Dakar Rally 2023: Hero MotoSport Team Rally Stage 3 update
Three riders which are a part of the Hero MotoSport Team Rally squadron finished in the overall top 15 rankings in Stage 3 of the Rally GP Class of the Dakar Rally 2023 in Saudi Arabia. Joaquim “J-Rod” Rodrigues, finished the Stage in 9th position, followed by his teammate Ross Branch in 14th place. Franco Caimi and Sebastian Buhler finished Stage 3 of the Dakar in 16th and 21st place respectively in the Rally GP Class.
Dakar Rally 2023 Stage 3
Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally 2023 was far easier for the competitors thanks to the absence of rocks in the terrain, with a picturesque landscape for the riders to look on. At the end of the day, the rains caused trouble however, with the stage being halted at the third checkpoint (377km). Hero MotoSport's riders had finished the stage before the weather got unfavourable.
J-Rod’s comfort with the terrain meant he finished in 9th, moving up by one place in the overall Rally GP class standings. Ross Brach pushed his way further up the rankings as well, now at 10th place in the overall rankings. Franco Caimi moved up two places in the overall Rally GP class standings, despite him not feeling fully comfortable with the bike during the stage.
Provisional Overall Rankings (Rally GP Class)
P1: Daniel Sanders (Red Bull Gas Gas Factory Racing) – 14h05m38s
P2: Mason Klein (BAS World KTM Racing Team) – +4m4s
P3: Kevin Benavides (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – +6m53s
P10: Ross Branch (Hero MotoSports Team Rally) – +23m42s
P13: Sebastian Buhler (Hero MotoSports Team Rally) – +33m54s
P14: Franco Caimi (Hero MotoSports Team Rally) – +34m20s
P16: Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero MotoSports Team Rally) – +42m50s