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Desafio Ruta 40 Rally

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June 19, 2013

Pizzolito leads Desafio Ruta 40 after third stage win

Stage 3: San Fernando del valle de Catamarca / Belén
Total stage: 713.29 km / Special stage: 466.17 km

TEAM HRC is celebrating its second victory of the 2013 Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina after Javier Pizzolito secured the first world championship cross country stage win of his career. Team-mate Helder Rodrigues rode another mistake-free race to come in fifth.

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Javier Pizzolito
Helder Rodrigueszoom
Javier Pizzolito

The third stage of the rally saw the competitors tackle 713.29 km from San Fernando del valle de Catamarca to Belén, including 247.12 km of liaison and a 466.17 km special stage. The soft and sandy terrain suited Pizzolito’s riding style perfectly and the Argentinean rider was able to bring his Honda CRF450 RALLY across the line in first place with a time of 6h 1'41. The victory places him at the top of the overall standings.

On the back of his stage win yesterday, Rodrigues put in another seamless performance to finish today’s race in fifth place, 11'32 behind his team-mate. He now lies fourth in the overall standings ahead of stage 4 tomorrow, which will see the rally head from Belén to Chilecito covering 394.41 km of liaison and a 586.73 km special stage.

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Helder Rodrigues
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Helder Rodrigues
#7 Javier Pizzolito:
"I am so happy to win today! It's my first world championship stage victory so it means a lot to me and I’m really pleased to continue the team’s winning streak after Rodrigues’s performance yesterday. I felt in control throughout the stage and even though I had a small crash, I was still able to win, so perhaps without that the margin would have been even greater"
#3 Helder Rodrigues:
"I was comfortable today. I didn’t make any mistakes, so that’s positive. The bike is great and performed really well in the soft, sandy conditions during today’s stage. Congratulations to Javier for the win"
Martino Bianchi - General Manager TEAM HRC Rally:
"It's been another great day for TEAM HRC and we are so pleased for Javier. The terrain was perfect for him today and he was able to use that to his advantage. It was also another solid performance from Rodrigues, who again made no mistakes. The CRF450 RALLY is performing very well and as a whole team we're very happy"

Desafio Ruta 40 Special stage 3 results 

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) 5h 59’41
2 Francisco Lopez + 5’46
3 Paulo Goncalves (Speedbrain Honda) + 7’10
4 Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 11’32
5 David Casteu (Yamaha) + 12’37

Overall Standing

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) 11h 00’53
2 Paulo Goncalves (Speedbrain Honda) + 3’51
3 Francisco Lopez (KTM) + 4’01
4 Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 6’09
5 Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 11’23
6 David Casteu (Yamaha) + 12’31
7 Marc Coma (KTM) + 14’51

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