Paulo Goncalves and Helder Rodrigues arrived back at the Diamantina camp, tired but satisfied, after having overcome the arduous first part of the Rally Dos Sertoes marathon stage.
Paulo Goncalves keeps his options of winning the Rally dos Sertoes open, in spite of finishing third and conceding several minutes to the race leader. Helder Rodrigues is also in the running for a podium place in this fifth date of the World Championship.
It was an enormously physical, demanding and complicated day as the Sertoes 2014, from the point of view of both the navigation and handling; on a day when a rock-filled five kilometre section of the course bore more resemblance to a trial more than a rally raid. This area was followed by some very fast stretches, as well as deep-rutted track, as the course wound through the eucalyptus plantations, requiring an extremely precise reading of the road-book in order to not get lost.
Paulo Goncalves had it all the more complicated having to start out from the front after yesterday’s stage victory. The pace of the race subsequently slowed as the route took in more narrow, sinuous paths, after which came the crossing of the Jequitinhonha river, followed by a heavily damaged and pot-holed section as the race speeded through some of the rural villages on route to Diamantina. It was there that the parc fermé had been set up, and where the bikes are not allowed to be tampered with until the end of tomorrow’s stage, although as an extraordinary measure, the riders themselves (not the mechanics) are permitted to change the rear wheels. This measure was taken for safety reasons after the brutal punishment of the stage had left all the tyres practically without grip.
Paulo was ahead of the pack for most of the race until a navigational setback saw him concede around three minutes to a persuing Marc Coma. Honda Brazil rider Jean Azevedo, was able to overtake too. Helder Rodrigues, who struggled to find his rhythm in the first part, was clearly more at ease in the second part of the special on the CRF450 RALLY and arrived in Diamantina in fourth place.
Tomorrow the riders face the second part of the marathon stage with the start and finish at the very same camp. This circuit will include a 178.87 kilometre special, with a stage total of 204 kilometres.
Stage 6 – Diamantina-Diamantina
Liaison: 0km Special Stage: 178.87km Liaison: 25.42km
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||04:34'55|
|2||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+4'33|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+4'56|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+6'09|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7'16|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+8'18|
|7||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+9'02|
|8||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+9'32|
|9||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+10'08|
|10||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+20.05|
Provisional Standings after Stage 5
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||14:18'50|
|2||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+07.00|
|3||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda Mobil Rally||Honda||+14.10|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+17.42|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+21.36|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+24.40|
|7||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+29.04|
|8||Casteu David||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+34.01|
|9||Klaumann Ike||BRA||Team Klaumann||Honda||+35.42|
|10||Sacilotti Ramon Oliveira||BRA||Kawasaki Rinaldi||Kawasaki||+54.37|
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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