40 C
Saturday, May 18, 2024



The 2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge kicks off with a 404-kilometre stage as riders leave their campsite in the city of Al Dhannah for Qasr Al Sarab in the Liwa Desert. After 59km of liaison, the riders plunged into their first special timing – a challenging 242km course made up of dunes and sand.

As the ninth driver to enter the stage, Toby Price took full advantage of his late start position, starting from the start. Toby moved up to third on time at km 39 and continued to attack throughout the special. Losing a few minutes in the final kilometers of the stage, partly as the lead rider’s bonus time kicked in, Price eventually took home his KTM 450 RALLY for fifth.

Combined with his first three finishes in the rally prologue, Toby was third going into day two – the first leg of the marathon stage of the event.

Toby Price: “Today was a good day – a bit different than what we’ve seen in the past at this event. Although the stage was fast, with lots of straights and some big gaps between the brims, there were some big gaps along the dunes. The dropouts, there were some surprises. There were a few that surprised me, so it meant it was hard to attack all the time because you didn’t know which rise was going to be cut. I felt good and the bike was doing well here, so We’ll keep going and hope tomorrow is another strong day.”

Provisional Results – 2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Phase 1

1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 3:00:15
2. Adrien Van Beveren (France), Honda, 3:02:15 +2:00
3. Ross Branch (BWA), Hero, 3:03:27 +3:12
4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 3:04:31 +4:16
5. Toby Price (Australia), KTM, 3:04:52 +4:37
Other KTMs
9. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 3:12:45 +12:30
10. Paolo Lucci (Italy), KTM, 3:14:07 +13:52


1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 3:40:15
2. Adrien Van Beveren (France), Honda, 3:42:31 +2:16
3. Toby Price (Australia), KTM, 3:45:32 +5:17
4. Ross Branch (BWA), Hero, 3:45:35 +5:20
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 3:47:51 +7:36
Other KTMs
9. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 3:53:49 +13:34
10. Paolo Lucci (Italy), KTM, 4:03:19 +23:04


Source link

Related Articles

UAE Revolutionizes Transportation: Abu Dhabi to Dubai in Just 30 Minutes by Flying Taxis

UAE: Soon, travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in just 30 minutes by flying taxis In a groundbreaking development for transportation infrastructure, the United Arab...

Etihad Launches Airbus A380 on Abu Dhabi-New York Route

Etihad Airbus A380 Debut: Transforming the Abu Dhabi-New York Route Etihad Airways, one of the leading airlines in the Middle East, has marked a significant...

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Maintains Strong Financial Performance in Q1 2024

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Continues Strong Performance in Q1 2024 In the fast-paced realm of global finance, few institutions stand out as consistently as Abu...

Abu Dhabi Welcomes World’s First ‘Healthy Living’ Island

Abu Dhabi Welcomes World's First 'Vitality Island' for Healthy Living Abu Dhabi, a global hub of innovation and progress, has once again captured international attention...

NASA’s Revealing Images of UAE’s Flooded Regions Post-Heavy Rains

NASA Unveils Aerial Views of UAE's Flooded Regions A "slow-moving storm" system unleashed unprecedented torrential rains across various parts of the Emirates, inundating the UAE...

Latest Articles