Adrien Van Beveren & Monster Energy Honda Team wins Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2023
2023 World Rally Raid Championship Round WORLD2
ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN TAKES THE GOLD
Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren is the winner of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, after the conclusion of the race today. This was the second victory of this rider for the Monster Energy Honda Team, since Adrien also won last year the Andalucia Rally. Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo was fourth overall just two seconds away from the podium and American Ricky Brabec finished in 7th place.
With this outcome, Van Beveren gets into second position in the World Rally Raid Championship ranking with 42 points – just four behind the present leader.
The fifth and last stage from the rally made the connection between Qasr Al Sarab and Abu Dhabi with a Special Stage of 206 kilometers long added by a liaison of 164 km. José Ignacio Cornejo was today the best rider of the team with a second place (2:12 minutes gap), while Van Beveren was 5th (3:22 minutes gap) and Ricky Brabec was 6th (4:35 minutes gap).
In the Manufacturers ranking from the World Rally Raid Championship – where the brand is the defending World Champion – Honda is now in second place with 75 points, nine points from the leader and still with many points to conquer in the three races that complete this year’s calendar.
Now the championship will be on stand-by until the end of April. The third race of this year’s calendar is a first run – the Mexico Sonora Rally (22-28 April). Until then, Monster Energy Honda Team will keep the focus on the intense preparation for this next race, always thinking ahead of a major goal: the Dakar Rally.
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 5