Adrien Van Beveren got today his first victory as a rider from Monster Energy Honda Team, after a great performance on the last stage of the Andalucia Rally. There was a second reason to celebrate: the title of Manufacturers FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion.
There was a lot of tension in this last day, reaching Cadiz after a 100 kilometres special stage (plus 300 km of liaison). Riders had the chance to experience an intense journey speeding in large dirt roads, but also challenged to navigate in small mountains in more slow and technical terrains. In the end Adrien Van Beveren was 16 seconds faster than Kevin Benavides and won another stage. In the overall standings the Frenchman could celebrate an emotional victory, having his family right beside him. 2020 Dakar winner Ricky Brabec was 6th in stage 4 and José Ignacio Cornejo 11th.
The 2022 season is over and FIM has already announced the 2023 calendar. The start will be once again in Saudi Arabia with the Dakar Rally (31/12 – 15/01), followed by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (25/02 – 02/03), two new entries – Sonora Rally in Mexico (22-28/04) and Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina (26/08-01/09) – and finally the last stop will be at Rallye du Maroc (12-18/10).
|1||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||09h58m48s|
|2||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||10h02m02s|
|3||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||10h05m25s|
|4||Santolino Lorenzo||15||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||10h11m43s|
|5||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||10h14m10s|
|8||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||10h19m10s|
|11||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||10h41m31s|