Team HRC riders Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves finish in second and third respectively and establish themselves up in commanding positions at the first full stage of the Rally dos Sertoes.
It may have only been the first of the seven scheduled stages Rally dos Sertoes, but the Honda CRF450 RALLY already occupies two of the top three spots in the race. On a day which saw the riders head out from Goiania with destination Caldas Novas, on some very speedy and pot-holed track, Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves finished high on both the stage and overall leader-board.
It was a stage that required the utmost prudence, with a broken, dust-filled Brazilian course booby-trapped with every kind of unpredictable hazard. The real danger today came from the large amount of pot-holes littered throughout, which can prove lethal when taken at high speed. Paulo Goncalves chose to start from third place, behind team-mate Helder Rodrigues and Brazilian Jean Azevedo -runner-up in yesterday’s prologue- who open the way today. The world champion was forced to stop and check on a minor problem, losing time in doing so to the race’s eventual leader Marc Coma.
Helder was, on this occasion, Team HRC’s best rider, and rode the Honda CRF450 RALLY to second place at the chequered flag, 1’17 behind the winner, and now lies in second in the overall standings just ahead of Goncalves, who, in spite of having to stop during the special, came in just two minutes behind the race leader.
Stage 2 – Caldas Novas-Catalao
Liaison: 39.54km Special Stage: 202.23km Liaison: 18.59km
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01:49'08|
|2||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+1'17|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+2'19|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'25|
|5||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+2'48|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'13|
|7||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'26|
|8||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+4'51|
|9||Martins Ricardo||BRA||Spirit Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'36|
|10||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+5'52|
Provisional Standings after Stage 1
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||1:55'28|
|2||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+1'22|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+2'00|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'32|
|5||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+2'36|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'31|
|7||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'33|
|8||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+5'14|
|9||Martins Ricardo||BRA||Spirit Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'48|
|10||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+5'53|
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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