Sonoran Rally 2020 Overview & Results

Stage One of the Sonoran Rally had Skyler Howes(USA)(KTM) on top of the podium with a time of 2:23:33.  5 Time Baja 1000 Champion, Colton Udall(USA)(Honda) came in second. From the beginning it looked as though these two Pro’s would have the race locked down, but it’s a five day race and a lot can happen.  The 2019 Sonora Rally Winner, and 2020 Dakar Champion Ricky Brabec(USA)(Honda) experienced difficulties with 13 minutes in speed penalties, a gate delay, and other issues that left him in 3rd place in Stage One. WIthout the 13 minute penalty Barbec would have had a first place finish in Stage One.  Mason Klein(KTM) had technical difficulties forcing him to forfeit his bid for a podium finish. But wait for it!

Stage One: Top Five Finishers:

  • 1st Skyler Howes (KTM)
  • 2nd Colton Udall (Honda)
  • 3rd Ricky Brabec (Honda)
  • 4th M Sutherland (KTM)
  • 5th D Bartolucci (Honda)

Bill Conger #9 captures 5th on Stage 2 of the Sonora Rally 2020
Photo: Sonora Rally 2020

Stage Two of the Sonoran Rally 2020 had the racers dealing with heavy rains. The bad weather forced the stage to be cut in half. Ricky Barbec(Honda) seized the day and finished 7 minutes in front of S. Howes with a time of 2:32.15. While R. Brabec gained time, Howes still held the overall lead. In third, 18 year old Mason Klien(KTM) was only 12 minutes behind Barbec on one of the most grueling days of the 5 day race.

Stage Two: Top Five Finishers:

  • 1st Ricky Brabec (Honda)
  • 2nd Skyler Howes (KTM)
  • 3rd Mason Klein (KTM)
  • 4th Colton Udall (Honda)
  • 5th Bill Conger (KTM)

Mike Johnson takes 4th on Stage 3 of the Sonora Rally 2020
Photo by Justin W. Coffey | WESTx1000

Stage Three of the Sonoran Rally 2020 from Caborca, Sonora Mexico to Puerto Penasco, Sonora Mexico dealt with more rain issues. Organizer Darren Skilton and team started the stage earlier than posted. But the rain once again forced the stage to be shortened. Stage 3 saw Brabec take second and Howes take the top spot, And again with only a 1 minute penalty, Klein took third.

Stage Three: Top Five Finishers:

  • 1st Skyler Howes (KTM)
  • 2nd Ricky Brabec(Honda)
  • 3rd Mason Klein (KTM)
  • 4th Mike Johnson (KTM)
  • 5th Colton Udall (Honda)

#2 Skyler Howes pulls down 2nd Place in Stage 4
Photo: Sonora Rally 2020

Stage Four resulted in Brabec taking first and Howes in second. And once again we saw another stellar ride by the 18 year old on the KTM Mason Klein. Stage Four took racers thru the Gran Desierto de Altar Sand Dunes. This is the largest sand dune complex in North America. Howe was not thrilled about leading the 4th stage of the race through the dunes.

Stage Four: Top Five Finishers:

  • 1st Ricky Brabec (Honda)
  • 2nd Skyler Howes (KTM)
  • 3rd Mason Klein (KTM)
  • 4th Bill Conger (KTM)
  • 5th Wes VanNieuwenhuise (790 KTM Adventure Bike)

#1 Ricky Brabec Team Honda does it again! Your 2020 Sonora Rally Overall Champion
Photo by Steve Green | 
WESTx1000

Stage Five again had Brabec in the top spot again with Howes right behind him. Again in 3rd place, four stages in a row was the 18 year old first time Sonora Rally Racer Mason Klein. While Brabec and Howes battled it again in 2020, just like 2019, they for sure have had to take notice of Klien in their back mirror.

Stage Five: Top Five Finishers:

  • 1st Ricky Brabec (Honda)
  • 2nd Skyler Howes (KTM)
  • 3rd Mason Klein (KTM)
  • 4th Colton Udall (Honda)
  • 5th Wes VanNieuwenhuise (790 KTM Adventure Bike)

Photo: Boyd Jaynes/Sonora Rally 

Overall Results Motorcycle:

  • 1st Ricky Brabec(Honda)
  • 2nd Skyler Howes(KTM)
  • 3rd Bill Conger(KTM)
  • 4th Wes VanNieuwenhuise (790 KTM Adventure Bike)
  • 5th Mike Johnson (KTM)
  • 17th Mason Klein(KTM)
  • Date: March 27, 2020
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