Dakar: HRC Race Report Stage #3 - Chilecito (Video)

2015 HRC Rally Team Dakar race action shot

Honda Racing Corporation Press Release:

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 grueling 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

Dakar Rally 2015 Behind the Scene Stage 3:

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 kilometers 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 kilometers, 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.

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

Results Stage 3:

1 WALKNER Mathias         AUT     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     2:34'28

2 COMA Marc         SPA     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     + 00'40

3 BARREDA Joan         SPA     Team HRC     Honda     + 1'53

4 PRICE Toby         AUS     KTM AUS Rally Factory     KTM     + 2'45

5 GONCALVES Paulo         POR     Team HRC     Honda     + 2'49

6 DUCLOS Alain         FRA     Sherco Rally Factory     Sherco     + 3'11

7 FARIA Ruben         POR     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     + 3'26

8 ISRAEL Jeremias         CHI     Team HRC     Honda     + 4'02

9 VILADOMS Jordi         SPA     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     + 4'36

10 PEDRERO Joan         SPA     Pont Grup Yamaha JVO     Yamaha     + 5'21

11 SUNDERLAND Sam         GBR     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     + 5'23

12 QUINTANILLA Pablo         CHI     KTM     KTM     + 5'39

13 SVITKO Stefan         SLO     Slovnaft Team     KTM     + 6'15

14 BOTTURI Alessandro         ITA     Team Speedbrain     Speedbrain     + 6'16

15 RODRIGUES Helder         POR     Team HRC     Honda     + 7'01

16 METGE Mickael         FRA     Yamaha Racing     Yamaha     + 7'51

17 SANZ Laia         SPA     Team HRC     Honda     + 9'28

18 JAKES Ivan         SLO     Microstep Industry Team     KTM     + 9'42

19 CASTEU David         FRA     Team Casteu     KTM     + 9'54

20 VAN NIEKERK Riaan         RSA     Brother Link KTM Rally     KTM     + 10'07

21 PAIN Olivier         FRA     Yamaha Racing     Yamaha     + 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     24     BRA     Honda South America Rally Team     Honda     + 25'42

36 PIZZOLITO Javier         ARG     Honda South America Rally Team     Honda     + 25'43

83 GUIRAL Demian     77     ARG     Honda South America Rally Team     Honda     + 56'02

Provisional Standings after Stage 3:

1 BARREDA Joan         SPA     Team HRC     Honda     9:43'05

2 GONCALVES Paulo         POR     Team HRC     Honda     + 05'33

3 WALKNER Mathias         AUT     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     + 10'33

4 COMA Marc         SPA     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     KTM     +12'10

5 PRICE Toby         AUS     KTM AUS Rally Factory     KTM     + 12'24

6 VILADOMS Jordi         SPA     KTM Red Bull Rally Factory     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         FRA     Sherco 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     24     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     77     ARG     Honda South America Rally Team     Honda     + 4:42'22

Dakar Rally Stage #4 Route Shot


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 meters 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 kilometers, 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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