Honda continued the tendency once more today in the longest stage of the Rally OiLibya of Morocco. The race concluded in Zagora with a third consecutive win for the CRF450 RALLY. Joan Barreda was once again the fastest, and Paulo Goncalves takes over the overall leadership.
At the end of a long gruelling day in Zagora, Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda was once again the fastest in the 2014 edition of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco. The Spanish rider was heavily penalized yesterday for excess speed, with a thirty minutes penalty that saw his triumph annulled and passed down to yesterday’s runner-up, his fellow Honda team-mate, Jeremias Israel. Today Barreda got off to a storming start, yet again proving himself to be the fastest on the track, leaving another HRC rider, Paulo Goncalves two and a half minutes behind. Honda and the CRF450 RALLY thus clinch the third double in three days.
Portuguese Goncalves, managed to keep up a cracking pace throughout the stage, fighting a splendid comeback that sees him move up to the top of the overall leader-board, with a forty second advantage over Marc Coma.
Joan Barreda:There was a very fast liasion between Erfoud and Zagora, with a lot of rutted ground, where we had to really push. It was very tough. Yesterday, I finished the stage totally convinced of having done a good job. In the end we found something that we haven’t seen in 30 years of rallying with a penalty like that. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, and if the rule applies to everyone.
Paulo Goncalves:It was a long and hard stage with a lot of tricky navigation. Some dunes and rocks. But I pushed hard and closed down on Marc, and now I’m leader in the overall standings. I’m happy for me and for Team HRC. We’ll try and get another good result tomorrow.
Results Stage 3
1 Joan Barreda 3:14’15 ESP HONDA Team HRC
2 Paulo Goncalves +02’30 PRT HONDA Team HRC
3 Sam Sunderland +05’22 GBR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Chaleco López +07’07 CHI KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Marc Coma +07’18 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
Provisional after Stage 3
1 Paulo Goncalves 8:54’39 PRT HONDA Team HRC
2 Marc Coma +00’41 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Helder Rodrigues +12’21 PRT HONDA Team HRC
4 Sam Sunderland +12’29 GBR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Ruben Faria +13’33 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
Text/Photo: PR Team HRC