Dakar Quads, Stage 3: Baragwanath beats Casale by four seconds

South African rider Brian Baragwanath beat Dakar Rally leader Ignacio Casale by four seconds over the three-hour Stage 3, taking his maiden win in the event.

Baragwanath, who retired from his first Dakar after Stage 2 in 2015, had finished an impressive second on Monday and has now clinched his first stage victory.

However, his triumph won't have much of an effect on the general classification, with Casale's lead over the South African going from 4m to 3m56s.

Casale trailed Baragwanath by as much as 34s at the half-hour mark, but slowly but surely made up ground to eventually pass the South African. However, in the final stretch, Baragwanath responded and stole the top spot back.

The duo were the class of the field over the shortened 200km stage, with best of the rest Marcelo Medeiros almost three minutes off.

2015 winner Rafal Sonik was fourth, just three seconds up on Marcos Patronelli - whose brother Alejandro hit trouble early on and ended up six minutes off the leader.

20-year-old Jeremias Gonzalez took sixth, ahead of compatriot Lucas Bonetto, who was the top rider for Honda despite losing time early on.

Standings after Stage 3:

Pos.No.Rider

Bike

Time/Gap
1 251

Ignacio Casale

Yamaha

7h00m40s
274

Brian Baragwanath

Yamaha

3m56s
3 292

Marcelo Medeiros

Yamaha

6m58s
4 253

 Alejandro Patronelli

Yamaha

11m28s
5 250

 Rafal Sonik

Yamaha

11m33s
6 254

Jeremias Gonzalez

Yamaha

11m58s
7 252

Marcos Patronelli

Yamaha

12m15s
9 265

Alexis Hernandez

Yamaha

16m54s
8 268

Giuliano Giordana

Yamaha

17m15s
10 256  Walter Nosiglia

Honda

17m54s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 3: Termas de Río Hondo - Jujuy
Article type Stage report
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