The Dakar Rally
Stage 3 : Under the sun of Mahmid
Total stage: 413 km / Special stage: 240 km
Three stages of the Morocco Rally completed, and three wins for the Honda CRF450 RALLY in the bag. Joan Barreda came in first today and retakes top-spot on the overall leaderboard. TEAM HRC team-mate Sam Sunderland ran the fourth fastest time and Paulo Gonçalves finished sixth and is second in the overall standings.
Joan 'Bang Bang' Barreda once again proves that he’s a force to be reckoned with. The Spanish rider appeared to be at ease even on such a navigationally tricky stage as today’s. Erg Cheggaga and Lago Iriki gave him the chance to really put the Honda CRF450 RALLY through its paces. The rider from Castellón thus takes back the top position on the leaderboard. British rider Sam Sunderland too, was pleased to be back in the dunes, finishing in a fine fourth position which keeps him in fifth overall place after three days of racing.
Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves had his work cut out as he started the special from the front, but in spite of this was able to finish in good sixth place. Gonçalves is now second in the overall standings.
TEAM HRC has once again kept its components up in the top eight overall positions, with Argentine Javier Pizzolito putting in a fine performance in eighth place and Hélder Rodrigues ninth, penalized with an fifteen place start after an electrical problem yesterday, which saw him forced to overtake various riders amidst the heavy dust that they were generating.
|1||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) 2h 43'57|
|2||Chaleco López (KTM) +02'29|
|3||Jeremias Israel (SPEEDBRAIN) +04'39|
|4||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +04'43|
|5||Marc Coma (KTM) +06'17|
|6||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) +07'44|
|7||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +08'25|
|8||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +08'27|
|1||Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) 8h 03'44|
|2||Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) +07'27|
|3||Marc Coma (KTM) +07'41|
|4||Chaleco López (KTM) +10'52|
|5||Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +14'16|
|6||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) +22'04|
|55||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +10h 00'33|