The Dakar 2016 finally held its first real stage after yesterday’s cancellation. Paulo Goncalves pulled back positions finishing in sixth place and Joan Barreda, who opened the track, came home behind his Team HRC colleague.
The huge storm that blasted the riders during the first special stage yesterday – forcing the event to be cancelled – continued its course today and wreaked havoc with the programmed route, flooding large stretches of the track. Race organizers subsequently patched together a new, revised special stage from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Río Hondo, with the planned 450 kilometres being reduced to a total of 354, against the clock, with the finish at CP4.
In spite of this, riders were still faced with a muddy quagmire, which compromised both stability and visibility, especially for the faster riders such as Paulo Goncalves who were forced to start from rear positions due to the starting order decided at the prologue stage two days earlier.
It was indeed the Portuguese rider Gonçalves who proved to be the fastest of the Team HRC squad today in what was the first real day of racing after yesterday’s cancellation. Paulo kept up a cracking rhythm, clawing back time and places during the special stage to chalk up the sixth fastest time of the day just 2’38 behind the stage winner Toby Price.
Joan Barreda opened the track for a great part of the special stage until he found himself on a mud-filled track where he lost some time getting momentarily stuck. The riders behind followed his tracks and his rival Ruben Faria caught up with the Spaniard who navigated alongside for some four kilometres.
Frenchman Michael Metge was up among the front-runners the whole day and was overtaken by some adversaries who started from behind and took advantage of the path marked out by the proceeding pack. Metge, 17th, conceded little to the front-runners.
Ricky Brabec made his first real Dakar Rally stage debut with a well-balanced performance in some fairly unfavourable conditions. Likewise, Paolo Ceci overcame a tricky stage to finish in the first twenty-five.
Honda South America Rally Team, once again being supported by Team HRC, continue to remain very active in the race with their riders well-situated. Kevin Benavides was once again the fastest of the HSA Rally Team, finishing in eighth behind Barreda. Javier Pizzolito and Adrien Metge were among the first thirty on the day and only have cause to complain about a fall by Brazilian Jean Azevedo at kilometre 30. Fortunately he was able to get back on the bike and back into the race, if at a somewhat slower pace than before.
2016 January 5. Stage 3: Termas de Río Hondo – San Salvador de Jujuy
Special sections: 314 km
Total: 663 km
Hunters, take aim
The format is tighter for the day’s race against the clock… as are the mountain tracks featuring in the special section. Experts in sliding and on the road will be able to showcase their skills here, as long as they stay constantly focused. Those hunting down the leaders will be on high alert during this route, which has been designed for opportunists. But the programme could also be transformed by any rain: even the strongest competitors do not necessarily perform well on heavy ground.
You can see details of the third stage (route and profile) here.
Stage 2 . Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Río Hondo
|1||Price Toby||3||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:46'24|
|2||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+00'20|
|3||Svitko Stefan||5||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+01'28|
|4||Duclos Alain||20||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+01'51|
|5||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+02'00|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||2||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+02'38|
|7||Barreda Joan||6||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+03'02|
|8||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+3'36|
|9||Pedrero Joan||17||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+4'25|
|10||Quintanilla Pablo||4||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+4'32|
|11||Jakes Ivan||16||SLO||Jakes Dakar Team||KTM||+05'09|
|12||Botturi Alessandro||18||ITA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+06'29|
|13||Casteu David||9||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+07'04|
|14||Sanz Laia||12||SPA||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+07'09|
|15||Cervantes Iván||52||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+07'12|
|16||Rodrigues Helder||7||POR||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+07'33|
|17||Metge Michael||19||FRA||Team HRC||Honda||+07'52|
|18||Farres Gerard||23||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+08'10|
|19||Arana Txomin||27||SPA||GOR Sport||Husqvarna||+09'21|
|20||Gyenes Emanuel||32||ROU||Autonet Motorcycle Team||KTM||+10'36|
|21||Brabec Ricky||48||USA||Team HRC||Honda||+10'50|
|22||Ceci Paolo||32||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+11'07|
|23||Pizzolito Javier||22||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+12:00|
|28||Metge Adrien||61||FRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+13'45|
|126||Azevedo Jean||26||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+2:27'09|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Price Toby||3||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||03:53'09|
|2||Faria Ruben||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+00'02|
|3||Svitko Stefan||5||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+01'21|
|4||Duclos Alain||20||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+01'53|
|5||Walkner Matthias||14||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'59|
|6||Barreda Joan||6||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+03'04|
|7||Goncalves Paulo||2||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+03'20|
|8||Benavides Kevin||47||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+03'26|
|9||Quintanilla Pablo||4||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+04'24|
|10||Pedrero Joan||17||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+04'30|
|11||Jakes Ivan||16||SLO||Jakes Dakar Team||KTM||+05'11|
|12||Botturi Alessandro||18||ITA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+06'25|
|13||Casteu David||9||FRA||Team Casteu||KTM||+07'02|
|14||Cervantes Iván||52||SPA||Himoinsa Team||KTM||+07'16|
|15||Rodrigues Helder||7||POR||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+07'18|
|16||Metge Michael||19||FRA||Team HRC||Honda||+07'42|
|21||Brabec Ricky||48||USA||Team HRC||Honda||+10'54|
|22||Ceci Paolo||32||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+11'20|
|23||Pizzolito Javier||22||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+11'58|
|28||Metge Adrien||61||FRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+14'02|
|129||Azevedo Jean||26||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+2:27'09|
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