Monster Energy Honda Team got the 2017 Baja Aragón off to a flying start with Joan Barreda romping home in first place and team-mate Michael Metge, third in the curtain-raising event.
Joan Barreda – his Honda CRF450 emblazoned with the number one – scorched his way through the short nine-kilometre prologue to clinch victory with a six second advantage over the nearest second-place rival.
Michael Metge, who had finished third overall last year, also kept up a cracking pace on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, posting third on the day some fifteen seconds behind his Monster Energy Honda Team companion.
Tomorrow will see two special sectors with a total of 350 kilometres to run.
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap 1 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team 4’54.4 2 CERVANTES Iván SPA Himoinsa Team +5.9 3 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +15.3 4 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +20.5 5 SOLÀ Marc SPA Himoinsa Team +27.3 6 ADRIÀ David SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO +29.0 7 METGE Adrien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +33.5 8 ESPAÑA Cristian AND Team CE Rally +35.8 9 ARANA Txomin SPA GOR Sport +35.8 10 ASENSIO Héctor SPA Asensio Racing Team +38.9