The Monster Energy Honda Team, led by the Algarve Ruben Faria, leads the two-wheel category after the third stage of the mythical race in Saudi Arabia.
At the end of the third stage, which covered 1,113 kms out of a total of 5,116 kms of specials, Honda has four top-five riders, a situation that is not conclusive, it is nonetheless a stimulating fact for the natural director of Moncarapacho, in the municipality of Olhão.
In first place, Ricky Brabec (USA) – Honda leads with a total time of 10:39:04, followed by Kevin Benavides (Arg) – Honda with 4m43s and Mathias Walkner (Aut) – KTM with 6m02s. In 4th place is Juan Barreda Bort (Esp) – Honda with 11m02s, followed by teammate José Inácio Cornejo (Esp) – Honda with 12m19s.
In 6th place comes Toby Price (Aus) – KTM, with 13m58s, followed by Luciano Benavides (Arg) – KTM, with another 14m20s. In 8th place is Pablo Quintanilla (Chl) – Husqvarna with another 15m40s, followed by Sam Sunderland (Grb) – KTM with another 17m10s, and Xavier de Soultrait (Fra) – Yamaha with 19m55s to close the top-tem.
Reference for the fifth member of the team led by the Algarve Ruben Faria, South African Aaron Mare, driver who replaced the Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves, who has not had a positive debut in the team, having suffered a crash in the first stage that led to his abandonment. .
With four Hondas in front, the question arises for a million: Is this how Honda has been able to achieve the dream it has been pursuing for so many years since its last win in 1989 with Gilles Lalay on an NXR800V?