The Dakar Rally
Stage 4: Belén / Chilecito
Total stage: 586.73 km / Special stage: 192.32 km
TEAM HRC riders Helder Rodrigues and Javier Pizzolito hold the top two places in the overall standings after today’s fourth stage of the Desafio Ruta 40 rally in Argentina.
After an early start this morning, with temperatures hovering just above freezing, Rodrigues was fifth fastest after a 586 km ride, with a 192 km special stage, from Belén to Chilecito. His team mate, Pizzolito, who won yesterday’s third stage, finished ninth, 12'50 behind today’s stage winner Marc Coma.
Pizzolito opened the stage at 06.10 this morning, which was conducted in the Fiambalá area of Argentina and contained some typical Dakar scenery of spectacular sand dunes, and the Argentinian rider made some small navigational errors which affected his time.
But it is the consistency of Rodrigues, together with the performance of his Honda CRF450 RALLY, that has put him at the top of the overall leader board, just 1'16 ahead of his TEAM HRC team-mate.
However, the results were overshadowed by the announcement that Argentinian rider, Nicolás Rojas, had succumbed to injuries sustained when he crashed heavily in today’s stage. The thoughts of TEAM HRC are with his family and friends in this difficult time.
|1||Marc Coma (KTM) 2h 56’25|
|2||Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 1’50|
|3||David Casteu (Yamaha) + 3’36|
|4||Claudio Rodrigues (Honda) + 4’38|
|5||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 5’25|
|9||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) + 12’50|
|1||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) 14h 08’52|
|2||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) + 1’16|
|3||Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 1’39|
|4||Francisco Lopez (KTM) + 2’11|
|5||Marc Coma (KTM) + 3’17|