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Cycle News 2022 Issue 10 March 8

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Kevin Benavides. American Ricky Brabec was fourth on the day and is now sec- ond in the overall standings, four minutes and 23 seconds behind leader Kevin Benavides. "Day two was a good one," Brabec said. "A long, hot day. It was great. We're now here in the bivouac getting ready for tomor- row. The stage was long. I lost maybe five minutes ... [it] was really hot in the dunes. I made no mistakes but a couple of other people crashed. We capitalized on that, and we will go on the attack tomorrow. The team is in a great position and we're looking forward to tomorrow." Brabec's teammate Jose Igna- cio Cornejo is third overall, sitting just 40-plus seconds back. GasGas rider Sam Sunderland is another 40 seconds back in fourth and approximately another minute-and-a-half back is Hon- da's third rider Pablo Quintanilla. Luciano Benavides, Toby Price, who had a navigational issue early on and a crash during stage two, Stefano Caimi, Joaquim Rodrigues and Matthias Walkner round out the top 10 overall. "Day two is done now and it went okay," said Price. "I was making good progress up to around kilometer 140 where I had a bit of a crash. The bike landed on top of me and burned the inside of my arm, which isn't great, but other than that it was a pretty solid day. It's definitely a tough rally—the heat doesn't help—but I'm pleased with how things are going and I'm ready for day three." Stage three of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge— the second leg of the event's marathon stage—will see riders complete a total distance of 180 miles in a looped route from the bivouac at Hameem. Approxi- mately 160 miles will be raced against the clock. CN OVERALL (After 2 of 5 stages) 1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 7:58.48 2. Ricky Brabec (Hon) +4:23 3. Jose Ignacio (Hon) +5:05 4. Sam Sunderland (GG) +5:45 5. Pablo Quintanilla (Hon) +7:27 IN THE WIND P62 American Ricky Brabec is currently running second overall. He's one of three Honda riders in the top five.

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