The third day of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally put Joan Barreda back on the top of the leader-board in what proved to be a great day out for Team HRC, imposing a cracking pace and taking the stage victory.
Qatar’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally thus arrives at its halfway point, and the riders of Team HRC are well placed among the race’s leaders. Joan Barreda set off from sixth place on the Honda CRF450 RALLY at a thundering rhythm, and with flawless navigation was able to reach and overtake the rivals ahead, crossing the line in Umm Sa’id for his second win so far. At 411.76 km, the special is the longest of those to be disputed here at the Sealine. The win sees Spanish rider Barreda once again back on the top of the overall standings, with all options open as the race goes into its final phase.
Hélder Rodrigues took fourth place, after a speedy start. Once he caught up with the leading group, he held his ground until the end, earning the Portuguese rider fifth overall place after three days.
For Paulo Gonçalves it was likewise a positive day in spite of a fifth place finish. We watched as Barreda was able to pull up to him. The reigning world champion and current leader of the world championship lies in fourth place, and will be fighting to improve on the position over the final two days.
Stage 4 – Umm Sa’id-Umm Sa’id
Liaison: 3.21km Special Stage: 404.18km Liaison: 3.52km
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||04:53'43|
|2||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+02'15|
|3||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+04'02|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+06'11|
|5||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+08'03|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10'09|
|7||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+27'21|
|8||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+01:02'22|
|9||Albalooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+01:04'30|
|10||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||+01:24'32|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3
|1||Albalooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+01:41'46|
|2||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+02:24'26|
|3||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+02:59'47|
|4||Villarrubia Julian||SPA||Poland National||Honda||+03:11'07|
|5||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+15'11|
|6||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+09'55|
|7||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'19|
|8||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+07'21|
|9||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+09'36|
|10||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||11:10'37|
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|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|