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STAGE 5: TWO CHILEAN WINNERS:
QUINTANILLA 1ST, CORNEJO WORLD CHAMPION
COPIAPÓ, Chile, 2016, August 27.-
The Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) won for the fourth consecutive year the Atacama Rally, fourth round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship, getting the first win for the Austrian motos of the year after a brilliant race between Bahía Inglesa and Copiapo, and after start with 1 minutes 26 seconds back. While another chilean, Jose Ignacio Cornejo, won the world champion title in Junior category.
It was not easy for Quintanilla get his first win of the year of the World Championship, because during the race suffered a penalty of 6 minutes in a restriction speed sone and last night his adversary, Australian Toby Price (KTM), last Dakar winner, corrected time his, starting today with 1 minute and 26 seconds ahead.
It could be even more difficult the final stage for Quintanilla, because the shortest distance of the test was run: only 104 kilometers. However, Quintanilla left behind Price ready to catch him, and if he do it, he could get on the podium in the first position, as they had gone off with two minutes away. In the race, he could achieve after a mistake by Australian, who took the wrong path. It was the time of the Chilean to arrive at the goal area Position One (former Dakar camp) five seconds ahead of Price, enough to win in the final instance.
"I'm more than happy with this victory which cost me a lot. It is the fourth consecutive in the Atacama Rally and the first as Husqvarna pilot. And it is even more special after 6 minutes penalty I suffered, and the minute that gave him last night. That is, I recovered 7 minutes down to win by 29 seconds”, said Quintanilla at the foot of the hotel Antay Quintanilla Copiapo, where the bivouac is located.
"Now, I’ll think about the last race (1 to 7 October at the Oilibya, Morocco) where I hope to stay in first place in the ranking and won my first world title. Then focus on the 2017 Dakar, which unfortunately will not run in Chile”.
Meanwhile, the defeated Toby Price gave a double hug of congratulations to Chilean. The first was in the deserte, bike to bike, and the second was in the lobby of hotel Antay. "It is difficult to accept defeat, but when one is earning well, as Paul did, we must accept it and congratulate him. He beat fair and deserved it for all he did in these almost two thousand kilometers of racing”, said the KTM rider.
In the quads series, the only driver endingthe race was Poland's Rafal Sonik, world series champion and Dakar champion. The European recorded for 1,800 km 18 hours 35 seconds and achieved his 5ft world title.
"It is a pleasure to have been in Chile competing, although I would have liked to have had more competitors in my category. Unfortunately, the other riders had mechanical problems and could not finish. I hope to have the same performance in the next Dakar and meet there with Ignacio Casale”, said the Polish Sonik.
The chilean José Ignacio Cornejo (KTM) won the world title in the Junior series by adding enough points just before the last date of the tournament. The 21 years old rider won in Qatar and now in Chile, now being in the fourth position in the world ranking adult, where Quintanilla is a leader.
In the Cars category for the National Championship of Chile, won Antonio Hasbún, who won practically every stage, beating Roberto Hernandez and Jaime Prohens, former motorcyclist, who participated in a Polaris UTV. The winning time was 15 hours 37 minutes 29 seconds.
"After many problems before the race, I was able to get to Antofagasta and race. I'm glad with this important victory after years of competing in this category and in an atmosphere of fellowship. I hope return next year to Atacama Rally, this race is very demanding”, said Antonio Hasbún, who ran with Bryan Garvey.
STAGE 5 (104 kms)
1° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), 58' 51'
2° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/HRC), +1’27”
3° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), +1’55”
4° Sam Sunderland (Austria / KTM), +3’54”
5° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal / Honda CRF), +4’04”
1° Rafal Sonik (Polonia / Yamaha), 2:10:44
1° Antonio Hasbún/Bryan Garvey (Chile/Gran Bretaña-SPCNS DB62),
2° Roberto Hernández/Claudio Rodríguez (Chile-Sam Mercedes), + 9’25”
3° Álvaro Chicharro/Patricio Lagarre (Chile-Foton Terracota), +11’02”
3° Jaime Prohens/Rodrigo Caballero (Chile-Polaris) +2:45’03
1° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), 11:48:38
2° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), +29''
3° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/HRC), +9´35”
4° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal /HRC), +10’02”8
5° Sam Sunderland (Great Britain/KTM), +38’43”
1° Rafal Sonik (Polonia / Yamaha), 18:00:35
1° Antonio Hasbún/Bryan Garvey (Chile/Great Britain-SPCNS DB62),
2° Roberto Hernández/Claudio Rodríguez (Chile-Sam Mercedes), +51’16”
3° Jaime Prohens/Rodrigo Caballero (Chile-Polaris) +2:45’03
FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING
1° Pablo Quintanilla / Chile / Huaqvarna, 77 POINTS
2° Sam Sunderland / Great Britain / KTM, 66
3° Toby Price / Australia / KTM, 57
4° José Ignacio Cornejo / Chile / KTM, 40
5° Pierre Alexandre Renet / France / Husqvarna, 39
STAGE 4: VICTORY OF GONÇALVES;
PRICE AND QUINTANILLA, LEADERS
BAHÍA INGLESA, Copiapó, Chile, 2016, August 26.-
Today's stage was won by Portuguese Paulo Goncalves (Honda) with 2 hours 29 minutes 35 seconds to the 370 km route between Bahía Inglesa, Vallenar and Bahía Inglesa, which had a delay of an hour and half by dense fog over the Atacama desert that prevented the takeoff of the safety helicopter for competitors.
Just at noon could leave competitors who are struggling to score points for the FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship, where the British Sam Sunderland (KTM) is the leader with 52 points, followed by Chilean Pablo Quintanilla with 46, both with the possibility of crown as champion in the next date of the Championship in Morocco, between October 1 to 7.
Toby Price arrived in second place, just 20 seconds behind Gonçalves. Pablo Quintanilla finished third, by 25 seconds.
"My goal is not to risk on this date, but secure the points to be over Sunderland in the Championship. My focus is to be world champion, and it didn’t happen to me last year where I lost the title at the end”, said Quintanilla.
Toby Price (KTM) is now leading the Atacama Rally by 1’26’’ over Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna).
In principle, Quintanilla had maintained the gap to the leader to 26 seconds, but during the pilots reunion on Friday night, the direction of the race reported that the time of Price was rectified by a CP1 position error on Stage 3, which was invested. The organization played down one minute to the overall time of Price, the same that lost looking for the way point.
This Saturday will take place the fifth and final stage of 104 kilometers in Copiapo, which in principle has the depart at 10:30 from bivouac at Bahía Inglesa, and at 12:30 the start from the special stage.
ATACAMA RALLY STAGES
Saturday, August 27, 10:30: Stage 5, Bahía Inglesa-Copiapó, 104 kms. Close ceremony Hotel Antay, Copiapó.
RESULTS STAGE 4 (370 kms)
1° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal / Honda CRF), 2:29:35
2° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), +20''
3° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), +25''
4° Sam Sunderland (Austria / KTM), a 3’33”
5° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/KTM), a 4’46”
1° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), 10:49:21
2° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), a 1'26''
3° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal / Honda CRF), a 6’24”
4° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/KTM), a 8’34”
5° Matthias Walkner (Austria / KTM), a 33’01”
STAGE 3: QUINTANILLA WON,
PRICE LEADING THE OVERALL
BAHÍA INGLESA, Copiapó, Chile, August 25, 2016.- In a day full of sunshine the 19 drivers participating in the Atacama Rally for the fourth round of the World Rally Championship Cross Country, penetrated to the Atacama Desert, the most arid in the planet, to meet the 202.78 kilometers of stage 3, where the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) won the race to advance to second place in the overall standings, keeping the Australian Toby Price (KTM) as sole leader. Argentinian Kevin Benavides (Honda) appears third at 4'08’’. Already in the Medanoso, one of the highest dunes in the world, the thermometer marked 25 degrees. Quintanilla (Husqvarna) recorded for 202.78 km route 2 hours 10 minutes 55 seconds, followed by Argentinian Kevin Benavides (Honda) to 3'28 ", Australian Toby Price (KTM) at 5'29", Portuguese Paulo Goncalves (Honda) to 8.01" and the British Sam Sunderland (KTM) at 12'13". Today's race was characterized by a complex route that moved along tracks and in the dunes, highlighting the Medanoso, which was saved with relative success by competitors, as most accused problems, especially those of KTM who complained the road book. However, the other teams and competitors had no problems with the official road book. Who went bad was the Spanish Laia Sanz, who ran out of gas at 3 kilometers from the finish line, reaching the last control having pushed her bike during 3 km. While the iquiqueño Ignacio Cornejo (KTM), who is a serious contender for the world title in the Junior category, is in the number nine position. In quads, the Polish Rafal Sonic still competing alone, since Gaston Gonzalez had engine failure of his Yamaha and left the race. Tomorrow the day will start from the service park located on the waterfront of Bahía Inglesa resort when the clock tick 9:30 hr, with a path of 370 kilometers in the desert near Bahía Inglesa and Vallenar.
Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna): "It was a difficult stage, very difficult to navigate because it was hard to find the right direction. But I tried to keep pace in a race where I made some mistakes with GPS. But there are two race days to shorten the distance between Toby Price and keep fighting to win".
Toby Price (KTM): "There was a lot of difficulty with the road book, we'll have to see that. However, I am satisfied with the result today despite trouble finding the route".
Paulo Goncalves (Honda): "It was hard to run today because I struggled to find the way points and even I lost. In addition, it still hurts belly after yesterday's fall, so I'll have to see with the doctor."
Laia Sanz (KTM): "Three kilometers from the finish I ran out of gasoline by a situation that I have no explanation now. I had to push the machine for 1,500 meters and on the downhills I climbed on the bike to go further. I will see with my team for what happened. But while I am happy to be here, in the desert, with this beautiful day and without dust as previous days."
Matthias Walkner (KTM): "I'm just 80% of my physical condition after more than six months without activity by the injury I suffered in the past Dakar. At times I feel good and in others I feel bad. Today I made a mistake and lost time. I still need more race rhythm."
ATACAMA RALLY STAGES
Friday 26, August, 10:30 hrs: Stage 4, Bahía Inglesa-Vallenar-Bahía Inglesa, 370 kms.
Saturday 27 August, 10:30 hrs: Stage 5, Bahía Inglesa-Copiapó, 104. Close ceremony Hotel Antay, Copiapó.
RESULTS ETAPA 3 (202,78 km)
1° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), 2:10:55
2° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/KTM), +3’28”
3° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), +5´29”
4° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal / Honda CRF), +8’01”
5° Sam Sunderland (Austria / KTM), +12’13”
1° Rafal Sonik (Poland/Yamaha), 3:39’07”
1° Toby Price (Australia / KTM), 8:19:26
2° Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna/Chile), + .21”
3° Kevin Benavides (Argentina/KTM), +4’08”
4° Paulo Goncalves (Portugal / Honda CRF), +7’44”
5° Matthias Walkner (Austria / KTM), +26’11”
1° Rafal Sonik (Poland/Yamaha), 12:24’43”
TOBY PRICE QUEDA COMO LÍDER DEL ATACAMA RALLY
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