Motorcycle racer Gonçalves wins the eleventh stage of Dakar Rally
The Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves has Friday the eleventh and penultimate stage in the Dakar Rally, with his name written.
The Honda rider explained to the two special stages over a total length of 288 kilometers, it is the fastest af, in 3 hours, 18 minutes and 47 seconds.
The caravan had between starting San Juan and finishplek Rio Cuarto less than 759 miles to bridge. For Gonçalves was only his second dagzege in eleven participations in the famous woestijnrally.
His Spanish team-mate Joan Barreda Bort, winner of the third, eighth, and tenth stage, ended Friday at 1.09 minutes if second. The Frenchman Adrien van Beveren ended up on his Yamaha on the third place, on 2.38 mins of the winner.
The British klassementsleider Sam Sunderland (KTM) was fifth with a backlog of 7.25 minutes Gonçalves.
With a safe margin of half an hour at number two on Matthias Walkner from Austria, also on a KTM machine drive, the 27-year-old Sunderland out of the race, Saturday, in the final stage to Buenos Aires is hardly even noticed.