A solid set of results in the Sardinia Rally Race – the fourth round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – keeps Team HRC firmly on track towards their ultimate goal this season. The rally sees the team accumulate more mileage while gaining valuable experience and insights.
Team HRC had headed into the unpredictable and demanding Sardinia Rally sharply focused on twin-objectives: taking home a respectable result and getting some serious kilometres of navigational practice under the belt. In spite of a setback on day two, where Paulo Gonçalves watched his chances of an overall win all but fade, the Portuguese rider was nevertheless able to put on a spectacular three-day final spurt, with a great display of concentration and speed, that rocketed him from 16th position to 4th in the general rankings.
Paulo Gonçalves’ efforts see him pull back points from the leaders as well as climbing several places to take fifth-spot in the championship table.
Video highlights can be seen here.
Provisional Standings World Championship
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||70|
|2||Piatek Jakub||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||45|
|3||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||44|
|4||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||41|
|5||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||39|
|6||Monleon Armand||SPA||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||37|
|7||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||37|
|8||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||36|
|9||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||BOL||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||35|
|10||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||30|
|11||Faria Ruben||8||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||30|
|12||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||28|
|13||Nifontova Anastasiya||RUS||VEB Team||Husqvarna||25|
|14||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||19|
|15||Gaggiani Andrea||ITA||FZ Factory||KTM||16|
|16||Brabec Ricky||USA||Team HRC||Honda||14|
|17||Cerutti Jacopo||ITA||Honda RS Moto||Honda||13|
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