In the third stage of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” fortune turned face to those who are not lucky before, and turned away from a few of the heroes of the previous day.
After the first long stage of “Dakar-2018” Sunday, which in the General classification formed the first large handicaps, the caravan participants once again had a meeting with the desert in ICA. Demonstrating your skills in navigation and piloting skills in the dunes, crews could aspire to the endless sandy beaches near San Juan de Marcon.
Sam Sunderland again among the top favorites for victory in the motorcycle category. After not too successful performance on the eve of the defending champion fully rehabilitated, having won a second victory at the “Dakar-2018”. But most importantly – the leader of the factory KTM team returned to the top of the General classification. His main rivals Kevin Benavides and Toby Price to minimize loss, whereas Matthias Walkner and Adrien van Beveren has lost about 13 minutes.
In the category of SUVs about themselves also said the winner of the launch stage. Nasser al-Attiyah, failed a day earlier, dominated during the whole of the stage was left far behind the Armada Peugeot. A two-time winner of “Dakar” have significantly reduced the gap in the overall standings, which nevertheless continues to lead Stephane Peterhansel.
His first victory on the stages of the Dakar was won by Federico Villagra in the category of trucks. The Argentine, representing the team of Gerard de Rooy in the final part of the race ahead of the driver “KAMAZ-Master” Eduard Nikolaev. The second representative of the team from Naberezhnye Chelny Ayrat Mardeev finished the day in third place, playing time and positions that have been lost because of the coup in the second stage. Anton Shibalov and Dmitry Sotnikov rounded out the top 15.
The winner of the 2014 Ignacio Casale continues to dominate in the category of ATVs. The Chilean rider won the third victory out of three possible in the overall standings came off in 26 minutes Sergey Karjakin, who unlike the two first stages was able to be the closest rival Casale on the finish and became only the ninth with a lag of 24 minutes.
Nightmare turned to final segment of the stage for the second stage winner Joan Barreda Board. The factory Honda rider missed a check point, but I realized it only after 15 kilometers. I had to go back and look in the right direction, which cost the Spaniard in 28 minutes. Now Barreda will have to attack in an attempt to make up for lost time and hope for gaffes rivals.
Machine weight 80 kg lighter and 3 cm more suspension travel – Nasser al-Attiyah fully takes advantage of the dynamic characteristics of your Toyota Hilux. Such modifications recently allowed by the FIA regulations in order to bring closer the characteristics monoperiodic and AWD vehicles.
Nasser al-Attiyah: “Twice had to change a tire – at the beginning of the day and closer to the finish line. We lost about three minutes, but it didn’t matter. We won, and it’s great. It was necessary to attack, but within reason, because the route was difficult and sometimes even very dangerous.
I am pleased with our performance and the victory. There is still a long way to go, but we have a very good car, and we will continue to do everything we can. In General, everything is fine, apart from the second day, when we opened the distance”.
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