It was a very positive start of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2023 for Monster Energy Honda Team. Pablo Quintanilla was the fastest rider on the six kilometres prologue held today in Al Dhannah (5:00 minutes) and Adrien Van Beveren was second (2 seconds away). Still recovering from his crash on the last Dakar Rally, Ricky Brabec made the sixth best time. José Ignacio Cornejo closed the top ten. According to the World Rally Raid Championship rules, all top 10 riders now have the chance to choose their starting order for tomorrow and this has an important strategic value.
After this warm up, the real competition starts tomorrow with the first stage connecting the city of Al Dhannah and Qasr Al Sarab – with a total of 404 kilometres. There will be first a 59 kilometres liaison to reach the start of the Special Stage. The 242 km on the chronograph will be composed of 43% of dunes, 52% of sandy tracks, 4% of chott and 1% of tarmac. The first bike will start at 8am local time (+4h GMT).
Provisional Standings after Prologue
|1||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:00|
|2||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:02|
|3||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||5:05|
|4||Klein Mason||43||USA||BAS World KTM Racing Team||KTM||5:08|
|5||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||5:16|
|6||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:16|
|7||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||5:18|
|8||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||5:18|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:25|
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)|