It was the first and at the same time the longest day from the Desafio Ruta 40 YPF. Today riders had to leave the bivouac before the sun rise in order to reach the start of stage 1, completing a circuit of around 700 km with start and arrival in La Rioja. The fourth stop of the World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC) brought the off-road action back to the heart of Argentina. After the warm-up from yesterday, the intensity was extreme with 334 km of Special Stage composed mainly of hard gravel.
The stage winner was spaniard Tosha Schareina, a young gun that is also riding an Honda CRF 450 CRF – he finished with 17 seconds over Luciano Benavides and 1’33’’ over Adrien Van Beveren. The frenchman had the best performance from the Monster Energy Honda Team, followed by Nacho Cornejo who was 6’06’’ slower than the leader. Pablo Quintanilla finished in position 8 while Ricky Brabec finished the stage in 9 th place. For different reasons, these two last riders received a 6 minute penalty.
In the overall standings, Van Beveren stands in third place (1’09 gap), Quintanilla in 6th place (7’32 gap), Cornejo in position 8 and Brabec is now ranked in 9th place.
Tomorrow the race will leave the province of La Rioja in the direction of Belén. There will be 197 km of liaison and 265 km of Special Stage. This second stage will start with gravel track, followed by a great mix of more demanding terrains: chott, fesh-fesh, dunes and sand.
Provisional Standings after Stage 1
|1||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||3:55:00|
|2||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||3:55:01|
|3||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:56:09|
|4||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:58:17|
|5||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||3:59:06|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:02:32|
|7||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||4:03:43|
|8||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:04:26|
|9||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:07:32|
|10||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||4:08:15|
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