Hero MotoSports Team Rally stays in top 5 at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2023

28.02.2023: Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters - Hero MotoCorp, has continued its steady performance at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2023. Ross Branch’s confident run today places


Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters - Hero MotoCorp, has continued its steady performance at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2023.
 


Ross Branch’s confident run today places him in the top-5 overall positions, at the 5th place.



Ross finished stage 2 in the 7th place, just under 4 minutes behind the stage winner. Having opened the stage in the 3rd position, the Botswanan took a measured ride avoiding mistakes in the stage. He lost time early on in the stage, but eventually finished well within the top-10 spots.


Stage 2 in the Liwa desert continued to pose dangerous challenges to the competitors. The 365 km run around Qasr Al Sarab featured occasional climbs mixed with dramatic descents, and dune ranges that were difficult to navigate through.



Several dangerous drop offs and the soft sand forced the riders to ride with much caution, considering today was a Marathon stage, where service from assistance crews is not allowed.
 


Up next is yet another loop around Qasr Al Sarab, where the combination of sand and dunes challenge riders with high fuel consumption. This third stage will include a timed special of 266 kms and about 40 kms in liaisons, in 100% desert conditions.



Ross Branch:
“In the morning I started off way too slowly, being a little nervous about the drop offs and broken dunes, and ended up losing a lot of time. But overall it went well, and I’m here in good shape. It was a marathon stage, so it's good to have brought the bike back in one piece.



I'm healthy, and looking forward to the next 3 days of racing. A big thank you to the team - the bike was running incredibly well, and I'm really happy at the moment.”




Provisional Rankings – Stage 2 (Rally GP Class)


1. Luciano Benavides, Husqvarna Factory Racing, 3h 24m 50s
2. Ignacio Cornejo, Monster Energy Honda Team, + 1m 17s
3. Skyler Howes, Husqvarna Factory Racing, + 1m 44s
7. Ross Branch, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, + 3m 59s



Provisional Overall Standings after Stage 2 (Rally GP Class)


1. Adrien Van Beveren, Monster Energy Honda Team, 7h 10m 30s
2. Pablo Quintanilla, Monster Energy Honda Team, + 1m 30s
3. Luciano Benavides, Husqvarna Factory Racing, + 3m 27s
5. Ross Branch, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, + 3m 54s
 
 

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