Hero MotoSports finish round three on a high despite changes to the Silk Way Rally stage structure
Franco Caimi pleased with the Hero 450 Rally bike on the treacherous Stage three of Silk WayHero MotoSports

Hero MotoSports finish round three on a high despite changes to the Silk Way Rally stage structure

Franco Caimi keeps the Hero MotoSports momentum running with third place at Round three of Silk Way Rally

Hero MotoSports completed the third round of the Silk Way Rally with all the three riders in the top 10. Franco Caimi seemed to enjoy the track more than his teammates and finished a solid third. Sebastian Buhler maintained a steady ride through the stage, finishing fifth. Joaquim Rodrigues managed to finish ninth even after facing a technical difficulty.

Buhler relied on his notes in his navigation handbook to finish the stage
Buhler relied on his notes in his navigation handbook to finish the stageHero MotoSports

This race was supposed to start in Russia and finish in Ulgii in Mongolia. The organisers decided not to cross the border of Mongolia for the remainder of the rally. They elected to run the remainder of the stages inside Russia. The Silk Way Rally has also been cut short to five stages from the initial ten.

The stage went through changes as race was restricted to Russia
The stage went through changes as race was restricted to RussiaHero MotoSports

The special section of round three was 166km long which had a climb to a plateau along stony roads with many sharp rocks. Post the ascent, the remainder of the special stage consisted of fast stretches along the mountain plateau as well as water crossings across the numerous mountain rivers. Caimi and Buhler were able to challenge the unforgiving conditions with relative ease when compared to teammate J-Rod, who had the engine of his bike flooded with water while trying to cross a river. He showed his resilience by taking the engine apart, draining the water and then assembling it back together before finishing the stage.

J-Rod fixed his motorcycle in the stage and managed to finish in the top 10
J-Rod fixed his motorcycle in the stage and managed to finish in the top 10Hero MotoSports

This is what J-Rod had to say about the stage, “Today was not a good day for me. Around 80km into the stage, we had a river crossing, and I did not realize how deep it was. The water was up to my shoulders and the bike fell over, causing the engine and other parts to get flooded. I was able to get the bike out of the water, but I had to take the bike apart to drain the water from the engine. I lost a lot of time because of this, but luckily, I was able to restart the bike and complete the stage. Things are not going my way, but this is racing. I am healthy, and I will keep pushing.”

Round three was considered as the first leg of the marathon
Round three was considered as the first leg of the marathonHero MotoSports

Under the new race schedule, the track of this stage was changed as well. This stage was treated as the first leg of the marathon stage. This meant that the riders did not have assistance from their team and had to carry out repairs by themselves in the bivouac set up for them in Kosh-Agach.

Silk Way has been cut short to five stages from the initial ten
Silk Way has been cut short to five stages from the initial tenHero MotoSports

The riders will have to complete the same track in reverse for round four. They will trace their path back to Gorno-Altaysk, where they will be reunited with their service teams. The rally then will host the fifth and the final round on July 6. The rounds will host a loop around Gorno-Altaysk, before concluding the event with the podium ceremonies.

Round Three Ranking

Overall Ranking after Stage Three

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