Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo, fourth, and Michael Metge, fifth, continued the flow of Honda's and rode to their best performances in this Desert Challenge. Ricky Brabec, sixth, held a solid pace ahead of Kevin Benavides, seventh place finisher on the day.
"Today I had a good stage, the best for me since we started this rally," Cornejo said. "I felt that I had a better pace, I was able to read the desert faster, which is not easy at all. I made it back well, without any problems. I could have found that pace earlier, but we're here to learn and improve, and I think that's what I'm doing. Tomorrow we will accelerate right up to the final kilometre."
Michael Metge hada bit of trouble with the conditions, admitting he didn't have a complete handle on the landscape.
"The first part was similar to the second stage special: large dunes and many of them cut," Metge said. "I haven‰Ûªt completely understood how to read this type of dunes and therefore I didn‰Ûªt start out so well at the beginning, but in the second part, which has been something more technical and without so many big dunes, is where I have been able to enjoy being behind the handlebars of the Honda CRF450 RALLY."