"It was not easy for me to catch up in the first part today as I was riding mostly in the dust from the guys in front of me. So I decided to stay out of the risks and just tried to avoid the dust"
Stage 4 : Moquegua, Peru
Hero MotoSports Team Rally placed strongly at the end of stage 4
The 1st half of the Marathon stage promised the competitors a mix of 70% soft terrain, fesh-fesh and about 30% of gravel and stony terrain, a perfect formula for another fast yet tricky stage that ran for a total of 511kms today including 351km long special. Continuing his impressive run from yesterday, Oriol Mena brought home another strong finish for the team. Playing the terrain on its merits, his judgement on when to push hard and when to be cautious was spot on again, allowing him to post yet another solid stage finish at 11th position as he entered the Marathon bivouac today. His performance allowed him to retain his 12th position in the overall standings at the end of stage 4
Joaquim Rodrigues started the stage at the back and had to be contented with riding cautiously for the first part of the Marathon, as the dust from the front riders made it almost impossible to push ahead without taking unwanted risks. Later on, he gained several positions to finish the stage in the 30th place, enabling him to retain 31st in the overall standings
Santosh too had a cautious run today, aiming to get himself and the bike in a good condition to the Marathon stage considering that no assistance will be available today to attend to the bikes and the riders. He finished the stage in 51st place and stands 44th in the overall standings.
"The first part of the stage up to the neutralization was extremely fast. I got into a nice rhythm and rode with the leading group for most of the first part. "
"Well today I rode the whole stage in the dust, trying to pass the guys in front of me but also be safe at the same time. It was really tricky as there was so much of fesh-fesh around."
Provisional Stage 4 Results
|01||Ricky Brabec||Honda Factory Racing||03h 40m 30|
|02||Matthias Walkne||KTM Factory Racing||+06m 19|
|03||Toby Price||KTM Factory Racing||+07m 07|
|11||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+17m 16s|
|30||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+36m 50|
|51||C S Santosh||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+01h 17m 39s|
Provisional Overall Results
|01||Ricky Brabec||Honda Factory Racing||12h 33m 00s|
|02||Pablo Quintanilla||Husqvarna Factory Racing||+2m 19s|
|03||Toby Price||KTM Factory Racing||+04m 22s|
|12||Oriol Mena||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+35m 17s|
|31||Joaquim Rodrigues||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+02h 30m 51s|
|44||C S Santosh||Hero MotoSports Team Rally||+03h 43m 57s|