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Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes"





It had been a tricky day in Brazil for Team Honda HRC, who managed to turn out a positive result, with Paulo Goncalves riding a commendable stage after starting out from the front after Monday’s victory. The Portuguese rider made it to the half-way point without being reached by his adversaries.

Tuesday’s stage, featuring a timed section of 209.86 kilometers over a mainly rocky course, but also included a lot of loose gravel and stretches of harder surface, which allowed the riders to raise the pace considerably. The ride also took in a lot of navigation as the route wound through rural villages, eucalyptus plantations, and included the speed checks which have become a constant feature in these races.

Paulo Goncalves skilfully handled the Honda CRF450 Rally, always attentive to not lose precious seconds, and concluded the race with the day’s third best time behind the race winner and Honda Brazil’s Jean Azevedo. 'Speedy' is consistent in the second place in the overall.

"Today was a good day’s race," Goncalves said. "I started out from the front and finished ahead too, opening the track the whole day. I lost a little time, but that’s normal. Wednesday, I start from third position and have 360 km to make up time. I hope to be able to ride hard without making mistakes to make up some time and get up to the front of the race."

Helder Rodrigues, Goncalves’ sidekick at Team HRC, rode a fine special, finishing in fourth place. ‘Estrelinha’ thus climbs a place on the overall leader-board. "Today we ran the longest rally so far. It was a very picturesque stage passing through some nice areas, but with a lot of navigation and some difficult track."

"Finally I managed to do a good job and finished fourth, that keeps me in with a chance in the overall standings. Paulo had a great stage, as did Jean. The three of us together are doing good work in the race, and we have to thank Honda for all its support."

Team HRC Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer said: "In the end he had a nice third position overall, not losing too much time. Also, Helder got a very good result in fourth, moving up in the overall positions. Now we are coming to the most decisive stages with 330 kilometers, and 350 km the following day."

"We are in a good position to attack, and everything is working well. The bike is running really well so we are happy. We are very motivated too, and have everything in hand to attack over the next few days for the final result."

2014/08/27 | 15:59 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FISCHER











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