Joaquim Rodrigues of Hero MotoSports finished in 4th place with Franco Caimi in 5th and Sebastian Buhler in 8th signing a solid conclusion for the Indian team.
JRod lost pace after several falls but managed to finish the stage in 7th place
The fourth and final stage of Rally Andalusia 2021 wrapped up earlier today and the Hero MotoSports Team Rally – the only Indian team to participate this year – completed the rally with three places in the top ten in the standings. The team’s best rider, Joaquim Rodrigues, finished in 4th place, followed by Franco Caimi in 5th place and Sebastian Buhler in 8th place overall. It was the team’s first outing since the 2021 Dakar rally in January and Caimi’s first rally after being signed by the team earlier this month. Meanwhile, Joan Barreda of the Monster Energy Honda team has conquered Rally Andalusia 2021.
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The final day was a disappointment for Joaquim Rodrigues, who had a fantastic run through the first three stages, winning podiums in each. However, a few crashes during stage 4 prevented the pilot from reproducing his fantastic performance. Nevertheless, JRod managed to finish the day in seventh place with a time of 02:12:45, which brought his overall standings down to P4.
Sebastian Buhler improved his performance from the previous stages, who finished the stage in fourth place with a time of 02h11m00s, barely 55s from his teammate. Buhler had a consistent run throughout the five days of the rally and also proved to be Hero’s fastest rider on the final day. And finally, Franco Caimi made great progress in the final phase and finished fifth with a time of 02h11m55s.
The final day saw the riders traverse the 185 km special section over difficult terrain. Joan Barreda finished on the podium, followed by Lorenzo Santolino of Sherco Factory Rally Team and Pablo Quintanilla of Monster Energy Honda Team, making it a double celebration for Honda Racing Corporation.
In the SS category, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel won the Rally Andalusia 2021, followed by Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz finishing second and Yazeed Al Rajhi and Dirk Von Zitzewitz in third place.
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