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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Paulo Goncalves "I’m happy with the third place"






Team Honda HRC’s Paulo Gonçalves finished the second stage of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" in third place and Joan Barreda likewise repeated yesterday’s fourth place. Hélder Rodrigues crossed the line in seventh after starting out from way behind. The second stage went as planned with the three riders on the Honda CRF450 Rallys arriving at the halfway point with no major mishaps.

After days in which practically every rider had experienced tough moments, today (Monday) it was all about keeping up the pace without jeopardizing rider safety. The route across the sand was not a heavily technical one although in the second special there was the constant threat of running into some hidden hazard. The second part of the course was made up of various banks of dunes requiring some navigation before drawing to a close in Qasr Al Sarab.

Paulo Gonçalves started out in third place and was able to keep up a fine rhythm to finish once again in a podium position. Joan Barreda was forced to stop after the refuelling to check that his Honda CRF450 Rally was running correctly and dropped a few minutes. In spite of stopping he managed to finish in fourth just behind his Honda team-mate.

"I’m happy with the third place," said Goncalves after the stage. "My CRF 450 RALLY worked really well in these hard conditions here in the Abu Dhabi desert. We’ve got three days ahead here and I’ll try to get ahead and catch up to the first position. It won’t be easy, but we have the right team and bike to be in the running for it. Tomorrow we will see."

Hélder Rodrigues started from 26th position after suffering a set-back that caused him to lose a lot of time. The Team HRC rider battled his way back into sixth place in the stage and tomorrow it should be back to business as usual.

"Another day over in Abu Dhabi," the driver from Portugal said. "Today I held back. I tried to get more speed but it’s not so easy when you start from last place in the race. It’s difficult to pick up the pace of the first guys. I tried to finish the day so as to be able to start among the top riders tomorrow."

Also for Joan Barreda the day was tough: "We started in fourth position and we saw that the front rider was really fast and we tried to keep up pace throughout. We managed to keep up more or less the same speed but I had to stop to fix one part of the bike and we dropped a few minutes, but we were able to make up the time again and keep up the speed. In the end we had a good stage and we’ll keep on trying to get better results."

Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer quoted the day as good again: "Paulo was able to stay close to the top riders Sam and Coma. Joan had a few minutes delay for a quick repair but nothing dramatic. Both riders used their heads and didn’t take too many risks because there are some really big jumps over the dunes and one small mistake could cause a crash or a lot of damage. Helder had a bit of a delay but caught up well. In the end all three guys are here and there are three big days to go. So let’s see what happens tomorrow."

Martino Bianchi, Team HRC - General Manager, added: "Another hard day here in Abu Dhabi. We can see that our riders are really strong. Today was really tough for them and quite dangerous. They finished the race in a bunch with Paulo in third, a good position for tomorrow’s attack. The bike’s are holding up well and I’m very happy that they’ve all managed to finish this race, because it’s very dangerous here in Abu Dhabi."

Top 10 stage results BIKES SS 02 Monday

01) Marc Coma (ES) I KTM I 03:36:02 I 00:00:00
02) Sam Sunderland (UK) I KTM I 03:38:02 I 00:02:00
03) Paulo Goncalves (PT) I Honda I 03:38:08 I 00:02:06
04) Joan Barreda (ES) I Honda I 03:43:41 I 00:07:39
05) Jordi Viladoms (ES) I KTM I 03:50:33 I 00:14:31
06) Helder Rodrigues (PT) I Honda I 03:50:45 I 00:14:43
07) Thomas Berglung (S) I Husaberg I 03:59:02 I 00:23:00
08) Miran Stanovnik (SLO) I KTM I 04:00:21 I 00:24:19
09) Mohammed Albalooshi (AR) I KTM I 04:02:02 I 00:26:00
10) Santosh Cs (IND) I KTM I 04:03:07 I 00:27:05

Top 10 overall results BIKES SS 02 Monday

01) Marc Coma (ES) I KTM I 07:08:29 I 00:00:00
02) Sam Sunderland (UK) I KTM I 07:09:54 I 00:01:25
03) Paulo Goncalves (PT) I Honda I 07:12:45 I 00:04:16
04) Joan Barreda (ES) I Honda I 07:20:37 I 00:12:08
05) Jordi Viladoms (ES) I KTM I 07:33:38 I 00:25:09
06) Miran Stanovnik (SLO) I KTM I 08:11:15 I 01:02:46
07) Mohammed Albalooshi (AR) I KTM I 08:19:04 I 01:10:35
08) Aleksei Nikihkin (RUS) I Honda I 08:33:15 I 01:24:46
09) Santosh Cs (IND) I KTM I 08:34:11 I 01:25:42
10) Jakub Piatek (PL) I KTM I 08:40:17 I 01:31:48

2014/04/07 | 20:19 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/HRC











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