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Dakar 2022: Hero MotoSports, Joaquim Rodrigues win Stage 3 | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Printed On Jan 05, 2022 11:12:00 AM

Carlos Sainz gained Stage Three within the vehicles class for Audi, scoring the first-ever Dakar stage win for an electrical automotive.

Hero MotoSports had loads to have fun after Stage Three of the 2022 Dakar Rally, with Joaquim Rodrigues handing the workforce their first ever Dakar stage win. That is the primary time that an Indian workforce has achieved this feat – the Sherco TVS Rally Manufacturing facility Crew has gained Dakar levels previously, however was operated as an Indo-French outfit.

Rainfall continued to hinder the deliberate route and the stage needed to be diminished to a 255km particular that includes each moist sand and chains of dunes.

  • Aaron Mare and Joaquim Rodrigues stand 10th and 17th general
  • Sam Sunderland leads in bikes class
  • Nasser Al-Attiyah leads in vehicles class as Loeb runs into bother

Joaquim Rodrigues wins Stage 3

Rodrigues has been in restoration mode after operating into navigation bother within the opening stage. In Stage 3, he took the lead after the 218-km mark and managed to set the most effective time. That is additionally Rodrigues’ maiden Dakar stage win – the Portuguese rider has been a part of Hero MotoSports for the reason that workforce’s inception in 2016.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased with how my day has turned out. Though the stage was actually quick, with plenty of problem round alternating dunes and tracks, I used to be in a position to push exhausting proper from the very first kilometre,” Rodrigues rejoiced.

He additional stated, “The Hero Rally 450 has been performing extraordinarily nicely, and I’m pleased that our nice mixture has helped convey house the primary stage win on the Dakar. Thanks Hero MotoSports for all the trouble they’ve invested in me, and for placing me via numerous races this 12 months – this has positively boosted my confidence by leaps and bounds.” The victory boosts Rodrigues to 17th general.

His teammate Aaron Mare put in a constant efficiency to stay within the general high 10. An 18th place end within the stage means he at present stands 10th general.

Harith Noah 31st general

Harith Noah continued making regular progress. The one Indian rider competing this 12 months completed Stage Three in 29th place, as he continues gaining confidence on his new TVS Sherco 450 SEF Rally bike.

He’s gained a spot within the basic classification and is as much as 31st general.

Sainz wins Stage Three for Audi

GasGas rider Sam Sunderland holds on to the general lead within the bikes class, however the hole between him and second-placed Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) is simply 4 seconds.

Carlos Sainz made historical past of his personal after successful Stage Three for Audi, with this being the primary Dakar stage win for an electrical automotive. That is additionally the three-time Dakar champion’s 40th stage win.

Making their Dakar debut this 12 months, Audi has entered the RS Q e-tron within the new T1 Final class. The electrical prototype makes use of three electrical motors, with a DTM-sourced petrol engine serving as an influence supply to cost the batteries.

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to steer within the vehicles class, regardless of ending eighth within the stage. This was largely resulting from troubles confronted by his nearest rival, Sebastien Loeb (Bahrain Raid Xtreme).

Loeb completed the stage over 33 minutes behind Sainz, as he suffered a damaged longitudinal transmission and a number of punctures on his Prodrive-built Hunter prototype. He ended up making it to the end line on two-wheel drive.

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