Another great win for Team HRC in the fourth stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally disputed today in Qatar. Paulo ‘Speedy’ Gonçalves picks up first place in the stage aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY, the third for the team so far in the competition.
The three Team HRC continue their run of excellent results and maintain the squad with great options for the final classification in the Sealine Cross-Country Rally as the race heads into tomorrow’s final stage.
Today was the turn of Paulo Gonçalves, who put his skill at handling and high speed on display for all, as he clocked up the fastest time in the Sealine’s fourth special, a 404 km affair across the Qatar desert in the Arabian Gulf. The Portuguese rider made up for lost time in the overall standings, and now lies just 17 seconds away from a podium place.
Fellow-countryman Hélder Rodrigues, also got a good result today, pushing hard and managed to be the fastest rider throughout most of the race. After finally dropping a little time, he concedes his overall leadership place to his team-mate.
Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda, set off knowing the importance of controlling the race and keeping his close competitor at Marc Coma at bay. Barreda finished fifth, with a good chance of taking overall victory as he now finds himself just 41 seconds behind the leader.
Tomorrow sees the final stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally, with some 363 km against the clock, with the final finish-line back where the race set out from in Umm Sa’id.
Stage 5 – Umm Sa’id-Umm Sa’id
Liaison: 1.16km Special Stage: 362.97km Liaison: 5.29km
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||04:48'07|
|2||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'58|
|3||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+03'58|
|4||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+06'08|
|5||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+08'08|
|6||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||+01:11'13|
|7||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+01:12'48|
|8||Potgieter Kobus||RSA||Team Potgieter||KTM||+01:19'47|
|9||Villarrubia Julian||SPA||Poland National||Honda||+01:20'35|
|10||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+01:21'43|
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||16:06'11|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+00'41|
|3||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+01'52|
|4||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+02'09|
|5||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+06'26|
|6||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||KTM UAC||KTM||+02:47'07|
|7||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+03:43'49|
|8||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+04:14'03|
|9||Villarrubia Julian||SPA||Poland National||Honda||+04:24'15|
|10||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||+05:06'26|
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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)|