Friday, November 25

Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally, live

Stage 3 of the 2022 Dakar Rally: they are 255 km of special in Al Qaisumah. It was going to be the second part of the marathon stage, but it stayed in ‘normal’. Joan Barreda, on motorcycles, and Seb Loeb, in cars, they open the track and seek to defend the income achieved yesterday. Al-Attiyah can attack, like Carlos Sainz.

6:47: The Dakar defends itself: Castera denies “irregularities”

The rally director replies to Audi and his hints about aid received by Al-Attiyah: Castera denies “irregularities”

6:40: Mare, emergency substitute and shining

Curious about this story, it goes ASO: Aaron Mare closes the top 10 at the start of the special. The South African is Franco Caim’s last minute replacement at Hero Motorsport. A team on which misfortune has been primed, since, like the Argentine, Buhler and Santosh are also absent due to injury. Aaron lends his support to Joaquim Rodrigues and seeks to make the most of this magnificent opportunity to return to riding a factory motorcycle. As a reminder, Aaron started the 2020 Dakar on the back of a Honda HRC, but fell on the first stage and injured his wrist. It was his last appearance. This mechanic based in Dubi was at the start of the final of the world championship in Abu Dhabi on a private motorcycle, just before the fall of Caim. Wolgang Fischer, Hero Team Principal, didn’t think twice.

6:37: The Cornejo Room

The Chilean, Barreda’s partner at Honda, can be a help for Joan

6:35: Barreda loses a lot

Well, the beginning has not been good for Joan Barreda. The Spanish gives up a lot of time. He is 2:49 from Rodrigues Howes and gives up more than a minute with Sunderland or Kevin Benavides and more than two and a half with Price or Howes

6:31: Calienta Van Beveren

It doesn’t hurt to stretch out in the cold in Al Qaisumah. So does Van Beveren, the French hope in motorcycles

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6:30: Pedrero leaves

Joan starts in 19th place with her Rieju. It has had two difficult days, but there it continues, as always. A sure value for your veteran and her cruising pace

6:26: Barreda, at the first crossing point

Joan reaches km 49 of the special. In short, by knowing the times of others, we will know how it has gone

6:25: Studying the road book

Like every day, they receive it right at the start of the special. Play a quick review, like Walkner does

6:24: Santolino comes out in good position

Lorenzo yielded something yesterday in the final section of the stage, with what today part 16. He does it behind Ricky Brabec, an excellent wheel to follow. The man from Salamanca is fifth overall, just 10:55 behind Sunderland. Good opportunity to climb. Without making noise, keep an eye on him

6:17: Sainz, concentrated

Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz are already on their Audi leaving the bivouac bound for the start of the special

6:11: Sunderland, Barreda’s ally?

Sunderland, the overall leader, came out three minutes later than Joan. If he hunts down the Spaniard, together they will open the trail. His experience can be good for the Castellón. Another positive aspect for ‘Bang Bang’ is that it disputes the special, the loop, in the same area as yesterday, with which it knows the terrain

5:58 AM: The cars leave the bivouac

They are already on their way to the start of the special. First out will be Loeb, at 8:25. Then, three minutes later, depart Al-Attiyah, followed by Carlos Sainz

5:55: ‘Classic’ starting order

What has not changed is the way out: The first 10 do it every 3 minutes, from 10 to 20, every 2 and then, every minute. Some ‘roosters’ like Sanders or Quintanilla, who lost a lot yesterday, go far behind, so be careful with their comeback. They can retaliate

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5:47: Sale Barreda

The special starts. Joan Barreda leaves. After his great victory yesterday, which made him the Spaniard in motorcycles with the most partial triumphs, beating the legendary Jordi Arcarons, and the third in the history of the Dakar, the Castellón-born man has a great challenge: to open the track and lose little. The fact that the special has been reduced benefits him. Today is a day to defend. This he and Arcarons himself said yesterday: “I have left my mark”

5:44: Petrucci re-engages

Danilo Petrucci received permission to reengage. The regulation adopted by the Dakar since this edition, that of WRC2, allows racing again after a retirement. Of course, no options in the general. The Italian had an electrical failure in his KTM and was thrown. They evacuated him by helicopter, as well as his mount, which was repaired at the camp. Petrux plans to start in position 51 of the stage

5:41: Motorcycles, on the way to the beginning

They already left their resting places in the camp

5:39: We take off

The helicopter lifts up, the signal that everything is going. Let’s go

5:28: De Villiers, sanctioned for run over

The video caught him running over a motorcycle, that of the Chilean Zumarn. You only have 5 minutes

5:16 AM: The Audis, on stage 2

Audi does the same with its summary of the day before of Sainz, Peterhansel and Ekstrom

5:15: As iba Price

Toby Price posts this video on his networks about how he was doing in stage 2. And it was not his best day …

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5:13: First of all, a lot of calm

For now, there is quiet in the camp. This is shown in the video of the organization with the car of the Czech Prokop

5:10 AM: Delayed departure

The start was initially scheduled for 5:10 on the bikes, but due to changes in the route caused by the rain, it finally took place at 5:45. Joan Barreda to be the first to leave. It starts where CP1 should be

Stage 3 of the 2022 Dakar Rally It should have been the return of the marathon stage, but since it was canceled due to the storms that flooded the camp where the riders were going to sleep alone, it will be a ‘normal’ special, as happened with the 2. It will be a somewhat shorter stage than initially planned (the first 113 planned have been eliminated). It will, therefore, be a comfortable day a priori but in which to stay alert because it can regain prominence to navigation, especially in the final off-piste sections. The terrain on which the day will run will not differ much from the trend of what we have in Dakar, with sand as the main terrain, but also with areas of land and dunes (which will be almost 25% of the route). The mud can also be a special guest, since the rains have fallen strongly in recent days in the northern part of Saudi Arabia. The cold will also play its role, as on the day today in which it has hit the drivers hard, even those in the cars. On two wheels, Barreda, yesterday’s winner, opens the track and Sunderland defends the lead. In cars, Loeb will be the one who is the spearhead and Al-Attiyah who commands the general.

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