For the second day in a row Joan Barreda (Honda) set the day’s fastest time in the special stage but was denied the win due to a penalty for speeding in the link section. The 5 minutes added to his stage time dropped the Spaniard down to fourth for the day and handed the win to his team mate Paulo Gonçalves. Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) was classified second just four seconds ahead of yesterday’s stage winner, Kevin Benavides (Honda).
Toby Price (KTM) put yesterday’s somewhat disappointing performance behind him and claimed fifth ahead of Antoine Meo (Husqvarna).
In the overall standings after stage four it is a Honda 1-2-3 with Gonçalves on top ahead of Benavides and Barreda. Stefan Svitko (KTM), Faria (Husqvarna) and Mathias Walkner (KTM) complete the top six.
As far as the Southern African interest in the bike category goes, Kobus Potgieter (KTM) came home in 107th today which puts him in 110th place in the overall rankings. Wessel Bosman, riding in the colours of Lesotho, came home in 115th place and is now 120th overall.
In the quad class two-time champion Marcos Patronelli took the lead at CP1, going on to win by 16 seconds from Alexis Hernández with overall leader Ignacio Casale a further nine seconds back. South African Brian Baragwanath, who was in second place overall at the start of the stage, had a problem early on losing over 45 minutes to the leaders. He fought his way back through the field but could only work his way up to 24th by the time he reached the end of the stage. His team mates, George Twigge and Ted Barbier, finished the stage in 14th and 41st places respectively.
With Baragwanath experiencing problems, Casale now has a lead of over 12 minutes at the head of the overall standings. Brazilian Marcelo Medeiros has moved up to second while Marcos Patronelli’s stage win puts him in third. Baragwanath drops from second all the way down to 16th. Twigge is in 21st and Barbier 36th.
Featured Image – Joan Barreda
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