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The riders of the Coast 2 Coast 2024 Rally presented by Peñafiel carried out the third day in the Peñafiel 2 stage with a very pleasant weather.
Leaving from Tehuacan heading to the state of Oaxaca; more exactly to the outskirts of the municipality of San Juan Bautista Cuicatlan, located in the north-central part of the state and where the day's stage took place; to make a journey of 342 kilometers, of which only 155 kilometers were in a timed stage and with a variation in height of one thousand meters above sea level, a situation that tested the physical condition of the participants.
Without letting go of the general leadership and dominating the RallyPro category; day 3 began to separate from the second place, the American rider, Mike Johnson who with his Husqvarna FE 450 closed the day with a time of 3;16.56 h; separating more and more from Gustavo Cechetto Caitano who worked his time on a KTM 500 EXC-F with a time of 3:22:37 h and in third place finished Alex Torres Benavides also on a KTM 500 that prepares the closing of competition with a time of 3:23:26 h.
In the Rally1 class (Two Wheels Novice Intermediate with roadbook), the times were shortened more, to have a great closing of competition of the Peñafiel 2 stage and in the first position was the pilot Justin Jumet with a time of 3:39:12 h; in second place, he was accompanied by #25 of Erik Orlanzzini on his Husqvarna FE 450 with a time of 3:44:43 h and in third place came Adolfo Alonso on a KTM 450 EXCF.
In the Maxi Rally category (motorcycles larger than 600cc with roadbook), Mauricio Varela of the Aprilia Mexico/Exploradores/Phoenix team was a pleasant surprise, finishing in first place with a time of 5:41:28 h and Alfredo Puente from Mexico City on his KTM 350 XCF-W #40 fell to second place on this day, followed by Erick López who registered a time of 6:11:25h on his KTM 640 Adventure R.
The Ecuadorian, Francisco Cordova of the Molobog team aboard his Husqvarna 450 #53, in the GPS Motocross Rally category, continues to lead with a time of 3:48:29 h followed by Emilio Velazquez on his HUSQVARNA 450cc losing time that he will be recovering tomorrow to be fighting the final that is approaching, and in third place was located in his KTM 300 EXC #63, Francisco Canton with a time of 3:58:24h.
Finally, in the UTV Pro category, there were big changes in the finishing positions; giving the surprise to the Texan #111 of Jesus A. Sanchez, arriving in first place in his group with a time of 3:52:48h; in second place came the rider Manolo de la Concha in his Can Am Maverick #110, with a time of 3:55:50 h and in third place finished the Mexican, Juan Carlos Lorenzo in his Cam-Am Maverick X3 #108 with a great with a time of 4:08:54 h.
On Day 4, the VRIM Connect stage will be from Oaxaca to San Jose del Pacifico; a small town that belongs to the municipality of San Mateo de Rio Hondo. It is located at 2350 meters above sea level, with beautiful views. This stage is very important, as the teams begin to close their times more to finish strong on the last day of competition, and we will be seeing many changes in the overall at the close of today.
The Coast 2 Coast 2024 rally presented by Peñafiel is being held in coordination with the governments of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca, in addition to the important support of Peñafiel Agua Mineral, Redbull, VRIM Connect, KTM, Garmin and Nitto.
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Automatic translation of the Mexican Spanish version
Source: Coast 2 Coast official press release / EPI Press
Photo: Henry Von Wartenberg, Marcos Cárdenas
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