Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally saw Yamaha’s Xavier de Soultrait fastest on two wheels at the end of the day. Soultrait was 15 seconds faster than Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla. Honda’s Kevin Benavides managed to salvage something for the team by taking the third spot. Honda’s Kevin Benavides managed to salvage something for the team by taking the third spot. Adrien van Beveren’s fourth place maintains his consistent string of positive results. It was a day to forget for KTM as their riders, Sam Sunderland, Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Luciano Benavides, were not up to the mark. Sunderland was eight and a half minutes off the winner in fifth as Price brought his bike across in ninth spot. Luciano and Walkner were 14th and 15th, with a sizeable gap to the stage winner, Soultrait.
Hero’s Oriol Mena managed to break into the top ten over the course of 331km. His eighth spot on the day has helped him climb up the leaderboard to 12th overall. He is four minutes quicker than 13th-placed Sherco-TVS Racing’s Lorenzo Santolino. Lorenzo just missed out on a stage top ten, ending the day in eleventh, a great morale booster for the upcoming days.
Aravind KP has much to cheer as the Indian-lad has for the first time in his three-year Dakar stint managed to cross the finish line of day three. Aravind has also managed to improve his overall positioning in the rally, climbed up three spots to 58th. CS Santosh ended the day with a lowly 64th position.
Stage 4 will be the longest competitive day in the 2019 Dakar as competitors will cover close to 405km. It is also the beginning of the marathon stage which means the participants have to take extra caution as they will not be meeting their service crews at the end of the day.
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