Helder Rodrigues pulls out all the stops and takes a well-deserved win in a decisive sixth stage of the Rally Dakar 2015. Team HRC make it to Dakar’s first rest-day with a highly impressive first week scorecard.

Helder Rodrigues stepped back into the limelight today proving himself to be the man of the moment. Displaying all the skills necessary to negotiate mountains, hard track, potholed paths, taxing navigation and a full range of hazards, the Portuguese ace, nevertheless, claimed the rally’s sixth stage on a zippy 318 kilometre timed special that wound up in Iquique.

In doing so, Helder leapfrogs into fourth overall position, in a race currently led by Joan Barreda. The plucky Spaniard, starting out in second place, cut down the gap with Marc Coma in the first kilometres, and made it to the finish-line with the sixth best time. Barreda furthers his overall advantage to 12’27’’.

In between Helder and Joan, in third place on today’s card and overall, lies Paulo Gonçalves, just five minutes off second spot. Jeremias Israel’s fall a couple of days ago, has started to show with the Chilean unable to attack, and clearly not at his physical best. Laia Sanz, can be content with the way the stage played out, and is now a hair’s breadth away from the top fifteen.

Honda South America Rally Team round off a productive first week at the Dakar. Daniel Gouet and Javier Pizzolito finished in 18th and 19th positions. The Chilean leads the team in the general standings in 18th.

The sixth stage ground to a halt in Iquique, which will play host to the caravan’s well-earned day of rest. Team HRC will take advantage of the break to give the bikes a once-over and prepare for the first of the Dakar’s two marathon stages this Sunday. The participants will be isolated from their mechanics, and any repairs to the Honda CRF450 RALLY machines, will have to be undertaken by HRC riders themselves.


TOMORROW’S STAGE
REST DAY
Iquique (CHI)


For this exceptional part of the race, marked by the bivouac stop in Iquique and the Bolivian podium in Uyuni, separate rest days will be observed: 10th January for the motorcycles and quads and 12th January for cars and trucks. However, on Sunday 11th January, all the categories will be back on the race, competing in a different stage. Everyone will have taken part in a marathon stage by then.

Dakar Rally 2015 Team HRC Stage 6
Dakar Rally 2015 Behind the Scene Stage 6
Helder Rodrigues

Helder Rodrigues

1st / 3:40'10

I started out from behind, but I caught up with the riders who were opening the road. They were very quick, but I also had the speed to catch them. I’m pleased with the way it turned out and was very calm until the end. It’s rest-day tomorrow, which we really need, to get the energy back and plan next the second week as well as possible. I want to keep attacking and claw back a bit of time in the overall standings.

Team HRC
Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

3rd / + 1'42

Another fairly tough stage, especially up in the mountains. The track was very broken up, very soft, full of danger and difficult to get up. The navigation was very hard too. But in the end I’m happy with my third place today and the third overall, that’s very important for me. Today Hélder won and HRC are having a really great week, ahead overall, and winning a lot of stages. Jere and Laia are helping a lot. Next week will be harder than this one, and we will have to be very careful not to make any mistakes.

Team HRC
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

6th / + 7'20

I’m pleased to be here in Iquique and happy with the way that we have arrived here. I caught up with Marc quickly and we were together all the way from then on. There were some parts of fast track, some stretches were harder, some were like trial, and when we got to the dunes some of the other riders caught up with us and stayed there until the end. It was what we had expected but you still had to be careful. The second week will see the first days in Bolivia. It’ll be tough, and also the Iquique desert will be a tricky one for the navigation. In the end, the entrance into Argentina is not likely to be easy with some stages at over 4300 metres. There is a lot of race left, but the way to do it is the one we’ve been doing up until now.

Team HRC
Jeremias Israel

Jeremias Israel

7th / + 8'58

It was a complicated one today. I woke up this morning feeling dizzy and not on form as I had been before. Physically I wasn’t at my best and I wasn’t able to push as hard as usual. I did what I could and I’m happy to be here in Iquique. I hope to be able to recover my energy before the second week begins.

Team HRC
Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz

17th / + 17'57

I knew this was going to be a good stage for me, and that’s the way it was. I eased up a bit in the second half, after having got the first part’s difficult navigation out of the way. It’s not worth taking the risk when you haven’t got it in you. Now it’s time to get some rest and make the preparations for the second week of the rally. The two marathon stages will be really difficult and we’ll have to really look after the bikes. The main thing is to stay as consistent as we’ve been until now.

Team HRC
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2015

Friday 9 Jan 2015, 16:03 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Helder Rodrigues POR 25 Team HRC Honda 3:40'10
2 Toby Price AUT 20 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +1'10
3 Paulo Goncalves POR 16 Team HRC Honda +1'42
4 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 13 KTM Rally Team KTM +6'11
5 Stefan Svitko SLK 11 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'42
6 Joan Barreda SPA 10 Team HRC Honda +7'20
7 Jeremias Israel CHI 9 Team HRC Honda +8'58
8 Marc Coma SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'14
9 Ruben Faria POR 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'34
10 Ivan Jakes SLK 6 Microstep Industry Team KTM +13'59
11 Patricio Cabrera CHI 5 Kawasaki Chile Team Kawasaki +14'04
12 Alessandro Botturi ITA 4 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +15'03
13 Alain Duclos FRA 3 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +16'04
14 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 2 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +16'29
15 Michael Metge FRA 1 Team HRC Honda +17'09
17 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +17'57
18 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +18'42
19 Javier Pizzolito ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +19'44
33 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +41'19
Thursday 8 Jan 2015, 15:38 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Coma SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:38'16
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Team HRC Honda +2'16
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'40
4 Stefan Svitko SLK 13 Slovnaft Team KTM +3'54
5 Paulo Goncalves POR 11 Team HRC Honda +4'37
6 Helder Rodrigues POR 10 Team HRC Honda +6'35
7 Jeremias Israel CHI 9 Team HRC Honda +7'10
8 Matthias Walkner AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'24
9 Alain Duclos FRA 7 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +9'57
10 Toby Price AUT 6 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +10'05
11 Jordi Viladoms SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'48
12 Joan Pedrero SPA 4 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +14'25
13 Javier Pizzolito ARG 3 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +16'49
14 Ivan Jakes SLK 2 Microstep Industry Team KTM +16'55
15 Ruben Faria POR 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +17'24
16 David Casteu FRA 0 Team Casteu KTM +17'47
17 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 0 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +22'52
18 Alessandro Botturi ITA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +23'31
19 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +26'46
20 0 +29'04
21 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +31'59
22 Patricio Cabrera CHI 0 Kawasaki Chile Team Kawasaki +32'40
23 Emanuel Gyenes ROU 0 Autonet Motorcycle Team KTM +35'07
24 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +35'14
25 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +35'29
37 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +51'31
Wednesday 7 Jan 2015, 15:25 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Team HRC Honda 3:27'28
2 Marc Coma SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'59
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'49
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'44
5 Ruben Faria POR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'55
6 Javier Pizzolito ARG 10 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +11'29
7 Alain Duclos FRA 9 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +12'51
8 Laia Sanz SPA 8 Team HRC Honda +13'48
9 Stefan Svitko SLK 7 Slovnaft Team KTM +13'51
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Team HRC Honda +14'32
11 Alessandro Botturi ITA 5 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +14'52
12 Paulo Goncalves POR 4 Team HRC Honda +14'56
13 Daniel Gouet CHI 3 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +15'05
14 Ivan Jakes SLK 2 Microstep Industry Team KTM +15'30
15 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 1 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +16'17
18 Helder Rodrigues POR 0 Team HRC Honda +20'31
27 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +27'53
40 Jeremias Israel CHI 0 Team HRC Honda +35'43
Tuesday 6 Jan 2015, 15:01 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:34'28
2 Marc Coma SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00'40
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Team HRC Honda +1'53
4 Toby Price AUT 13 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +2'45
5 Paulo Goncalves POR 11 Team HRC Honda +2'49
6 Alain Duclos FRA 10 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +3'11
7 Ruben Faria POR 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'26
8 Jeremias Israel CHI 8 Team HRC Honda +4'02
9 Jordi Viladoms SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'36
10 Joan Pedrero SPA 6 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +5'21
11 Sam Sunderland GBR 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'23
12 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 4 KTM Rally Team KTM +5'39
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'15
14 Alessandro Botturi ITA 2 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +6'16
15 Helder Rodrigues POR 1 Team HRC Honda +7'01
16 Michael Metge FRA 0 Team HRC Honda +7'51
17 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +9'28
18 Ivan Jakes SLK 0 Microstep Industry Team KTM +9'42
19 David Casteu FRA 0 Team Casteu KTM +9'54
20 Riaan van Niekerk RSA 0 Brother Link KTM Rally KTM +10'07
21 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +11'35
22 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +13'42
23 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 0 Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha +15'38
24 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +15'53
35 Jean Azevedo BRA 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +25'42
36 Javier Pizzolito ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +25'43
83 Demian Guiral ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +56'02
Monday 5 Jan 2015, 13:41 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Team HRC Honda 5:46'06
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +6'13
3 Ruben Faria POR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'16
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'20
5 Toby Price AUT 11 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +9'42
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'25
7 Helder Rodrigues POR 9 Team HRC Honda +11'35
8 Marc Coma SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'32
9 Jeremias Israel CHI 7 Team HRC Honda +15'49
10 Joan Pedrero SPA 6 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +16'45
11 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 5 KTM Rally Team KTM +18:00
12 Stefan Svitko SLK 4 Slovnaft Team KTM +21:44
13 Alain Duclos FRA 3 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +21:55
14 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 2 KTM Rally Team KTM +22:50
15 David Casteu FRA 1 Team Casteu KTM +23:20
16 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +23'34
17 Michael Metge FRA 0 Team HRC Honda +25'25
18 Alessandro Botturi ITA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +26'11
19 Olivier Pain FRA 0 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +26'19
20 Ivan Jakes SLK 0 Microstep Industry Team KTM +31'05
21 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 0 Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha +32'39
22 Kuba Przygonski POL 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +32'43
23 Hans Vogels NDL 0 Team Hans Vogels KTM +35'14
24 Daniel Gouet CHI 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +35'56
Sunday 4 Jan 2015, 12:10 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1:18'57
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +00'05
3 Marc Coma SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'12
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Team HRC Honda +1'42
5 Alain Duclos FRA 11 Sherco Rally Factory Sherco +2'08
6 Jeremias Israel CHI 10 Team HRC Honda +2'16
7 David Casteu FRA 9 Team Casteu KTM +2'36
8 Matthias Walkner AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'42
9 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 7 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'58
10 Ruben Faria POR 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'02
11 Toby Price AUT 5 KTM AUS Rally Factory KTM +3'31
12 Helder Rodrigues POR 4 Team HRC Honda +3'32
13 Olivier Pain FRA 3 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +3'34
14 Jordi Viladoms SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'45
16 Javier Pizzolito ARG 0 Honda South America Rally Team Honda +4'32
17 Laia Sanz SPA 0 Team HRC Honda +4'46