The Dakar Rally
Stage 2 : From Jbel to Jbel
Total stage: 298 km / Special stage: 240 km
TEAM HRC continues to lead the Morocco Rally. In a 298 km second stage, including 240 against the clock, 'Speedy' Gonçalves carved out an amazing victory that places hims at the top of the leaderboard. The other TEAM HRC riders put in fine performances too, with Sam Sunderland third and Joan Barreda in fifth.
Another day, another type of rally. After the sand and dunes of yesterday's opening stage, today saw an entire day of rocky mountain terrain with a lot of navigation. Joan Barreda started out first and rode a fine race, although this allowed the other riders to follow his tracks and thus gain time. His colleague TEAM HRC rider Paulo Gonçalves, seemed at ease on his Honda CRF450 RALLY and kept up the consistency in the first leg, before pushing hard in the later stages. Around Zagora he was practically unbeatable. Gonçalves finds himself leading in the overall standings after two days of rally.
British rider Sam Sunderland also put in a fine performance, overcoming a slight navigational error early on in the special and finishing in third. Joan Barreda's fifth place leaves him behind Gonçalves in the overall standings. A good all-round team effort.
The tough rocky terrain suited much less Argentine Javier Pizzolito, who is looking forward again to the sand and dunes, where he hopes to better today's seventh place.
Finally, Hélder Rodrigues, who set out from fourth position suffered an electronic failure some fifteen km from the end of the stage.
|1||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) 2h 50'22|
|2||Marc Coma (KTM) +02'00|
|3||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +02'09|
|4||Chaleco López (KTM) +02'51|
|5||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) +03'45|
|7||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +06'52|
|70||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +9h 04'38|
|1||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) 5h 19'30|
|2||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) +00'17|
|3||Marc Coma (KTM) +01'41|
|4||Chaleco López (KTM) +08'40|
|5||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +09'50|
|6||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +13'56|
|63||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +9h 52'23|