Reigning world champion Paulo Goncalves finished the third day of Brazil’s Rally dos Sertoes with a third place finish, and holds on to second spot on the overall leader-board. Likewise, Helder Rodrigues performed well today, climbing one place in the overall standings.
It had been a tricky day at the Rally dos Sertoes for Team HRC, who managed to turn out a positive result, with Paulo Goncalves riding a commendable stage after starting out from the front after yesterday’s victory. The Portuguese rider made it to the half-way point without being reached by his adversaries.
Today’s stage, featuring a timed section of 209.86 kilometres over a mainly rocky course, but also included a lot of loose gravel and stretches of harder surface, which allowed the riders to raise the pace considerably. The ride also took in a lot of navigation as the route wound through rural villages, eucalyptus plantations, and included the speed checks which have become a constant feature in these races.
Paulo Goncalves skilfully handled the Honda CRF450 RALLY, always attentive to not lose precious seconds, and concluded the race with the day’s third best time behind the race winner and Honda Brazil’s Jean Azevedo. ‘Speedy’ is consistent in the second place in the overall. Helder Rodrigues, Goncalves’ sidekick at Team HRC, rode a fine special, finishing in fourth place. ‘Estrelinha’ thus climbs a place on the overall leader-board.
The two will be looking to better themselves in tomorrow’s fourth stage, between Paracatu and Sao Francisco, as the riders prepare to face 363.85 kilometres of timed special – the longest of the whole race- in a stage that totals 585 km.
Stage 4 – Paracatu-Sao Francisco
Liaison: 135.24km Special Stage: 363.85km Liaison: 86.21
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02:36'10|
|2||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+1'18|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+2'40|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+3'07|
|5||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3'28|
|6||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+4'02|
|7||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'22|
|8||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'30|
|9||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+4'43|
|10||de Araujo Robinson||BRA||Brasil Moto Tour||Honda||+5'11|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||05:18'37|
|2||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+3'19|
|3||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+3'34|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+5'59|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+8'03|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+9'18|
|7||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+11'52|
|8||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+12'35|
|9||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+12'51|
|10||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+14'07|
Dust, mud, brain-melting heat or damp cold, into the night, in dirt or asphalt roads, treks in the forest, ravines and flatlands. Crossing big cities and little villages, contacting simple, caring and hospitable people. All this is part of Sertões International Rally. Besides the bold competition, the event is also… read more.
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