Team HRC riders bounced back, after the misfortunes of yesterday, with a fierce attack on day two of the Atacama Rally, the fifth race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Paulo Gonçalves took victory on the day.
After an unfavourable start to the Atacama Rally yesterday, Team HRC went on the offensive in both parts of today’s stage. The first leg played out over some 90 kilometres of fast track through a dried-up riverbed requiring very nifty navigational skills. After refuelling there were 120 kilometres of full throttle down dusty paths that called for far less navigation.
It was Team HRC’s Paulo Goncalves who had notched up the day’s quickest time as the riders made it to the finish-line. Paulo put on a fine display of riding prowess in spite of having to navigate in the midst of the cloud of dust churned up by the riders ahead. By the end, the rider had muscled his Honda CRF450 RALLY into first position. Paulo climbs several places to eleventh on the overall scoreboard.
Jeremías Israel set off looking to make up for lost time. This proved to be his undoing in the first part of the day given the difficulty of finding some of the hard-to-reach waypoints at top speed. By race end Team HRC’s Chilean rider had finished in eighth, 17’22 behind his winning team-mate.
Tomorrow, the third stage of the rally will be disputed in the Atacama loop. The route starts and finishes at the bivouac and will include 236 kilometres of timed special.
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||2:23'44|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 0'10|
|3||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 3'16|
|4||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 4'31|
|5||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 5'50|
|6||Gouet Daniel||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 14'44|
|7||Meo Antoine||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 15'16|
|8||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 17'22|
|9||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 21'55|
|10||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 30'06|
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:08'25|
|2||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 1'13|
|3||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 1'15|
|4||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 1'32|
|5||Meo Antoine||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 15'15|
|6||Gouet Daniel||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 20'03|
|7||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 20'17|
|8||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 37'57|
|9||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 50'22|
|10||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 50'45|
|11||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 55'53|
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