A curtain-raising Super Special at the Losail Circuit got the second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship off and running. Monster Energy Honda Team participate with Paulo Gonçalves and Kevin Benavides.
A short, but nonetheless spectacular special stage of just less than five kilometres in the area surrounding the Losail circuit got the Qatar Rally underway today. A very compact and rocky track required a mix of aggression and prudence in equal measures as competitors battled to stay on their bikes.
Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, still fighting to overcome a right wrist injury was one of the first to tackle the unknown track and rode a swift race to score one of the day’s better times on the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The rider who hails from Salta, Argentina posted fifth fastest on the day. Monster Energy Honda Team co-rider Paulo Gonçalves finished behind Kevin, who came home two seconds ahead of the Portuguese rider.
Tomorrow, the first full stage attend. Riders can look forward to a long second special stage with 334 km against the clock. Expect heavy navigation on a rocky ride through the desert, which will include a final section of dunes in the south eastern area of the Qatar peninsula.
Super Special Stage Results
|1||Meo Antoine||FRA||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||4'31.90|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+0'06.90|
|3||Sunderland Sam||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+0'08.30|
|4||Renet Pierre-Alexandre||FRA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+0'10.90|
|5||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'14.70|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'16.20|
|7||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+0'28.10|
|8||Tomiczek Adam||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+0'39.90|
|9||Giemza Maciej||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+0'44.20|
|10||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Ride to Abu Dhabi Team||KTM||+0'56.50|
We have great pleasure in welcoming you to the desert landscapes of Qatar and we hope that our varied desert terrain of soft sand, of dunes, of hard and rocky terrain all provide suitable challenges for our FIA and FIM World Championship contenders and competitors over the five hard days… read more.
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