Sturdy begin for Husqvarna at Sonora Rally 2023 • Whole Motorbike
SOLID OPENING STAGE FOR HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING AT 2023 SONORA RALLY
SKYLER HOWES PLACES SIXTH WHILE LUCIANO BENAVIDES FINISHES EIGHTH ON DEMANDING DAY ONE IN MEXICO
Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing’s Skyler Howes has received his Sonora Rally title defence off to a robust begin with a sixth-place end on stage one. Luciano Benavides, who’s using the occasion for the primary time, completed simply 16 seconds again from his teammate in eighth.
Setting off because the fifth rider into at the moment’s 170-kilometer timed particular, Howes fell foul of the identical tricky-to-navigate street e book word that resulted in lots of the main pack shedding time. Regardless of having to experience off-piste by the undergrowth, Skyler quickly received himself again on monitor and maintained a strong tempo to the end. In finishing the stage in sixth, the American will take pleasure in a robust begin place for Tuesday’s stage two.
Additionally shedding a few minutes early on, Benavides was in a position to regroup shortly and set off for the end line with out gifting away an excessive amount of time. The Argentinian felt proper at residence on the rocky tracks, regardless of the mud raised by these riders forward of him. Bringing his FR 450 Rally residence as eighth quickest, when mixed together with his wonderful efficiency on Sunday’s quick qualifying prologue, Luciano lies in provisional fifth general.
Skyler Howes: “At this time was actually quick. The navigation was fairly tough too, the entrance guys did a superb job however at round kilometre 50, we made a navigation mistake that price us all a while. It was only a massive flat space with loads of tracks to select from and we simply received on the flawed monitor, and in order that retains pushing you off track a bit of till you’ll be able to appropriate it. I attempted to compensate by using by the bushes, however there was loads of cactuses and greenery that slowed me up and so I received misplaced for a few minutes there. I rode fairly good, I’ve simply received to remain a bit of extra exact to ensure I don’t make any extra errors. At this time had loads of mud and it was actually slippery, so I’m wanting ahead to heading north and getting a bit extra sand. All in all, not a foul begin to my rally.”
Luciano Benavides: “It was a very good stage for me. My feeling on the bike was good and so I used to be in a position to sustain a robust tempo for the entire stage. It was slippery and dusty in locations, and I feel I made the same mistake to everybody else early on, however after that, I discovered my rhythm. My tempo was good, and I’ve received a robust begin place for day two. I’m wanting ahead to it.”
2023 Sonora Rally – Stage 1 Provisional Classification
1. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 1:33:25
2. Daniels Sanders (GASGAS) 1:33:31
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:34:06
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 1:34:31
5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 1:35:29
6. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 1:35:38
8. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:35:54
2023 Sonora Rally – Provisional General Classification [After Stage 1]
1. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 2:17:57
2. Daniels Sanders (GASGAS) 2:18:51
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 2:19:26
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 2:20:15
5. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:20:18
6. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 2:20:25
8. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 2:20:50