A second victory for Paulo Goncalves and Honda CRF450 RALLY in the Rally dos Sertoes. After taking first place in the prologue, Team HRC rider rode the fastest time today in a much shorter than scheduled second stage.
Due to hazardous conditions on the race route, including narrow stretches and poor ground, the second stage of the Rally Sertoes was shortened quite radically from the originally-planned 155.65 kilometre stage.
This put a damper on Team HRC’s chances of narrowing the deficit with the race leader. Paulo Goncalves, who started out from third place on the day, had hoped to whittle down the gap with the front runner, who set off ahead. In spite of the changes to the original schedule, Paulo managed a fast, yet comfortable ride, reducing the gap with the overall leader to just 39 seconds.
A very focused Helder Rodrigues tried to avoid any navigational errors, due to flaws in the road-book, which eventually left him conceding several seconds to his adversaries. Tomorrow Helder will start from behind and it will be full gas for the Honda CRF450 RALLY in an attempt to recuperate time and get back up among the top positions.
Another noteworthy performance was displayed by Honda Brazil’s Jean Azevedo, taking second final place in the stage and third overall.
Stage 3 – Catalao-Paracatu
Liaison: 22.2km Special Stage: 209.86km Liaison: 128.39km
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||45'37|
|2||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+1'02|
|3||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1'21|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'30|
|5||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'39|
|6||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+2'51|
|7||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+3'02|
|8||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+3'04|
|9||Zavatti Julio||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+3'34|
|10||Ribeiro de Castro Henrique||BRA||Sollavanco||Honda||+3'53|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||02:42'27|
|2||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+0.39|
|3||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+2.16|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+2.52|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3.41|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+5.50|
|7||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7.20|
|8||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+7.37|
|9||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+7.49|
|10||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+7.53|
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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