It was a celebration momentum at the Cerro Colorado Speedway: the prologue from the Sonora Rally was held today at Hermosillo, the Capital of the Mexican state that gives name to the third round of the W2RC. Adrien Van Beveren was the fastest of the team. He, Ricky Brabec and Pablo Quintanilla will have the chance to choose their starting order for Stage 1.
After the ceremonial start at Parque La Ruina, the prologue from the Sonora Rally released the tension and allowed the riders to fight for the best position to the real start of the competition. Like usual, this warm up was composed of only 10 kilometres, added by a 43 Km liaison. The first part was a paved straight line surrounded by spectators eager to see and feel the vibes of the competition. The high temperatures of the Mexican desert reached today 38ºC in a landscape full of cacti where the hard tracks demanded all concentration from the riders.
Monster Energy Honda Team placed three riders in the Top 10 of the prologue. Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren was the fastest in 4th position, followed by American Ricky Brabec in 5th position and Chilean Pablo Quintanilla in 10th place. José Ignacio Cornejo finished 15th in the GP Rally standings.
Tomorrow it’s time for the real start of the Sonora Rally, with a first stage composed of a total of 340 km – 175 Km of special stage and 165 Km of liaison with start and arrival in Hermosillo.
Provisional Standings Prologue Sonora Rally
|1||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||5:28|
|2||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||5:33|
|3||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||5:34|
|4||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:34|
|5||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:36|
|6||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||5:37|
|7||Howes Skyler||10||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:39|
|8||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||5:39|
|10||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||5:40|
|15||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||6:05|