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 gruelling 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.

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


TOMORROW’S STAGE
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 metres 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 kilometres, 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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Dakar Rally 2015 Team HRC Stage 3
Dakar Rally 2015 Behind the Scene Stage 3
Joan Barreda

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

Team HRC
Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

5th / + 2'49

Today I finished the stage in third with a good position overall. The first kilometres 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 kilometres, 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.

Team HRC
Jeremias Israel

Jeremias Israel

8th / + 4'02

It was a short day compared to yesterday’s stage, but an intense one, very quick in the beginning, which gave us a chance to really put the CRF450 RALLY through its paces. After we went through a zone with a broken up track and a river that was very picturesque. In the end I’m happy with the job. I think it was a good stage for me. Getting over a stage like that helps build confidence.

Team HRC
Helder Rodrigues

Helder Rodrigues

17th / + 7'01

It started off as a very fast stage, and I thought that it was going to be more difficult than they had actually said. In the end, I was thankful that it wasn’t so hard – there was only one stretch of river-bed that was difficult, and a very technical section at the end that was very stony. It went very well. I got caught on a shrub and came off the bike, but it was nothing. Now, we will take time out to relax a bit and get ready for tomorrow’s stage.

Team HRC
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2015

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