Monster Energy Honda Team double in Abu Dhabi, extending their world championship lead
The final stage of the rally, at just over 200 kilometres long, was a sprint finish with all the leading riders hoping to improve upon their positions. In the end, Ricky Brabec was able to make it onto the final podium in runner-up spot while Pablo Quintanilla finished third overall. Monster Energy Honda Team maintain and extend their lead in the world championship.
Ricky Brabec and Pablo Quintanilla both claimed places on the final Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge podium. On a blistering final special stage, it was make or break for the Monster Energy Honda Team riders, who went all out in a bid to make it onto the final rostrum.
Sam Sunderland set off with a starting position to his advantage with both Brabec and Quintanilla doing their utmost to beat him. By the end of the stage, Brabec had managed to make up time, posting second on the day while taking second place in the overall rankings too. Monster Energy Honda Team team-mate Pablo Quintanilla wrapped up the stage in third, one minute behind Brabec. José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo rounded out the team effort. He took seventh on the stage and finished in a corresponding position at the end of the rally. It turned out to be a troublesome rally for the young Chilean rider, after a crash yesterday, which made it all the more difficult to improve upon the final position.
The results of this second race of the Rally-Raid World Championship see Monster Energy Honda Team pull further away at the top of the overall team rankings. Is leading with 83 points, 20 more than the second. In the individual World Championship standings, Pablo Quintanilla remains second (46 points) and Ricky Brabec moves up the order into fourth (34 points).