The Dakar Rally
Stage 2: Erfoud
Total stage: 251 km / Special stage: 238 km
The success of TEAM HRC and their Honda CRF450 RALLY continues as the team commands more African raids. The second stage of the Merzouga Rally saw Helder Rodrigues and Sam Sunderland take the first two places in the stage, and likewise the top two positions in the overall standings.
In the short prologue stage of yesterday that opened the Merzouga Rally, both Helder Rodrigues and Sam Sunderland thought that it was preferable to start from further back on this the second day of racing. The rally itself was a long and technical ride with some truly tricky orientation points that really put the riders' navigational skills to the test.
Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues set off from 28th position this morning, and was able to get the best out of his Honda CRF450 RALLY against the clock in the 200 kilometers special. Finishing some two minutes ahead of TEAM HRC team-mate, Sam Sunderland. The British rider's second place finish pays tribute to his continually improving navigational skills. Both riders are on top of the standings of the Merzouga Rally.
|1||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) 3h 11'56|
|2||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) + 01'46|
|3||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) + 04'55|
|4||Gerard Farrés (GAS GAS) + 19'13|
|5||Jordi Viladoms (GAS GAS) + 21'41|
|1||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) 3h 15'06|
|2||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) + 01'28|
|3||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) + 05'01|
|4||Farres Guell Gerard (GAS GAS) + 18'49|
|5||Jordi Viladoms (GAS GAS) + 21'09|