PABLO QUINTANILLA TAKES CONTROL AT 2019 DAKAR RALLY

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RALLY STAR IS THE PROVISIONAL OVERALL LEADER AFTER STAGE THREE IN PERU Pablo Quintanilla has delivered the goods on Wednesday’s stage three of the Dakar Rally. Securing a close runner-up result on the day’s timed special stage, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider is now the rally’s provisional overall leader with three out of 10 stages contested in Peru.

Battling through a tough stage, Andrew Short retains his position inside the top 10 in the provisional overall standings. Bringing his FR 450 Rally machine safely to the end of the tough stage, Andrew claimed a 12th place result on stage three of the rally.

Pablo Quintanilla: “The real Dakar has just started and I’m happy with where I’m at right now. Today we had a difficult stage. There was a lot of fog and in some parts you couldn’t see far ahead. If you tried to push, you ended up missing the right tracks. I took my time there and rode really carefully. At one crucial point in the mountains I made the right decision and gained some time to my rivals. Navigation today was really tricky. I’m having fun on my bike at the moment and I want to keep that same momentum going for the stages to come.”

Andrew Short: “It was a tough day for me but I’m still in the race and that’s what matters the most. I had two crashes in the opening part of the stage and that cost me some time. Conditions were tough, it was foggy and you could hardly see in front of your fender. I was lucky to escape those crashes unharmed and I went on to finish the stage. Today there were many direction changes and navigation was tricky. Together with most of the first riders, we got lost searching for a tricky waypoint and that cost us all some more time. The race is proving to be quite tough and I’m now focusing on the stages to come.”

2019 Dakar Rally – Stage 3 Provisional Classification 1. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 04:07:42 2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 04:07:57 3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 04:10:19 4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 04:14:24 5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 04:16:08 6. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) 04:17:13 … 12. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 04:22:52

2019 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 3 1. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 08:34:28 2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 08:45:51 3. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 08:46:40 4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 08:47:57 5. Toby Price (KTM) 08:49:45 6. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 08:51:20 … 10. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 09:03:43

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