The second round of the 2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies closes with Team HRC riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves on the podium after overcoming a complicated opening in the rally.
After a week of competition in the Qatar desert, Team HRC come away pleased with a result that marks a far more positive result to the one achieved two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, with two riders on the final podium.
In spite of the excellent result, it wasn’t all plain-sailing for the team who had to endure various mishaps along the way. Joan Barreda finished just six seconds short of victory in the opening special stage due to a GPS issue, which caused Team HRC to have to rethink the game-plan. With this obstacle out of the way, the team set about remedying the situation, spectacularly bringing the Honda CRF450 RALLY home in top-spot over the following three sand and stone filled stages. It was a gutsy Paulo Gonçalves who dominated and won the third stage, and consecutive Team HRC one-twos for Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves in the fourth and fifth stages.
These noteworthy results and the solid all-round performance of the Honda CRF450 RALLY that mark the line to be followed in upcoming competitions. Team HRC will be back in action in Argentina, with the Desafio Ruta 40, being held from 18th to 24th May.
Final results Sealine Cross-Country Rallies 2015
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||19:56'48|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 4'40|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 6'33|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 17'59|
|5||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 18'00|
|6||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 21'10|
|7||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 1:40'18|
|9||Piatek Jakub||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||+ 3:55'00|
|10||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 4:00'21|
|11||Megre David||POR||Team Megre Portugal||KTM||+ 4:56'02|
Provisional Standings World Championship
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||50 points|
|2||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||30 points|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||27 points|
|4||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||24 points|
|5||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||17 points|
|6||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||16 points|
|7||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||13 points|
|8||Faria Ruben||8||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||13 points|
|9||Brabec Ricky||USA||Team HRC||Honda||11 points|
|10||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||BOL||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||10 points|
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|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|