“I spent most of the stage today at the back of the pack in the dust. I developed a decent rhythm soon and passed a lot of guys but then I got lost and had to find my way back."
Stage 3 : Arequipa, Peru
A day of mixed fortunes for Hero MotoSports Team Rally
When the competitors took to stage 3 today morning, little did they expect what was in store for them. What was expected as 75% sand, turned out to be a heady mix of dunes, rocks, mountains, fesh-fesh and morning fog. The stage from Marcona to Arequipa turned the rally upside down with many top contenders across bikes and cars, losing their way or crashing out of the Dakar.
C S Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues both met with setbacks in their course of the rally today. JRod lost his way in the beginning of the stage, losing some time in the process, only to encounter a tricky waypoint that made him and many others lose even more time. Santosh met with a few crashes, also lost time around the same waypoint before fighting his way through all this to make it to the finish line.
Oriol Mena, however, seemed to be doing a completely different stage altogether as he showed his class and skills once again to blaze through the stage in quick time, gaining a few positions in the process.
“Today was a really tough stage, the kind that we know Dakar for. Conditions were difficult with lot of fog in the mountains, many stones and fesh-fesh. The navigation also was quite tricky. So I decided to ride with caution today, trying to avoid any mistakes and managed to catch all the waypoints. I am happy with the result today and the way my bike is performing. Now we prepare for the Marathon stage! ”
”It was an extremely difficult stage that came with its fair share of challenges. I had the wrong lens on for today’s stage and it set me up for the struggle for most of the first part"
Provisional Stage 3 Results
|01||Xavier De Soultrait||Yamaha Factory Racing||04h 07m 42s|
|02||Pablo Quintanilla||Husqvarna Factory Racing||+15s|
|03||Kevin Benavides||Honda Factory Racing||+02m 37s|
|08||Oriol Mena||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+11m 15s|
|46||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+01h 27m 55s|
|64||C S Santosh||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+01h 57m 57s|
Provisional Overall Results
|01||Pablo Quintanilla||Husqvarna Factory Racing||08h 34m 28s|
|02||Kevin Benavides||Honda Factory Racing||+11m 23s|
|03||Sam Sunderland||KTM Factory Racing||+12m 12s|
|12||Oriol Mena||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+36m 03s|
|31||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+02h 12m 03s|
|42||C S Santos||Hero Motosports Team Rally||+02h 44m 20s|