Van Beveren keeps the lead with Quintanilla close

Van Beveren keeps the lead with Quintanilla close

01.03.2023: 2023 World Rally Raid Championship Round WORLD2 The second day of the marathon stage is completed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Monster Energy Honda Team keeps the overall lead. In a Special Stage 266 kilometers long, Pablo Quintanilla



2023 World Rally Raid Championship   Round WORLD2




The second day of the marathon stage is completed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Monster Energy Honda Team keeps the overall lead. In a Special Stage 266 kilometers long, Pablo Quintanilla was the first on the chronograph but his stage win was lost after a two minutes penalty.



In this circuit in the Empty Quarter around Qasr Al Sarab, José Ignacio Cornejo was the second fastest among the team, with a 4th place that was enough to secure his 4th overall. Adrien Van Beveren followed Nacho in the 5th place and maintained his status in the top standings, leading the race in front of Pablo Quintanilla for just 43 seconds!
Still recovering from his Dakar crash, American Ricky Brabec made today the best 7th time – finishing the day in the 8th overall position.



Tomorrow’s Stage 4 will keep the circuit style around Qasr Al Sarab but in a longer way. Special stage will be 308 kilometers long – added by a liaison of 149 km. The landscape and terrain will remain the same, with most of the day to race on big dunes and sand tracks.   
    
    

    
Ruben Faria
General Manager


“Today all our riders did once again a great job. Nacho was opening the track leaving in second place, being able to do a very consistent and fast stage. All riders still have the chance to win or get a podium position. They are for sure on the right path, but we still have a lot of kilometers to race.


We have to look at the race on a day by day basis, being able to be consistent and cautious. Also happy with our Honda CRF 450 Rally performance and reliability. We have to keep the focus for these two last days like we did so far.”         

    
       
    
Pablo Quintanilla  7


“The second part of the marathon stage was good for me, since I was able to keep a strong pace. I am happy with the outcome and to see how our team is performing here in these very demanding terrain in Abu Dhabi, so now let’s continue with all our determination in the last two stages.”         

    
       
    
José Ignacio Cornejo  11


“Stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is completed. I started in second opening the track and I did my best to get as much bonus as possible.

I was riding almost all day with Luciano and then Skyler joined us too. This was another solid day in the dunes, we did a good job. Now we have just two more days to go and I will fight until the end for the best result. ”         



    
       
Adrien Van Beveren  42


“It was difficult today, I did not have much visibility because of the weather. At the beginning it all looked the same. It was not so easy but we did a good job. We gave our best on the second day of the marathon stage and I am happy about that.


Also glad that my Honda CRF 450 Rally was always reliable during this tough stage. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is a very physical and demanding race so now I have to rest and focus on the last two days. ”         

    
       

Ricky Brabec  2


“The team is doing an excellent job in this Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. During this stage I felt quite sore and this was difficult. That is why I am not risking so much, not jumping in the big dunes. My teammates up in front are a lot more committed than I am doing an amazing job. Now let’s keep it together and make it to the end.”         

    


       
Rider Standings
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 3


1    VAN BEVEREN Adrien     42    FRA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    10:55:02
2    QUINTANILLA Pablo     7    CHI    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    10:55:45
3    PRICE Toby     18    AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    10:57:58
4    CORNEJO José Ignacio     11    CHI    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    10:58:02
5    HOWES Skyler     10    USA    Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    11:00:07
6    EVAN BRANCH Ross     16    BWA    Hero Motorsports Team Rally    Hero    11:00:56
7    BENAVIDES Luciano     77    ARG    Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    11:01:22
8    BRABEC Ricky     2    USA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    11:02:59
9    KLEIN Mason     43    USA    BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM    KTM    11:11:01
10    LUCCI Paolo     46    ITA    Solarys Racing    Husqvarna    11:30:47
    
    


    
 Monster Energy Honda Team, also photos
    

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