Chilean Pablo Quintanilla was fighting all day for the top positions during the first stage of the Sonora Rally and finished in third place. The 170 kilometers Special Stage made a tour around Hermosillo and was dominated by Spaniard Tosha Schareina, who is also riding a Honda CRF 450 Rally.
Like what happened in the prologue, the Monster Energy Honda Team was able to guarantee a good presence on the Top 10. Besides Quintanilla’s third place (41 seconds gap), Adrien Van Beveren finished in the 7th position (2:28 minutes gap), while Ricky Brabec reached the bivouac back in Hermosillo in 9th place (2:36 gap). With the hard mission to open the stage, “Nacho” Cornejo finished 16th today (7:52 minutes gap).
Tomorrow the difficulties of the Sonora Rally will speak louder, with more kilometers to cover between Hermosillo and Puerto Peñasco: a total of 541 km – 286 of special stage and 255 of liaison. Riders will enjoy quite a variety of terrains, with gravel tracks, sand and the tricky chott.
Provisional Standings Stage 1 Sonora Rally
|1||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||01:33:25|
|2||Sanders Daniel||4||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||01:33:31|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:34:06|
|4||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01:34:31|
|5||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||01:35:29|
|6||Howes Skyler||10||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:35:38|
|7||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:35:53|
|8||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||01:35:54|
|9||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:36:01|
|16||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:42:17|