The Dakar Rally
The first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge wound up in Qsar Al Sarab, at the gateway to the great erg in the southern region of the country, after a vertiginous day that included 290 km against the clock and considerable dangers. The stage was also marked by the relentless, blistering temperatures that accompanied the riders throughout the interminable Liwa dunes.
Paulo Goncalves took third place on the first day of dunes and soaring temperatures at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with Joan Barreda finishing fourth.
As it had been Joan Barreda who claimed victory in yesterday’s Super Special, he was able to choose the starting order and decided to set off from last position of the 54 participants in the bike category. Barreda set about overtaking as many riders as possible, although in the end he finished in fourth place with a deficit of several minutes from the eventual winner.
Team-mate and reigning world champion Paulo Goncalves, took third showing good consistency throughout, without wanting to take any excessive risks. Hélder Rodrigues experienced some electric problems at the CP2 level and lost valuable time trying to repair a breakdown. He arrived in 23th position, 1 hour 37 minutes from the stage winner.
|1||Sam Sunderland (KTM) 03:29:47|
|2||Marc Coma (KTM) +00:00:34|
|3||Paulo Goncalves (Honda) +00:02:44|
|4||Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:05:05|
|5||Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +00:11:12|
|23||Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +01:37:29|
|1||Sam Sunderland (KTM) 03:31:52|
|2||Marc Coma (KTM) +00:00:35|
|3||Paulo Goncalves (Honda) +00:02:45|
|4||Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:05:.04|
|5||Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +00:11:13|
|23||Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +01:37:32|
Monday, April 7
Stage 2: Madinat Zayed - Moreeb
Liaison: 125,10 km Special Stage: 269,67 km Liaison: 92,89 km Total: 487,66 km