DAKAR 2023: PROLOGUE RESULTS

The 2023 Dakar Rally has begun! A 13km Saturday prologue track on the shores of the Red Sea determined the starting positions for Sunday’s more challenging 368km timed special stage with a total of 603 competitors in 355 vehicles racing mostly in less than 10 minutes to launch the race. Today’s best finishers get the luxury of picking their own start positions for Sunday, where a late start will be an advantage. Beyond that a system of time bonuses is now in place to reward the riders who ‘open the road’ on each stage. The bonus sections are in place during the first 200km of the timed special stage. It will be possible for a rider to have a total of five minutes deducted from their daily time if they lead the way throughout the opening 200km. It’s a huge prize to aim for, but also comes with a massive amount of risk – with no tracks to follow the chances of getting lost is bound to increase.

Toby Price (AUS) for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the Dakar 2023 Sea Camp Bivouac, Saudi Arabia on December 30, 2022. // Flavien Duhamel / Red Bull Content Pool /

Former champion Toby Price won for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team with Australian countryman Daniel Sanders in second spot. Ricky Brabec was in 11th and was the first of the 12 Americans to finish.

Ricky Brabec: “With my result I am still able to choose my starting order, so I am a lot happier than I was in the last two years when I had to start in the front. It was only 13 km but it was important. Our team is healthy and strong to fight back in the days to come.”

Ricky Brabec

Stage number one will keep the caravan still at the Sea Camp bivouac for one more day, but playtime is over as the rally starts to unfold. A special stage of 369 km plus a 235 of liaison will make the day, with sandy tracks followed by stony sections with a fair bit of gravel. So it’s time to test everybody’s dune-surfing abilities in the final stretch. The day won’t be particularly challenging, but will for sure be a chance to find the right rhythm and balance.

Ross Branch

PROLOGUE
1 (AUS) TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM 00H 08′ 22”
2 (AUS) DANIEL SANDERS RED BULL GASGAS + 00H 00′ 01”
3 (BWA) ROSS BRANCH HERO 00H + 00H 00′ 09”
4 (ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT JB TEAM + 00H 00′ 09”
5 (ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM+ 00H 00′ 09”
6 (PRT) JOAQUIM RODRIGUES HERO + 00H 00′ 10”
7 (AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM + 00H 00′ 11”
8 (DEU) SEBASTIAN BÜHLER HERO 00H + 00H 00′ 11”
9 (ZAF) MICHAEL DOCHERTY HT HUSQVARNA + 00H 00′ 13”
10 (GBR) SAM SUNDERLAND RED BULL GASGAS + 00H 00′ 13”
11 (USA) RICKY BRABEC MONSTER ENERGY HONDA + 00H 00′ 14”
12 (CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA MONSTER ENERGY HONDA + 00H 00′ 16”
13 (PRT) ANTONIO MAIO FRANCO SPORT YAMAHA + 00H 00′ 17”
14 (SVK) STEFAN SVITKO CROSS TEAM + 00H 00′ 19”
15 (ARG) LUCIANO BENAVIDES HUSQVARNA FACTORY + 00H 00′ 20”
16 (ESP) TOSHA SCHAREINA BAS KTM + 00H 00′ 20”
17 (FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN MONSTER ENERGY HONDA + 00H 00′ 20”
18 (USA) MASON KLEIN BAS KTM + 00H 00′ 20”
39 (USA) SKYLER HOWES HUSQVARNA FACTORY + 00H 00′ 39”
46 (USA) JACOB ARGUBRIGHT DUUST RALLY TEAM + 00H 00′ 45”
56 (USA) PABLO COPETTI DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS + 00H 00′ 56”
74 (USA) PAUL NEFF ARO + 00H 01′ 05”
103 (USA) PETR VLCEK DETYENS RACING + 00H 01′ 39”
104 (USA) LAWRENCE ACE NILSON DUUST RALLY TEAM + 00H 01′ 39”
105 (USA) DAVID PEARSON ARO + 00H 01′ 40”
119 (USA) KYLE MCCOY ARO + 00H 01′ 57”
133 (USA) JAMES PEARSON ARO + 00H 02′ 39”
135 (USA) MORRISON HART ARO + 00H 02′ 40”

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