Javier Pizzolito (Honda CRF 450) took his first stage win in the race and climbed to the second position in the General, following the retirements of Paul Quintanilla (KTM450) and Joan Barreda Bort (Honda CRF 450). Paulo Goncalves (Honda CRF450) completed smoothly the day in Fiambala and is heading for a victory in Motorcycles.
The Route 40 Challenge visit to Fiambalá had direct consequences on the general classification of the category Motorbikes. Blows began from early stage with the retirements of Quintanilla and Barreda Bort; Chile had mechanical problems at km 25, while a few meters before the Spanish suffered a fall that caused a strong injury in his knee, but was able to route assistance on their own.
Goncalves, the leader of the race, was not without its problems. The Portuguese suffered a fall while descending a dune and cut an electric wire from his Honda but after losing several repairing minutes, was able to continue.
Who had no trouble in Catamarca dunes was Pizzolito, who asserted their expertise in navigation and had no problem opening the road most of the stage: “Today was a good chance for my starting position but from kilometer 40 He touched me open the stage. The idea was to try to navigate neat, but without losing pace; this is a stage in which risk can change many things, the terrain is unpredictable so you have to be careful, “he said upon arrival at the bivouac.
Pinamar driver completed 220 competitive kilometers of the day in 3h26m27s, surpassing by just 14 seconds the surprising Ricky Bravec (Honda CRF450), the third driver for Team HRC, which every day is more competitive.
Third place in the penultimate partial Challenge Route 40, which corresponded to Goncalves gave 3m09s, but still dominates overall with 19m54s ahead of his new bodyguard, Pizzolito. The third place now belongs to David Casteu (KTM 450 Rally), which appears almost an hour and a half off the pace.
Stage 4 Results
1 PIZZOLITO, Javier (ARG) ARG HONDA CRF 450 3.26.27
2 BRAVEC, Ricky (USA) USA HONDA CRF 450 3.26.41
3 GONCALVES, Paulo (PRT) PRT HONDA CRF 450 3.29.36