The Sardinia Rally is officially off and running after this morning’s administrative and technical checks as the fourth round of the FIM World Cross-Country Rallies World Championship fires up again. Today’s brief curtain-raiser got the show on the road at the Capoterra Motocross Circuit.
The Super Special set the championship’s fourth date in motion with Team HRC represented by Paulo Gonçalves, whose Honda CRF450 Enduro overcame the morning’s scrutineering checks trouble-free. The lighter, more manageable enduro machine lends itself better to the idiosyncrasies of the Sardinia Rally – full of narrow, winding tracks – rather than the habitual Honda CRF450 RALLY model used so far in the championship.
Paulo Gonçalves finished the rally’s short opener at the Capoterra Motocross Circuit in a notable fourth place, which will permit the Portuguese rider to choose one of the most favourable starting positions for tomorrow’s first full stage.
Team HRC will also be monitoring closely the development of promising Italian youngster Jacopo Cerrutti on his Honda, fresh off the back of a win in the Hellas Rally in Greece.
The first full-length stage of the Sardinia Rally starts tomorrow with a looping route that sets off and finishes near Pula, in the south of the island and includes two timed sections. The first is 85 kilometres, then after refuelling, an additional special of 70 kilometres.
Results SuperSpecial Prologue
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||1'40.29|
|2||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+1.76|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+4.96|
|4||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+5.15|
|5||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+5.33|
|6||Thain Rodrig||FRA||Team Casteu||Husqvarna||+5.36|
|7||Faria Ruben||8||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+6.12|
|9||Cerutti Jacopo||ITA||Honda RS Moto||Honda||+6.63|
|10||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7.00|
|11||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7.04|
|12||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+7.15|
|13||Piatek Jakub||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||+8.37|
|14||Botturi Alessandro||ITA||Botturi Racing||Yamaha||+8.40|
|15||Gerini Maurizio||ITA||Honda RS Moto||Honda||+9.47|
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