Dakar Rally: Benavides and Andújar improve their overall positions

The Argentine champions of Dakar Rally, Kevin Benavides from Salta (motorcycles) and Manuel Andújar (quads) from Buenos Aires, improved their positions in the general classification after third stage of the competition with a loop circuit in the city of Al Qaisumah in Saudi Arabia.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Benavides jumped from eleventh to eighth after qualifying just eighth in the set this Tuesday with a time of 2h39m09s (+4: 28) to cover the timed distance of 255 kilometers.

The winner of the day was the Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero Motorsports Team Rally), escorted by the Australian Toby Price, teammate of the Argentine, and American rookie Mason Klein (Bas Dakar KTM).

In the global classification, the Salta player is 17m45s behind British leader Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing), champion of the 2017 edition.

Benavides, the first South American rider to win the Dakar in the motorcycle division, seeks the record of winning it with a different brand – last year he did it with Honda-, something that nobody achieved since the most extreme rally left Europe and Africa, to start its stage in South America (2009-2019) and Saudi Arabia (since 2020).

His younger brother Luciano, 26, a member of the official Husqvarna team, entered in 17th place on the stage (+ 21m21s).

The other Argentines of the divisional two-wheelers finished in the following positions: Diego Gamaliel Llanos (KTM) in 36th place; Diego Noras (Husqvarna) in 69, Joaquín Debeljuh Taruselli (KTM) in 85 and Matías Notti (KTM) in the 119.

Quadricycles

Andújar (Yamaha 7240 Team) finished third on the stage and advanced from sixth to fourth place, with a difference of 31m33s from the lead.

The main protagonist of the day was the representative of the United States from Cordoba, Pablo Copetti (Yamaha Rally Team), who won the partial with a record of 3h12m48s and was the leader of the general classification, with a 15m29s handicap over French guard Alexandre Giroud (Yamaha Racing SMX Drag’on).

Within 10 quads first places The rookie from Mendoza Francisco Moreno (Yamaha Drag’on Rally Team) is also in the sixth step and Carlos Verza (Yamaha Verza Rally Team) from Chaco in the tenth.

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Cars

Mendoza’s Lucio Alvarez (Overdrive Toyota) arrived ninth in stage 3 and occupies the third place in the accumulated table 42m06s behind Qatari leader and three-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing).

The 44-year-old from San Rafael is third overall at 40m53s behind Qatari leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing), who was a guard on Monday. Stage 2 it corresponded to Sébastien Loeb (Prodrive), thus adding his 15th victory in six participations. The experienced Mendoza Orlando Terranova (Prodrive) – eleventh overall – arrived in the 13th., And his locals Sebastián Halpern (Mini) and Juan Cruz Yacopini (Overdrive Toyota) They were 16th. and 33rd. respectively.

Halpern (X-Raid Mini) and Terranova (Prodrive) rank eighth and tenth respectively, after to be located this Tuesday in position 21 and 10 of the partial obtained by the Spanish Carlos Sainz with his hybrid motor Audi.

The fourth stage to be held tomorrow It will be between Al Qaisumahy Riyadh, with a total of 707 kilometers and 465 kilometers of special, and the Dakar will thus advance south to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

The longest special of the rally consists of a full menu: fast tracks for about 200 kilometers, dune cords of varying size and a stony end of the stage. One of the acid tests of the first week.

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