned out a fine, almost effortless performance that stands him in good stead for tomorrow. The Argentine rider now lies in seventh overall position and will be able to attack from a strong starting position in a stage with very similar characteristics to those of today’s.
Ricky Brabec finished the stage in twelfth spot and moves up one place in the general rankings to eleventh. The American rider got slowed up among some of the lost cars going in circles in the desperate search for some of the route’s more elusive waypoints.
Finally, the stage proved to be another positive one for the surprising young Nacho Cornejo who appears to be taking well to the hand-me-down Honda CRF450 of retiree Paulo Goncalves. The Chilean finished in fourteenth and occupies the corresponding place on the overall leader board.
Tomorrow, Monday, sees the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally setting out from Pisco with destination San Juan de Marcona, covering a total of 504 kilometres, including 296 km against the clock. The first of the bike category will set off at 05:45 and is scheduled to arrive at the San Juan de Marcona bivouac at approximately 14:00 hrs.
Stage 2 Results
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||02:56'44|
|2||Van Beveren Adrien||4||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+02'54|
|3||Walkner Matthias||2||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+04'24|
|4||Metge Michael||14||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+04'39|
|5||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+05'43|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||10||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+05'45|
|7||Sunderland Sam||1||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+06'01|
|8||de Soultrait Xavier||23||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+06'12|
|9||Caimi Franco||7||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+06'36|
|10||Price Toby||8||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+06'40|
|11||Barragán Jonathan||60||SPA||Gas Gas Racing||Gas Gas||+06'43|
|12||Brabec Ricky||20||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+07'19|
|13||Cornejo José Ignacio||68||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+09'32|
|14||Meo Antoine||19||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+09'43|
|15||Farres Gerard||3||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+10'53|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||03:18'36|
|2||Van Beveren Adrien||4||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+02'30|
|3||Walkner Matthias||2||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+04'50|
|4||Sunderland Sam||1||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+05'04|
|5||Quintanilla Pablo||10||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+05'44|
|6||de Soultrait Xavier||23||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+06'22|
|7||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+06'39|
|8||Caimi Franco||7||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+07'10|
|9||Metge Michael||14||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+07'33|
|10||Price Toby||8||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+09'04|
|11||Brabec Ricky||20||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+06'43|
|14||Cornejo José Ignacio||68||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+09'32|
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