After a brilliant victory yesterday in the Original By Motul class, Mário Patrão concluded today the 12th stage, disputed between Empty Quarter and Shaybah in a total of 376.46 km, 185 of which were timed, in the third position.
The pilot supported by CRÉDITO AGRÍCOLA is still on the podium in the general classification among pilots who have the arduous task of doing the mechanics to their own vehicles, but with their "eyes set" on the possibility of climbing the classification.
For Mário Patrão, who also has the support of LUSÍADAS SAÚDE, today's journey "went well, with no problems to report. The course had huge dunes and 'dry lakes'. The tiredness is felt because, besides the specials, the connections have been big, although today's was not the biggest, and then I still have all the maintenance associated with the bike in order to prepare it for the next day. These logistics always force us to make good choices and good management among all the factors so that we can follow firmly in our objective and not throw everything away. This is what we have been trying to do. There are two days left until the end of the race. We remain focused on our goal and on what's to come," points out the World Cross Country Rallies Veterans Champion, supported by ABRIGO DA MONTANHA HOTEL.
The 14th and penultimate stage, connecting Shaybah to Al-Hofuf, will have a 154 km special stage and a long connection of 521 km. By this time, the departure from the Empty Quarter will be decisive. This will be the last chance to enjoy the dunes. On the other hand, it could also be a launch pad for an ambitious competitor ready to fight for the podium and move up a place or two in the standings. The short special limits the potential for damage, but physical and mechanical strength can still make the difference.
Automatic translation from the original Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source Mario Patrao official press release