Honda rider Brabeck opened the road in the 277km time section from Jeddah to Bisha following a short prologue stage victory on Saturday, but almost immediately suffered navigation problems as he fell for more than 13 minutes at the opening 37km. It was.
The situation didn’t improve for the American rider, who then completed the stage down in 25th place and fell 18 minutes and 32 seconds to KTM’s rival Price.
In 9th place in the prologue, Price took the lead from Xavier de Soultrait at 135km, finishing the stage with Honda’s Kevin Benavides in 31 seconds and taking a slender lead of 23 seconds in the overall class.
De Soultrait, who switched from Yamaha to the KTM sister brand Husqvarna in the 2021 edition, led the opening of 92 km on the first three waypoints, but couldn’t keep up with the pace and finished sixth in the finish. ..
KTM’s Matthias Walker took the final spot on the podium, just one second behind Benavidez (1 minute and 12 seconds behind the overall price), and Sam Sunderland became three KTM riders in the top four, two. It was minutes 03 seconds behind (4 minutes 11 seconds behind overall).
Lorenzo Santolino was an impressive 5th place for Sherco, while Yamaha’s top finisher on stage was Franco Caimi in 7th place, but he is in 6th place overall in the de Soultrait.
Like Brabeck, Joan Barreda (Honda) and Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) got off to a bad start in the campaign and also got lost early in the special.
Both lost about 15 minutes and were tentatively placed 19th and 22nd respectively.
Ranking after Stage 1 (Top 10):
Toby Price takes the lead and Ricky Brabeck struggles
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