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Tosha Schareina Takes First FIM World Rally Raid Championship Round Win In Portugal

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Tosha Schareina took his first FIM World Rally Raid Championship round win at the 2024 Rally Raid de Portugal.

Spaniard Tosha Schareina is celebrating after the final stage of the Rally Raid de Portugal, a race that spanned over 1000 kilometres over 5 stages.

From day one of the second round of the 2024 FIM World Rally Raid Championship Schareina dominated the overall, securing his leadership position until the final day, where he was crowned champion with more than 4 minutes ahead of second-placed Sebastian Buhler.

The riders faced different types of challenging terrains in the Alentejo and Ribatejo regions of Portugal, where water and puddles were the protagonists of an exciting round.

Spanish rider Tosha Schareina demonstrated an exceptional level throughout the entire race, highlighting his skill and determination in each stage to take his first overall round victory.

“Final stage, we took home the victory. Super happy, super happy for my first victory in a world championship because a big part of the staff is Portuguese. Now it’s time to celebrate and think about the next one in Argentina,” Schareina said.

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Sebastian Buhler took his first podium position in an FIM World Rally Raid Championship with second overall

Sebastian Buhler took his first podium position in an FIM World Rally Raid Championship with second overall, which included a stage win. Having been raised in Portugal since he was 3 months old, Buhler had a good grasp of the topography of the region and was able to push hard through the demanding stages. Coming back strong from his Dakar 2024 crash, Buhler proved his strong mettle by finishing just 4 min 38 sec behind winner Schareina.

“I’m really happy with how the Rally went overall,” Buhler said. “It became quite difficult due to the continuous rains we had before the race. The stages were challenging for me, and even for the mechanics to keep the bike in good shape throughout the week. It was still good, as I like this terrain, and I could push hard due to my familiarity with the region. On the first day, I lost a bit of time due to a penalty, but I’m happy to have performed well overall. I think it was a good comeback after my Dakar crash earlier this year.”

Antonio Maio finished a further fourteen seconds back in third place.

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Adrien Van Beveren

Adrien Van Beveren, the final stage winner, also left an indelible impression with his outstanding performance throughout the competition, despite being penalised from the first day, limiting his chances of victory. With today’s victory, the Frenchman becomes the rider with the most stage wins in the W2RC World Championship, with no less than 13 victories, all of them with the Honda team.

“I’m happy with the day, I’m happy with the feeling riding the bike. The first day was spicy, but you have to think about the good things and I felt very good, the bike was amazing and I’m very motivated for Ruta 40 in Argentina,” Van Beveren said.

Skyler Howes, who suffered a crash went on to record a gutsy fifth place overall. Despite this setback, Howes demonstrated a remarkable spirit of achievement in completing the race.

“I knew it was going to be a difficult race for me because it’s very different to what I’m used to but I’m very happy with my performance and I had a good race and I was close to the podium. Unfortunately, I crashed again today, but I’m still here,” Howes said. “I love this team, I am so grateful for the opportunity, for riding alongside my teammates, super happy for Tosha’s victory and looking forward to the next one.”

Ross Branch finished sixth garnering enough points to retain the lead of the 2024 FIM World Rally Raid Championship.

“I enjoyed this whole week of riding here in this beautiful area of Portugal, and amidst hundreds of spectators every day,” Branch said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough in this terrain, and the competitors in the top order had a better pace. On Day 1 I had a really bad crash and it was quite difficult to continue in the race, but we came out well from the tough situation and finished decently well. A huge thank you to the team, and to everyone who supported us through this rough week. Looking forward to starting again from zero at the next race in Argentina, coming up in a month’s time.”

Next up in less than a month is the fourth round of the FIM World Rally Raid Championship – the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina.

Photo of 2024 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship rider Ross Branch
Ross Branch finished sixth overall but retained the 2024 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship lead.

Overall Standings after Stage 5 (Rally GP Class):
1 Tosha Schareina, Monster Energy Honda Team, 10h 01m 15s
2 Sebastian Buhler, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, + 4m 38s
3 Antonio Maio, Yamaha Racing, + 14m 12s
4 Adrien Van Beveren, Monster Energy Honda Team, + 14m 42s
5 Skyler Howes, Monster Energy Honda Team, + 17m 50s
6 Ross Branch, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, + 20m 19s

2024 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship Standings (After Round 3)
1 Ross Branch, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, 61 points
2 Adrien Van Beveren, Monster Energy Honda Team, 40 points
3 Ricky Brabec, Monster Energy Honda Team, 38 points

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