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.