No change in the overall standings today, after Team HRC riders Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves had established themselves as race leaders at the end of yesterday’s infernal stage. All five team members finished in the top sixteen.

It turned out to be a positive outing for Joan Barreda and the other components of the Team HRC camp, on the third stage from San Juan to Chilecito. Although it was anything but easy, after the gruelling and epic stage of yesterday, today’s event still required a fair amount of technical finesse, and a high degree of concentration, especially in the latter part, as riders were forced to tackle a very narrow, challenging section along the home-straight.

Joan Barreda opened the track throughout the stage and finished the section against the clock, on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, with the day’s third-best time. The Spaniard holds off his adversaries with an overall 5’30’’ lead ahead of second place team-mate Paulo Gonçalves, who finished fifth on the day, which sets him up nicely for following stage.

Jeremías Israel, is another happy camper, after putting in another noteworthy and trouble-free display, finishing eighth in the stage and in the overall standings. Hélder Rodrigues will be in a good position to attack from after a fifteenth place finish, which leaves him lying in ninth overall, just one second behind team-buddy Jeremías Israel.

Laia Sanz, was once more among the top riders, repeating her 17th place of the opening day.

Best of the Honda South America Rally Team was once again Chilean Daniel Gouet, in 24th in both the stage and overall.


TOMORROW’S STAGE
STAGE 4 – Wednesday, 7th January
Chilecito (ARG) – Copiapo (CHI)

Liaison:
 594 km
Special stage: 315 km


At night the route is twice as hard!
The competitors will have to prove they are worthy of entering Chile! A very early start and a climb to a height of 4,800 metres will precede the border crossing at Paso San Francisco. The really challenging section will begin with a gradual warm-up on the mining tracks, before drivers are faced with the reality of the Atacama Desert. The route here is open and sandy. Over the course of the last 40 kilometres, the giant dunes and basins of Copiapo will have to be tackled and for many this will be at night. Overcoming them will require finesse and instinct.

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Joan Barreda

3rd + 1'53

It was a stage where you really had to have your wits about you. Marc could have made up a lot of time, if I had made any navigational errors. The final part was full of stones, broken track, and many traps, so you had to be really careful with both the riding and the navigation. I kept up a good pace, and I felt pretty good, but I thought it was better not to take any risks in the final section

Paulo Goncalves

5th + 2'49

Today I finished the stage in third with a good position overall. The first kilometres were really fast and we got very high up in the mountains with a lot of very narrow and dangerous tracks. In the final 50 kilometres, there were loads of river-beds and off-road, so you had to stay very focused. Tomorrow, we will have the first day in Chile, a tricky day, and I just want to concentrate on taking it day by day to achieve the objectives.

Jeremias Israel

8th + 4'02

It was a short day compared to yesterday’s stage, but an intense one, very quick in the beginning, which gave us a chance to really put the CRF450 RALLY through its paces. After we went through a zone with a broken up track and a river that was very picturesque. In the end I’m happy with the job. I think it was a good stage for me. Getting over a stage like that helps build confidence.

Helder Rodrigues

15th + 7'01

Third day and we are still up there in good positions. It was a very short, but technical day. The bike performed really well all the way through. I want to keep on battling until the end to be able to have a good race. Starting a bit further back tomorrow will help us have a good stage tomorrow.

Laia Sanz

17th + 9'28

It started off as a very fast stage, and I thought that it was going to be more difficult than they had actually said. In the end, I was thankful that it wasn’t so hard – there was only one stretch of river-bed that was difficult, and a very technical section at the end that was very stony. It went very well. I got caught on a shrub and came off the bike, but it was nothing. Now, we will take time out to relax a bit and get ready for tomorrow’s stage.

Daniel Gouet

24th + 15'53

Everything is going fine up until now. The day was made difficult by so much dust. I tried to push as hard as I could, and tried to salvage something from the stage. But we are still only at the beginning of what I’m sure will be a very tough Dakar.

2015 Dakar Rally
Stage 3   Dakar

Results Stage 3

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Walkner Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:34'28
2 Coma Marc SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 00'40
3 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda + 1'53
4 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 2'45
5 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 2'49
6 Duclos Alain 20 FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco + 3'11
7 Faria Ruben POR Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna + 3'26
8 Israel Jeremias CHI Team HRC Honda + 4'02
9 Viladoms Jordi 11 SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 4'36
10 Pedrero Joan SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha + 5'21
11 Sunderland Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 5'23
12 Quintanilla Pablo CHI KTM KTM + 5'39
13 Svitko Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 6'15
14 Botturi Alessandro ITA Botturi Racing Yamaha + 6'16
15 Rodrigues Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 7'01
17 Sanz Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 9'28
18 Jakes Ivan SLO Microstep Industry Team KTM + 9'42
19 Casteu David 9 FRA Team Casteu KTM + 9'54
20 Van Niekerk Riaan RSA Brother Link KTM Rally KTM + 10'07
21 Pain Olivier 16 FRA Team Top KTM + 11'35
22 Vogels Hans NDL Team Hans Vogels KTM + 13'42
23 de Soultrait Xavier FRA Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha + 15'38
24 Gouet Daniel CHI Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 15'53
35 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 25'42
36 Pizzolito Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 25'43
83 Guiral Demian ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 56'02
2015 Dakar Rally
Stage 3   Dakar

Provisional Standings after Stage 3

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda 9:43'05
2 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda + 05'33
3 Walkner Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 10'33
4 Coma Marc SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'10
5 Price Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 12'24
6 Viladoms Jordi 11 SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM + 14'07
7 Rodrigues Helder POR Team HRC Honda + 18'34
8 Pedrero Joan SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha + 23'02
9 Duclos Alain 20 FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco + 23'40
10 Svitko Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team KTM + 26'36
17 Sanz Laia SPA Team HRC Honda + 24'14
24 Gouet Daniel CHI Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 57'38
30 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 1:20'29
78 Pizzolito Javier ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 4:25'25
80 Guiral Demian ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda + 4:42'22

Dakar Rally 2015 Team HRC Stage 3


Dakar Rally 2015 Behind the Scene Stage 3

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