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Joan Barreda claimed the overall win in the second edition of the Andalucía Rally, while Pablo Quintanilla, on his team debut, took third overall, with an impressive victory in the rally’s final special.
The second edition of the Andalucía Rally is over, with Monster Energy Honda Team maintaining their dominance. Joan Barreda won the overall race, inheriting the title that the squad had previously clinched in the first edition in Villamartín last year.
The Andalucía Rally concluded with riders tackling a tough first special over winding, slippery sections, and later, some very rutted ground that had been churned up by the previous days’ racing. Pablo Quintanilla turned out to be the winner of the total 185-kilometre special. The new Monster Energy Honda Team signing couldn’t have got his maiden rally off to a better start. Furthermore, the Chilean rider was able to consolidate a brilliant third final position, a fantastic result after his first kilometres astride the Evans cooled Honda CRF450 RALLY.
Joan Barreda opened the track with breakneck pace keeping his main rivals firmly in check throughout the race. It was certainly no easy stroll for the Spanish rider who was forced to stay focused at all times, especially in the sections where the route re-covered the terrain which had been broken up by the previous days of racing. Barreda, who was only outpaced by team-mate Quintanilla on the day, eventually went on to claim the title of overall Andalucía Rally winner for 2021.