All Monster Energy Honda Team riders are doing a great job at this year’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge! True specialists in the sand, they are leading the way in the demanding tracks of the Empty Quarter. The results from today’s stage 2 – Qasr Al Sarab – confirm this scenario, with some changes in the overall standings.
Adrien Van Beveren is the new leader and Pablo Quintanilla is second just one minute and 30 seconds away. They both had today the hard mission to open the track, doing a great performance that was key to keep the team’s dominance. Van Beveren was 5th with a 3 minutes and 9 seconds gap for the leader of the stage, while Quintanilla was 9th with a 6 minutes and 55 seconds delay. José Ignacio Cornejo was the fastest among the team, with a second place with just a gap of one minute and 17 seconds. Ricky Brabec is also showing signs of a good recovery from his Dakar crash and was today the fourth fastest rider.
Tomorrow’s Stage 3 will keep the same competitive scheme, with another tour around Qasr Al Sarab and many dunes and sand to race in the depths of the Empty Quarter. Special stage will be 266 kilometers long – added by a liaison of 37 km. This is a very demanding challenge for all riders, since they are racing in marathon mode – meaning they can’t count on the assistance and back up from the team.
Provisional Overall Standings after Stage 2
|1||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:10:30|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:12:00|
|3||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||07:13:57|
|4||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:13:58|
|5||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||07:14:24|
|6||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||07:14:29|
|7||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:15:37|
|8||Howes Skyler||10||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||07:16:19|
|9||Klein Mason||43||USA||BAS World KTM Racing Team||KTM||07:22:00|
|10||Lucci Paolo||46||ITA||BAS World KTM Racing Team||KTM||07:39:25|
The legendary UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross country rallies founded by Emirati Motorsport legend, former EMSO President and the new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem back in 1991, and over the years has seen many of the biggest names in international motorsport tackle the… read more.
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|2021||Matthias Walkner (KTM)|
|2019||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2018||Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)|
|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Toby Price (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Paulo Gonçalves (Honda)|