The Bar of the Dakar 2020. After the fourth Stage. Nacho and Paulinho

Al ‘Ula, Saudi Arabia, January 8, 2020. First of all, a recommendation. We are a third of the Race. We approach the day of rest. The fifth stage is relatively short and, on paper, a sliding, easy. A large part of the sand, of what is already known to the people of neo-Dakar, and a few “discesone” of the dunes. The ideal soil in which to draw breath before the sixth, which, preceding the rest day, will surely, inevitably, hell. So take advantage of the fifth, because when you place the sixth will not be an overdrive cruise.

We talk about “discesone”, not the case because we take it as a pretext to talk about Ignacio Cornejo, said “Nacho”. The young chilean 25-year-old Honda Rider Monster up to the Dakar 2021 was born in Iquique, the town in the far North of Chile is famous, in part Dakariano, for that the dune is very high, and the “toboggan” of sand that knocks almost directly into the Atlantic Ocean, looming over the City. That is the birthplace of the “Nacho”, his playground, his elementary school Rally. Cornejo was presented at his fourth Dakar with a conviction expressed: now is struggling to be great, to point to an upgrade crucial. Decisive.

Not to be believed. Said and done, the dainty chilean Pilot will be slightly over 160 centimeters and half-a-ton,and has won the first Stage of his career dakariana at the fourth attempt by the promise, and now occupies the third place in the general classification of the Rally. Not to say all, of course, but certainly a lot.

In the meantime, there is the famous “switch”, what clicks in the head of the Pilot when passing the border between the possible and the certain, when vice and understand how to do it, when the experience is the jump of a as amazing.

This is, according to me, the event of the fourth stage of the Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020, is the “snap” of the promotion of another driver, the entry in the elite real. Now the only a little exam to pass. Digest on the first day of the feast, without doing silly things. Run the day after without falling, Nacho, flying with the joy of the imagination, but keep your eyes and head focused on the Track!

Paulo Gonçalves

Paulo Gonçalves

Paulinho

The other hero of the day is Paulo Gonçalves. It was stopped at the beginning of the third Stage with the engine electrocuted. For many it would have been easier to go back to the Bivouac and take the first plane. Paulo remained on the track, he waited for one of the Trucks of our Orobica Raid brought him the engine is new, has changed all by itself, is broken down and has concluded the Stage, six hours after the first. Today Gonçalves has brought his Hero Rally to 4th place overall!

Because Paulinho is a type that is not too lucky, but do not surrender. You should never give up. Once his bike is burned at the beginning of the Dakar, another time at the Dakar, there is not even arrived because they got hurt on the eve. A time came in second. Could win and it was… the first of the losers. Paulo is a Portuguese small but tough in body and in the head, tostissimo. Not the wreck, not the stir. And it is a type all of a piece. Arrived at Dakar thanks to a good manager, Wolfgang Fischer, who has run first with his Bike, then he brought in the team is important. Their roads are divided. The manager is gone because he was a cage of fools, the Pilot is left to make the water bearer. Then it broke the boxes in the cage and, finally, when the “Waffi” brought Hero on the level of sports that one of the Factories largest in the World deserves it, he responded to the invitation to return home with him from his old mentor and friend. That’s how it went.

Gonçalves has become the top Rider of the Team Hero Motorsport. A pride, a responsibility. The Team was unlucky at the beginning of this Dakar, Rodrigues has had a problem the first day, Gonçalves a broken engine in the third. Is part of the craft, is in the chain of things well done. In the end we are at the first step of the project. What matters is that people is correct, determined and consistent. As says Mr. Franco, “Organization, planning… and you’ll get there!”

Francisco Chaleco Lopez

Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez

Updates

Various updates. Quad. Beautiful race in the whole of chile at the time. Ignacio Casale wins the fourth stage and is in command of the Rally, John Henry is the second Stage and in General. The Old Lion, Rafal Sonik, is the fourth.

SSV. More and more interesting, I told you so. The fourth stage is the prerogative of the Crew of Team USA’s Red Bull, the first success of the newborn OT3 Overdrive. Well, the duo is mixed. Mitchell Guthrie, in fact, is “sailed” by the Norwegian Floene, nothing less than the Ola navigator of Mikkelsen and Ostberg in the World of WRC. Francisco Lopez, who the day before was the second of a few… seconds to the american Currie, has done better than the opponent, but both have been slowed by punctures. The point is that in my head, now, is the past, the Can-Am Crew of the Spanish Honojo-Ortega. “Chaleco” is always second, and the reigning Champion promises to do better. Farres has slipped even further back, the race is not lucky, Camelia Liparoti perseveres, as was his wont.

Truck. Shibalov has led to the success of the Kamaz dragging behind her all the colleagues on the podium of Al – ‘Ula. The moral ends here tracking to the Maz of Viasovich, Karginov is in the first ten minutes of advantage.

Various updates. Quad. Beautiful race in the whole of chile at the time Ignacio Casale wins the fourth stage and is in command of the Rally, John Henry is the second Stage and in General. The Old Lion, Rafal Sonik, is the fourth.

SSV. More and more interesting, I told you so. The fourth stage is the prerogative of the Crew of Team USA’s Red Bull, the first success of the newborn OT3 Overdrive. Well, the duo is mixed. Mitchell Guthrie, in fact, is “sailed” by the Norwegian Floene, nothing less than the Ola navigator of Mikkelsen and Ostberg in the championship WRC. Francisco Lopez, who the day before was the second of a few… seconds to the american Currie, has done better than the opponent, but both have been slowed by punctures. The point is that in my head, now, is the past, the Can-Am Crew of the Spanish Honojo-Ortega. “Chaleco” is always second, and the reigning Champion promises to do better. Farres has slipped even further back, the race is not lucky, Camelia Liparoti perseveres, as was his wont.

Truck. Shibalov has led to the success of the Kamaz dragging behind her all the colleagues on the podium of Al – ‘Ula. The moral ends here tracking to the Maz of Viasovich, Karginov is in the first ten minutes of advantage.

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