The Dakar Rally
Team HRC rider Helder Rodrigues’ stage stopped at km 58 today when he was opening the track with an 11 minute margin when his Honda CRF 450 Rally developed a fuel problem.
The Portuguese rider began today with an 11-minute overall lead at the halfway stage of the rally having won Monday’s opening stage and finishing in an impressive second place yesterday after stopping to help the injured Marc Coma. Helder will take the start of the 5th stage tomorrow and will continue testing the new CRF 450 RALLY aiming to be 100% ready for the Dakar 2013, which remains the main target for TEAM HRC.
Fellow-TEAM HRC rider, Felipe Zanol, made up for the disappointment of Rodrigues by claiming third place in today’s demanding stage, just 4’19 behind Jakub Przygonski who claimed todays’ stage, ahead of Despres and Zanol. The Brazilian sits now in fourth place overall.
Sam Sunderland finished seventh, a problem with the GPS prevented him from giving his best on a fast and demanding 250 km stage. A navigation mistake slowed Javier Pizzolito down. He then regrouped with team mate Johnny Campbell until the end of the stage, finishing respectively in 19th and 17th position.
The Stage. Liaison: 65 kms – selective sector: 250 kms – Liaison: 97 kms
The 4th Stage sees the riders tackling 250 kms of fast tracks, mainly off “piste” through sandy oued and dry lake beds, before technical tracks with difficult navigation in the vegetation until the arrival. The Morocco Rally had never gone through Chegaga this way with fast new tracks to avoid the rocks.
|3||Zanol (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|8||Sunderland (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|17||Campbell (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|19||Pizzolito (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|4||Zanol (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|7||Sunderland (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|13||Pizzolito (Honda – TEAM HRC)|
|18||Campbell (Honda – TEAM HRC)|