Chucky wins Sonora Rally Stage Two to maneuver into outright lead

2023 Sonora Rally, Mexico
Stage Two

Shortened to only 162 kilometres and delayed for an hour resulting from security causes, stage two of the 2023 Sonora Rally nonetheless posed a sizeable problem to all opponents. That includes quick, damaged tracks and a bit of dunes on the best way to Puerto Peñasco, the stage was as lovely because it was demanding.

Purple Bull GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing’s Daniel Sanders had tons to be pleased with on the finish of the second full day of racing because the Aussie charger topped the day’s timesheets to say victory and transfer into the provisional general rally lead.

Among the many first riders into in the present day’s shortened particular stage, Sanders managed to trip his method by way of the opening 40-50-kilometres with none troubles, earlier than discovering his rhythm, and dodging the native wildlife! Head down and mistake free, Chucky topped the provisional leads to a time of 1 hour and 28 minutes, multiple minute forward of his closest challenger Tosha Schareina.

Second on stage one and now winner on stage two, Sanders holds the provisional general rally lead, simply 21 seconds forward of Schareina.

Daniel Sanders

Yeah it was a very good day for me. I began second, managed to get by way of the opening kilometers okay, however there have been some sketchy locations on the market. So I used to be simply happy that I didn’t crash, and received by way of to some good flowing tracks. I used to be simply making an attempt to not make any errors and trip easy. I nearly hit a cow at about 140 kilometres an hour, and likewise noticed a number of actually massive snakes, so it was an eventful stage. I received a very good end result and averted any cactuses, so all good for me.

Daniel Sanders

Frustratingly for Chucky’s GASGAS Workforce, it was something however a very good day for defending rally world champion Sam Sunderland, because the Brit crashed out of each the stage and the occasion early on within the day’s shortened particular stage! At kilometre 24, Sunderland crashed when he overshot a brilliant high-speed proper flip, plowing right into a washed-out part of observe and falling from his GASGAS RX 450F. Banged up, shaken up, and lucky to flee severe harm, Sam was rapidly again on his ft however out of the occasion.

Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Toby Worth fought again from his day one disappointment to position fourth quickest on Tuesday’s stage two of the Sonora Rally. After a navigational mistake value him dearly on the opening day, Toby Worth knew he needed to push arduous to remain in competition on day two. Second quickest on time for a lot of the stage, Toby misplaced out barely when the time bonuses had been awarded to the highest three riders who had opened the stage. Regardless of that, Worth positioned fourth, just below three minutes behind the provisional chief and now sits ninth general within the provisional standings with three days left to race.

Toby Worth

It was a very good stage, I’m happy with my pace on the market, it was simply all actually quick with little in the best way of navigation. Not one of the best stage to start out behind and attempt to make up time, however I gave it my all and I’m happy to make the end protected and in a single piece. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Toby Worth

Struggling a crash early on within the timed particular at round kilometre 18, Skyler Howes was compelled to withdraw from the stage with a shoulder harm. The 2022 Sonora Rally winner will sadly play no additional half on this 12 months’s occasion.

Sonora Rally opponents have an additional three days of competitors forward of them earlier than they end at San Luis Stadium on Friday afternoon (Saturday morning our time). On Wednesday racers will trip a 347 kilometre loop.

2023 Sonora Rally
Stage Two Provisional Classification
  1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 1:28:08
  2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 1:29:23
  3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 1:30:26
  4. Toby Worth (KTM) 1:31:07
  5. Ross Department (Hero) 1:32:18
  6. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:32:297
  7. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 1:33:01
  8. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:33:30
    10. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 1:33:49
2023 Sonora Rally
Provisional General Classification after Stage Two
  1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 3:46:59
  2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 3:47:20
  3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:51:15
  4. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 3:51:55
  5. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:53:48
  6. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:54:049.

    9. Toby Worth (KTM) 3:56:01
    10. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:56:43