Dakar winner Ricky Brabec was the fastest Monster Energy Honda Team rider on the third day and the second stage from the Desafio Ruta YPF in Argentina. The american finished the 265 km of Special Stage between the cities of La Rioja and Belén in third place, 7’39 seconds behind another Honda CRF 450 Rally – the one from Tosha Schareina, who remains in the leadership of the race. José Ignacio Cornejo was 5th today and was followed by teammates Adrien Van Beveren (6th) and Pablo Quintanilla (8th).
The first part of today’s stage was really fast with gravel tracks and then navigation was more important in the second part with demanding terrains: chott, fesh-fesh, dunes and sand. It was a truly argentinian classic, demanding a lot from riders and machines, testing their shape and reliability.
In the overall standings, Van Beveren remains in third place (13’20 gap), Brabec goes up to the 5th place, Quintanilla keeps the 6th place and Cornejo jumps one position to 7’th place.
Tomorrow the race will repeat the circuit scheme with start and arrival in Belén. There will be 197 km of liaison and 265 km of Special Stage. This third stage will mix once again gravel, sand tracks and dunes.
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||07:22:40|
|2||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||07:27:23|
|3||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:36:00|
|4||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||07:37:18|
|5||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:42:51|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:43:15|
|7||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:43:32|
|8||Bühler Sebastian||110||GER||Bühler Racing Team||KTM||07:48:17|
|9||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||07:48:25|
|10||Cox Bradley||49||RSA||BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM||KTM||07:58:07|
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