Today turned out to be a rough day for everyone, not least for yesterday’s stage winner Paulo Gonçalves, who finished the third stage of the Atacama Rally with a respectable time.
Team HRC were presented with a tough task today in a 240 kilometre Dakar-style desert trek in Atacama. The roadbook featured some arduous navigation as riders went in search of more than 60 waypoints.
Paulo Gonçalves had to contend with a pack of adversaries in hot pursuit over the Copiapó dunes. The rivals were attacking from the more favourable position of having the Portuguese out front opening the track. Paulo got the first special off to a fine start, setting a storming pace until kilometre 30 where he began to concede. Nevertheless, a notable effort meant that damage was limited by the time the riders finally crossed the finish-line.
Fellow Team HRC rider, Chilean Jeremías ‘Jere’ Israel, on a dual mission of honing navigational skills and clocking up the maximum mileage before the next Dakar, was also clearly starting to feel more at ease astride the Honda CRF450 RALLY.
The fourth date of the Atacama Rally will take the competitors to Huasco, with a total route of 378.44 kilometres including 273 against the clock.
Results Stage 3 - Updated by penalties
|1||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:11'12|
|2||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 6'33|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 9'18|
|4||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 10'18|
|5||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 12'01|
|6||Sunderland Sam||5||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 12'49|
|7||Gouet Daniel||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 13'08|
|8||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 14'18|
|9||Al Balooshi Mohammed||7||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 15'12|
|10||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 18'29|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3 - Updated by penalties
|1||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||6:33'10|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 00'45|
|3||Sunderland Sam||5||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 2'29|
|4||Gouet Daniel||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 19'38|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 23'32|
|6||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 32'07|
|7||Cornejo José Ignacio 'Nacho'||CHI||XRaids||Suzuki||+ 43'06|
|8||Al Balooshi Mohammed||7||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 45'24|
|9||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 49'13|
|10||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 51:38|
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