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PABLO QUINTANILLA MOVES INTO CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER WRAPS UP THE DESAFIO RUTA 40 BY CLAIMING A SOLID FOURTH OVERALL

Pablo Quintanilla has moved to the top of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship standings after claiming a fourth-place overall result at the Desafio Ruta 40 rally in Argentina. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider now enjoys a four-point advantage over his closest rival with one race still to be contested this season. 

Successfully battling through a very tough week of rally racing in northern Argentina, Pablo brought his FR 450 Rally machine home safely, securing a strong fourth in the Desafio Ruta 40 rally’s final overall standings. With his highlight being a runner-up result the Chilean earned on stage three, he wrapped up his week-long adventure by finishing seventh on the rally’s fifth and final stage. 

Securing the championship lead in Argentina, Pablo got one step closer to successfully defending his FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title. After a short and well-earned break, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider will return to action at the fifth and final round of the 2017 series – the OiLibya Rally on October 4/10. 

Pablo Quintanilla: “I’m glad we have finished the Desafio Ruta 40, it turned out to be a pretty hard rally. It was a tough five stages of difficult navigation and off-piste riding. This wasn't my best rally, I am not too happy with my pace over the course of the event. The important thing is I am now leading the championship, which obviously puts me in a good position with only one round remaining. I will go home now to recover and then work on my fitness again for the final round in Morocco - hopefully there I can successfully defend my world title.”

2017 Desafio Ruta 40 – Stage 5 Provisional Classification 
1. Michael Metge (Honda) 2:16:12 
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 2:19:57 
3. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 2:20:18 
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 2:21:34 
5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 2:21:54 
6. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) 2:22:13 
7. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 2:22:43 

2017 Desafio Ruta 40 – Final Overall Classification 
1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 19:13:24 
2. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) 19:26:16 
3. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 19:54:14 
4. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 20:10:28 
5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 20:16:19 
6. Martin Duplessis (KTM) 21:10:58

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