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Honda’s Goncalves Wins Final Stage Of Atacama Rally As KTM Dominates Overall Results

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Honda’s Goncalves Wins Final Stage Of Atacama Rally As KTM Dominates Overall Results
Team HRC‰Ûªs Portuguese ace collected his third special stage win as the Atacama Rally, the fifth round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship ‰ÛÒ came to an end over the weekend.

It turned out to be a successful day all-round for Team HRC and, in particular, for Paulo Gon̤alves, who stormed to victory today with a ferocious pace in the 100 kilometre special stage.

The start had once again been delayed for two hours due to heavy early morning mist. The HRC rider has put in ever more consistent performances since the opening day‰Ûªs mishap which robbed him of a win in the first full stage. This persistence has paid off over the course of the week and has seen the rider continue an ascent up the overall scoreboard, posting a well-deserved sixth final place.

"Today was a great special stage." Goncalves said. "I started out very focused on attacking. I wanted to win the special and regain some of the positions in the overall rankings.

"I finished sixth and I won another stage. I‰Ûªm pleased with the work and with Team HRC‰Ûªs performance."

Goncalves won the stage ahead of Red Bull Rally Factory KTM rider Sam Sunderland, with KTM Warsaw Rally Team's Pablo Quintanilla rounding out the stage in 3rd position ahead of Australian Toby Price to secure the overall rally win.
Honda’s Goncalves Wins Final Stage Of Atacama Rally As KTM Dominates Overall Results
Quintanila won the event by a narrow 49 seconds as KTM Riders dominated the top five spots overall - RallyZone Bauer/Barni
Quintanila won the event by a narrow 49 seconds, from KTM Red Bull Factory rider Mathias Walker, with Sunderland rounding out the podium as KTM rider claimed the top five positions overall, with Jordi Viladoms in 4th and Daniel Gouet in 5th.

Price who lost a huge amount of time on Stage two due to speeding time penalties was able to re-group on the final three day's consistently running at the front of the field and ended the event in 10th place overall.

"Disappointed in the overall result at the ?AtacamaRally? but it's good to clock up some more miles!" Toby posted on his facebook page at the conclusion of the event.

"I finished the final day in 4th and 10th overall so I can't complain, Bring on Morocco!

"Thanks to all the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team for making me feel at home and having a great time even after my big mistake."

FINAL RESULTS OF ATACAMA RALLY 2015
1. QUINTANILLA Pablo - CHI KTM Warsaw Rally Team 11:07'34
2. WALKNER Mathias - AUT KTM Red Bull Rally Factory + 0'49
3. SUNDERLAND Sam - GBR KTM Red Bull Rally Factory + 3'14
4. VILADOMS Jordi - SPA KTM Red Bull Rally Factory + 21'28
5. GOUET Daniel - CHI KTM + 37'48
6. GONCALVES Paulo - POR Team HRC + 53'02
7. PROHENS Felipe - CHI Team Hermanos Prohens + 1:06'14
8. ISRAEL Jeremias - CHI Team HRC + 1:33'52
9. ALBALOOSHI Mohammed - UAE KTM UAC + 1:36'30
10. PRICE Toby - AUS KTM AUS Rally Factory + 1:46'18

Top Image: Paulo Goncalves on is way to victory on the final stage of the Atacama Rally

Credit: Honda

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