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Tragedy and triumph on Dakar Day 3


THE third day of the 2015 instalment of the Dakar Rally was marred by the tragic passing of Polish motorcycle rider, Michal Hernik.

The 39-year-old was running 85th in the event until officials noticed that he did not cross through to finish the stage. His body was found 300 meters off route at the 206-kilometre mark of the 220-kilometre stage.

It was a great day for rookie rider, Matthias Walkner, as he claimed his first stage win ahead of the great Marc Coma and Joan Barreda.

 In the car category, our own Giniel de Villiers continued his strong run in this year’s event with another second place finish which sees him maintain second overall while Orlando Terranova claimed a stage victory of his own.


Dakar Rally 2015 Stage 3 Bike Results 
1. Matthias Walkner, AUT (KTM) 2hr34min28s 
2. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 2hr35min08s 
3. Joan Barreda, ESP (Honda) 2hr36min21s
4. Toby Price, AUS (KTM) 2hr37min13s
5. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Honda) 2hr37min17s 
6. Alain Duclos, FRA (Sherco) 2hr37min39s 
7. Ruben Faria, PRT (KTM) 2hr37min54s 
8. Jeremias Israel, CHL (Honda) 2hr38min30s 
9. Jordi Viladoms, ESP (KTM) 2hr39min04s 
10. Juan Pedrero Garcia, ESP (Yamaha) 2hr39min49s

 Dakar Rally Day 3 Bikes Overall Standings
1. Joan Barreda (ESP) Honda 9h43min05s
2. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Honda +5min33s
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM +10min33s
4. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +10min50s
5. Ruben Faria (POR) KTM +12min10s
6. Toby Price (AUS) KTM +12min24s
7. Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +14min07s
8. Jeremias Israel Esquerre (CHI) Honda +18min33s
9. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Honda +18min34s
10. Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP) Yamaha +23min02s



Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results

  1. Terranova (ARG), Mini  02hr57min28s 
  2. De Villiers (ZAF) Toyota +01min54s   
  3. Alrajhi (SAU) Toyota +02min52s   
  4.  Sainz (ESP) Peugeot +04min06s   
  5.  Al-Attiyah (QAT) Mini +04min18s   
  6. Roma (ESP) Mini +05min58s  
  7. Peterhansel (FRA) Peugeot+09min26s   
  8. Van Loon (NLD) Mini +11min57s   
  9. Chabot (FRA) SMG +15min49s   
  10. 10.Lavielle (FRA) Toyota +16min28s   

Dakar Rally, Cars Overall Standings Day 3
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Mini 9h21min26s
2. Giniel De Villiers (RSA) Toyota +5min18s
3. Orlando Terranova (ARG) Mini +18min05s
4. Carlos Sainz (ESP) Peugeot +19min32s
5. Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU) Toyota +20min08s
6. Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Mini +25min24s
7. Erik Van Loon (NED) Mini +27min43s
8. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NED) Toyota +36min22s
9. Carlos Sousa (POR) Mitsubishi +41min52s
10. Christian Lavieille (FRA) Toyota +43min38s

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