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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Paulo Goncalves "Nice beginning of the race".




After Sunday´s first leg of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" had to be cancelled due to a sandstorm, the going finally got tough with Monday´s stage through the heat of the Liwa desert.

The participants in this opening round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship had to deal with deep sand and very soft, almost endless dunes. Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves aboard their Speedbrain 450 Rally bikes were part of the torture.

Paulo rode a steady pace, keeping up with the speed of front-runners. The experienced Portuguese managed to finish the 250 km long stage well in third place. But teammate Joan Barreda encountered problems. The quick Spaniard was eyeing a top three result when he felt a sudden pain in his wrist following a jump over a dune.

Barreda stopped at a service point and had to withdraw from the rally. There was no way he could continue the extremely demanding race under such conditions. Paulo Goncalves meanwhile enters Tuesday´s third stage behind the lead duo of Sam Sunderland and Marc Coma in third place overall.

Paulo Goncalves: "It´s been a nice beginning of the race. The extreme heat and the constant up and down through the dunes was hard on the bike. It held up fine, though. The precise handling and the powerful engine together with the perfect setup of the suspension were critical in getting on the podium today. I´m overjoyed to place our Speedbrain 450 Rally inside today´s top three straight away and look forward to tomorrow´s stage."

Joan Barreda: "Sorry. There´s not much more to say. I´m devastated for my fans and the whole team being forced out of the race at this early point. The situation actually wasn´t special. I landed after a jump and had to stop immediately. Apparently my wrist injury sustained at the Dakar isn´t completely healed up. There was no choice for me but to stop."

Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: "A day with mixed emotions. Joan´s injury is a setback for sure. He was determined to repeat his success from a year ago. On the other hand we´re delighted to see Paulo inside the top three and record the first desert podium upon our debut as a manufacturer. Paulo is well placed with the leaders and sits in a great position for tomorrow´s stage."

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Cars Top 10

01) Roma / Perin (ES/F) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 06:06:57
02) Spinelli / Haddad (BRA/BRA) | Mitsubishi ASX V8 | T1 | 06:24:07
03) Ten Brinke / Baumel (NL/F) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 06:43.38
04) Van Loon / Rosegaar (NL/NL) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 06:43.46
05) Schlesser / Zhilstov (F/RUS) | Schlesser Buggy | T1 | 06:57.50
06) Zapletal / Marton (CZ/PL) | Hummer H3 Proto | T1 | 07:07.27
07) Saeidan / Telauny (KSA/F) | Polaris | T3 | 07:24.23
08) Ogorodnikov / Nikolaev (RUS/RUS) | Toyota Hilux | T1 | 07:36.38
09) Alhelei / Alkendi (ARE/ARE) | Nissan Petrol | T2 | 07:39.08
10) Holowczyc / Schulz (PL/D) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 07:59:23

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Cars ALL (PDF)

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Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Bikes Top 10

01) Sam Sunderland (UAE) | Honda CRF 450 X | 03:41:00
02) Marc Coma Camps (ES) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 03:43:13
03) Paulo Goncalves (PT) | Speedbrain 450 Rally | 03:43:54
04) Pal Anders Ullevalseter (N) | KTM 450 Rally | 03:55:38
05) Jakub Przygonski (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:00:38
06) Sebastian Husseini (NL) | Honda TRX 700 XX | 04:01:26
07) David MC Bride (GB) | KTM 500 EXC | 04:02:56
08) Tedeusz Blazusiak (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:06:14
09) Juan Salvatierra Carlos (BOL) | HM Honda CRE F 500 X | 04:10:22
10) Miran Stanovnik (SLO) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:12:51

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Bikes ALL (PDF)

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2013/04/09 | 14:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FISCHER











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