For riders representing Indian teams, it was an
eventful Stage 3 at the Dakar Rally 2018 with Oriol Mena of Hero MotoSports
Team Rally coming in 12 during stage 3 and now standing 19 th overall after
three stages. His teammate CS Santosh came in 98th in Stage 3. His overall
standing after three stages is 56.
For Sherco TVS Rally Factory riders, Juan
Pedrero Garcia and Aravind KP, they came in 16th and 29th
respectively. Their overall standings now after three stages are 20th
and 29th respectively.
Following a first long stage
that enabled initial gaps to be opened on Sunday, the competitors had to tackle
the dunes of the Ica Desert for one last time, allowing them to showcase their
navigation and dune-crossing talents. There was much time on offer to be made
up for the unfortunate participants of the previous day before swooping down
into San Juan de Marcona and its big fine sandy beaches.
Sam Sunderland of Red Bull KTM
Factory Team set the record straight. The winner in 2017 was distanced
yesterday during Stage 2, but grabbed his second victory in three days and more
importantly opened up big gaps over his rivals. Kevin Benavides and Toby Price
limited the damage, but Matthias Walkner and Adrien van Beveren did not,
trailing the leader by more than 13 minutes.
Sunderland’s performance was echoed
by Nasser Al-Attiyah of Toyota Gazoo
Racing SA, who brilliantly recovered after a below-standard day on the previous
day. The Qatari dominated the stage from start to finish and methodically
distanced the Peugeot armada to reduce his disadvantage in the general
standings, which nonetheless are now solidly led by Stéphane Peterhansel of Team
With 80 kg less and 3 cm more
suspension clearance on his Toyota, Nasser Al-Attiyah is taking full advantage
of his new Hilux’s dynamic qualities. These modifications are permitted by new
FIA rules that came into force recently, to strike a balance between the
performance of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles.
Federico Villagra of YPF Infinia Diesel Team De Rooy picked up his
first victory on the Dakar on his third participation in the truck category by
beating the leader of the general standings, Eduard Nikolaev of Kamaz-Master,
at the very end of the stage Performance of the day
Ignacio Casale of Casale Racing continues to dominate the Dakar
2018. The Chilean quad rider triumphed in San Juan de Marcona to take his third
consecutive stage victory in fine style. The winner in 2014 finished half an
hour ahead of Alexis Hernandez and Sergey Karyakin, both powerless to
counteract Casale’s superiority
Proud to open the way
following his excellent performance yesterday, Joan Barreda went through hell
at the end of the special. The official Honda rider missed a way-point and had
to turn back for 15 kilometres until he found the right track. As a result, he lost
28 minutes to the stage winner. Barreda must now attack to claw back the time
lost and hope that his rivals make mistakes.
Quote of the day
Nasser Al-Attiyah: “We had two
flat tyres: today and on morning one, on the short stage, and we had one today
before thirtykilometres. We lost around three minutes, but it was not a big
deal. We won the stage, which was good. We needed to push, butnot really
crazily. It was not a big push, because the road really isn’t easy and very
dangerous in places. It was a good performance and I’m quite happy to win. It’s
no problem. There’s still a long way and we believe our Toyota Hilux is a good
car and we’ll do our best like what we did today. It's good, except for
yesterday when we opened which was very difficult for us because there were no
lines, but I think we are in a good way now”.
Stage 3 Results for Bikes
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM
HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY
JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA
SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY
SANTOSH CHUNCHUNGUPPE SHIVASHANKAR
Overall Stage 3 Results for Bikes
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA
Stage 3 Results for Quads
SNAG RACING TEAM
MX DEVESA BY BERTA
Overall results after stage 3 for Quads
ALEXIS HERNANDEZ RACING
Results for Cars
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA
JEAN PAUL COTTRET
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL
Overall results after stage 3 for Cars
Stage 3 Results for Trucks
RICARDO ADRIAN TORLASCHI
ADRIAN ARTURO YACOPINI
YPF INFINIA DIESEL TEAM DE
KAMAZ - MASTER
Overall results after stage 3 for Trucks
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