Another complicated day in Fiambalá where the Monster Energy Honda Team colours shone in the immensity of the Argentine desert. Stage three of the Desafío Ruta 40 saw victory for Paulo Gonçalves and third place for Ricky Brabec.

Today’s Desafío Ruta 40 was originally scheduled to cover a total of 210.89 kilometres of special stage in the Fiambalá desert, with characteristics similar to those of the gruelling previous stage with off-piste and navigation through the dunes the order of the day. However, for security reasons, race authorities decided to reduce the mileage of the special to 141.04 km with the finish-line at the CP3 location. Competitors subsequently had to return by road to the Tinogasta bivouac.

The fastest rider of the day was again Paulo Gonçalves, eating almost three minutes into the lead of Pablo Quintanilla, the main rival for overall victory. The Portuguese Monster Energy Honda Team rider retakes the head of the overall leader board with a 1’13” advantage over the Chilean.

It proved a good stage for Ricky Brabec. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider occupied third position some 5’10” adrift of his team-mate. Ricky is now sixth overall and will battle over the coming days to improve on this overall result.

Tomorrow, Thursday, sees the fourth stage, with the longest special of the race at 357.55 kilometres out of a total of 514.43. The action takes place between Tinogasta and Villa Union in the northwest of the province of La Rioja. The main characteristic of the day will be high mountain tracks at almost 4000 metres above sea level, some of which are in very poor shape. Riders will need their wits about them to avoid some of the potential hazards in the roadbook. .

Paulo Goncalves 4

STAGE: 1st OVERALL: 1st

Today I started out fourth and I was able to take advantage of the starting position. So I tried to close in on those who were up ahead and I was able to catch them before the special was cut short around kilometre 130. It went pretty well and the bike performed great. Tomorrow I will have to open the track. I will try to do my best and not lose much time in order to get to the final day with chances of winning the race. I arrived here to try to regain my pace after a long period without activity and I am happy because I am improving day by day.

Ricky Brabec 15

STAGE: 3rd OVERALL: 6th

Today started off slow for me. We were trying to regroup from all the events of yesterday. I just want to make it through to the end of the rally. Today was really trial-riding pace and lots of sand, which is not really my forte. Anyway, I made it to the end of the special in third place. It’s pretty crazy to think that I wasn’t really pushing and managed to finish third. We will have to just keep pushing hard over the next few days.

2018 Cross-Country Rallies
Stage Round FIM-4 , Stage 3   Ruta40

Provisional results Stage 3

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Goncalves Paulo 4 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:04'38
2 Quintanilla Pablo 1 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +2'54
3 Brabec Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'10
4 Price Toby 11 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'40
5 Benavides Luciano 17 ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +9'19
6 Santolino Lorenzo 21 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +9'35
7 Walkner Matthias 3 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'49
8 Duplessis Martín 16 ARG Honda Argentina - MEC Team Honda +16'04
9 Nosiglia Daniel 19 BOL Team Nosiglia KTM +17'28
10 Nosiglia Walter 20 BOL Team Nosiglia KTM +32'21
2018 Cross-Country Rallies
Stage Round FIM-4 , Stage 3   Ruta40
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Goncalves Paulo 4 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 10:37'17
2 Quintanilla Pablo 1 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +1'13
3 Price Toby 11 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'38
4 Walkner Matthias 3 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'52
5 Benavides Luciano 17 ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +36'16
6 Brabec Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +44'20
7 Santolino Lorenzo 21 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +53'58
8 Nosiglia Daniel 19 BOL Team Nosiglia KTM +1:22'43
9 Nosiglia Walter 20 BOL Team Nosiglia KTM +2:44'47
10 Ontiveros Alberto 23 ARG San Juan Gobierno Rally Team Beta +2:55'28
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