april 19, 2017 - Honda Racing

Monster Energy Honda Team get the Qatar Rally underway

A curtain-raising Super Special at the Losail Circuit got the second round of the #fimcrosscountryralliesworldchampionship off and running. Monster Energy #honda Team participate with Paulo Gonçalves and #kevinbenavides.

A short, but nonetheless spectacular special stage of just less than five kilometres in the area surrounding the Losail circuit got the #qatar Rally underway today. A very compact and rocky track required a mix of aggression and prudence in equal measures as competitors battled to stay on their bikes.

Argentinean rider #kevinbenavides, still fighting to overcome a right wrist injury was one of the first to tackle the unknown track and rode a swift race to score one of the day’s better times on the #honda #crf450rally. The rider who hails from Salta, Argentina posted fifth fastest on the day. Monster Energy #honda Team co-rider Paulo Gonçalves finished behind Kevin, who came home two seconds ahead of the Portuguese rider.

Tomorrow, the first full stage attend. Riders can look forward to a long second special stage with 334 km against the clock. Expect heavy navigation on a rocky ride through the desert, which will include a final section of dunes in the south eastern area of the #qatar peninsula. 

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