The second stop of this year’s World Rally Raid Championship is coming to an end, with only one more day to race in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren is the leader after Stage 4, with almost three minutes in front of second place and six to his teammate José Ignacio Cornejo.
With limited visibility at the start, the Special Stage was 266 kilometers long and once again the menu was sand, sand and more sand! Big dunes and sand tracks were once again a perfect match for the Monster Energy Honda Team riders, with Van Beveren being second (3:22 minutes gap), Ricky Brabec 4th and Cornejo 6th.
Pablo Quintanilla, who was second at the start from Qasr Al Sarab today, is out of the race due to technical problems in his bike. One of the consequences was that Nacho Cornejo stepped up to third place in the overall standings.
Tomorrow’s Stage 5 – the last one in the program – will leave Qasr Al Sarab in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Special stage will be 206 kilometers long – added by a liaison of 164 km. It will be the goodbye from the Empty Quarter and its amazing set of gigantic dunes and the last chance to change positions in the overall standings: just around eight minutes separate the Top7 riders, showing that all is still open and competition will be tackled until the last mile.
The legendary UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross country rallies founded by Emirati Motorsport legend, former EMSO President and the new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem back in 1991, and over the years has seen many of the biggest names in international motorsport tackle the… read more.
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|2021||Matthias Walkner (KTM)|
|2019||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2018||Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)|
|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Toby Price (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Paulo Gonçalves (Honda)|