2015 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results | Rookie Walkner Wins

KTM's Matthias Walkner, stage three, 2015 Dakar Rally
KTM's Matthias Walkner

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Motorcycle Results

Not since Heinz Kinigadner in the 1990s has an Austrian competed in the Dakar Rally. But at the 37th edition, this changed with the arrival of Matthias Walkner, a former MX3 World Champion. And as one would expect, Walkner would compete on Austrian machinery, the KTM support rider piloting a 450 Rally.

The rookie began 2015 Dakar Rally held in South America with stellar results, finishing eighth in stage one and sixth in stage two. And on Friday, Walkner did something few rookies ever do – he won a stage.

Walkner was the dominate rider in stage 3, which took riders 408 miles from San Juan to Chilecito, Argentina, including a 137-mile special. This special was short compared to Monday’s grueling 388-mile special, and took riders northwards along the line of the Andes. Riders were forced to negotiate through red earth tracks and canyons, and spent much of their time in extremely rocky riverbeds.

Walker finished the stage in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 28 seconds – just 40 seconds ahead of four-time Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma on the factory Red Bull KTM. Finishing third was stage-two winner and current overall leader Joan Barreda Bort on the Team HRC Honda CRF450 Rally.

KTM reports that race officials shortened Tuesday’s stage in response to Monday’s stage two that was just by “even seasoned professionals as ‘difficult.’”

It’s all about focus for the rookie Walkner: “I already had a good feeling when I got to the finish because I knew I had a good day. But at the end I was a bit tired and wasn’t concentrating so well and I made some small mistakes. It is an amazing feeling to win the stage and for sure I didn’t expect this. It will be difficult to open the piste tomorrow. Now for the rest of the rally I just want to enjoy every kilometer, to learn and to stay focused on the road book so I don’t make many mistakes.”

The reigning Dakar Champion Coma was quick today, but saved much energy for stage four, which enters the never-ending sand dunes of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

“Today was not a long stage and I thought it would be a good day to recover some time. But in the end that is quite difficult to do if the distance is short. Tomorrow the skyline of the rally completely changes. We arrive in the open desert and the sand dunes where I feel more comfortable. Everything is possible,” Coma says.

As for Barreda, he rode to a comfortable third place, not wanting to push it too hard early in the rally. He now has a a 5:33-minute lead over fellow Honda rider Paolo Conclaves, who finished fifth in stage three.

“Today was easier than yesterday, but anyway, it was really dangerous because we were on river beds and a lot of stones all day and so many broken up tracks. So that was sometimes dangerous and you always need to take care. I felt really good all day opening the track, it was a good feeling. I’m really happy, it’s one day more done,” Barreda Bort says.

“Now we go to Chile and there will be different stages and a different feeling so we will see there. The advantage is really small, it’s nothing different. We need to remain focused on our planning, so nothing is different, we’ll continue like this.”

Finishing fourth – a mere 0.04 of a second ahead of Goncavles – was the Australian Toby Price, another KTM-supported rookie in 2015 Dakar. Sherco’s Alain Duclos finished sixth, the top French rider. His fellow countrymen – Michael Metge and Olivier Pain, both on Yamahas – finished 16th and 21st, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 in stage three were KTM’s Ruben Faria, Honda’s Israel Esquerre, KTM’s Jordi Viladoms and Yamaha’s Pedero Garcia.

The leading female rider – Laia Sanz Pla-Giribert of Spain finished 17th aboard her Honda CRF 450 Rally.

The terrain drastically changes from rock to sand dunes during Wednesday’s stage four, which takes riders from Chilecito, Argentina, to Copiapo, Chile, for 565 miles, including a 196-mile special.

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Motorcycle Results:

Pos.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

27

KTM02:34:28

2

1

KTM02:35:0800:00:40

3

2

HONDA02:36:2100:01:53

4

26

KTM02:37:1300:02:45

5

7

HONDA02:37:1700:02:49

6

14

SHERCO TVS02:37:3900:03:11

7

11

KTM02:37:5400:03:26

8

12

HONDA02:38:3000:04:02

9

4

KTM02:39:0400:04:36

10

10

YAMAHA02:39:4900:05:21

11

6

KTM02:39:5100:05:23

12

31

KTM02:40:0700:05:39

13

18

  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM02:40:4300:06:15

14

19

YAMAHA02:40:4400:06:16

15

5

HONDA02:41:2900:07:01

16

17

YAMAHA02:42:1900:07:51

17

29

HONDA02:43:5600:09:28

18

21

KTM02:44:1000:09:42

19

9

KTM02:44:2200:09:54

20

20

KTM02:44:3500:10:07

21

3

YAMAHA02:46:0300:11:35

22

37

  • VOGELS (NLD)

KTM02:48:1000:13:42

23

44

  • DE SOULTRAIT (FRA)

YAMAHA02:50:0600:15:38

24

16

HONDA02:50:2100:15:53

25

60

KAWASAKI02:51:1800:16:50

26

25

SHERCO TVS02:52:0200:17:34

27

8

KTM02:53:0200:18:34

28

79

YAMAHA02:54:1000:19:42

29

88

SHERCO02:54:3500:20:07

30

40

SUZUKI02:54:5700:20:29

31

62

KTM02:55:5700:21:29

32

15

YAMAHA02:57:2600:22:58

33

30

YAMAHA02:57:4700:23:19

34

24

HONDA03:00:1000:25:42

35

22

HONDA03:00:1100:25:43

36

28

KTM03:00:1300:25:4500:01:00

37

34

KTM03:00:3500:26:07

38

38

KTM03:01:2800:27:00

39

32

KTM03:02:0400:27:36

40

49

KTM03:02:3300:28:05

41

140

HUSQVARNA03:03:4900:29:21

42

71

SHERCO03:06:2400:31:56

43

74

KAWASAKI03:06:3900:32:11

44

161

KAWASAKI03:06:4800:32:20

45

151

  • ENGEL (CZE)

KTM03:07:5300:33:25

46

65

KTM03:08:1700:33:49

47

160

KTM03:09:0900:34:41

48

35

  • STANOVNIK (SVN)

KTM03:10:3600:36:08

49

53

KTM03:10:3800:36:10

50

36

KTM03:11:2200:36:54

51

45

YAMAHA03:12:1500:37:47

52

69

YAMAHA03:13:5900:39:31

53

103

KTM03:14:3300:40:05

54

146

YAMAHA03:15:1600:40:48

55

113

KTM03:15:3700:41:09

56

73

HUQSVARNA03:15:5300:41:25

57

129

KTM03:16:3300:42:05

58

57

KTM03:18:3200:44:04

59

61

  • ONTIVEROS (ARG)

BETA03:18:4400:44:16

60

51

HONDA03:20:1300:45:45

61

81

KTM03:20:1700:45:49

62

112

HONDA03:20:3100:46:03

63

63

KTM03:21:2800:47:00

64

46

YAMAHA03:22:1000:47:42

65

67

KTM03:22:1500:47:47

66

68

KTM03:22:3500:48:07

67

59

KTM03:23:2700:48:59

68

168

KTM03:23:3900:49:11

69

84

KTM03:23:4400:49:16

70

144

  • UDRY (CHE)

KTM03:23:4900:49:21

71

55

SUZUKI03:24:3700:50:09

72

114

KTM03:24:5000:50:22

73

125

KTM03:24:5300:50:25

74

72

KTM03:25:2600:50:58

75

80

YAMAHA03:25:4600:51:18

76

50

  • BUTUZA (ROU)

KTM03:26:3600:52:08

77

78

KTM03:27:5400:53:26

78

109

KTM03:28:0100:53:33

79

83

  • DAMDINKHORLOO (MNG)

KTM03:28:4300:54:15

80

54

  • ARREDONDO (GTM)

KTM03:28:5400:54:26

81

86

KTM03:29:5800:55:30

82

75

KTM03:30:0500:55:37

83

77

HONDA03:30:3000:56:02

84

152

YAMAHA03:32:3200:58:04

85

48

KTM03:32:5800:58:30

86

58

KTM03:34:4601:00:18

87

154

YAMAHA03:35:3201:01:04

88

100

  • CROQUELOIS (FRA)

KTM03:37:2701:02:59

89

153

  • PETRONE (ARG)

YAMAHA03:42:0301:07:35

90

156

KTM03:43:4801:09:20

91

165

KTM03:45:5601:11:28

92

76

KTM03:46:3101:12:03

93

138

KTM03:47:0401:12:36

94

70

KTM03:48:0601:13:38

95

135

HONDA03:48:0901:13:41

96

128

KTM03:48:5101:14:23

97

126

  • VAN HEERTUM (NLD)

KTM03:48:5301:14:25

98

127

KTM03:49:2101:14:53

99

102

YAMAHA03:49:4801:15:20

100

158

  • MARTENS (NLD)

KTM03:50:0601:15:38

101

98

KAWASAKI03:50:0701:15:39

102

132

KTM03:50:4101:16:13

103

167

KTM03:54:4301:20:15

104

150

GASGAS03:56:2401:21:56

105

64

KTM03:58:0201:23:34

106

139

  • VAN BERGEIJK (NLD)

HUSABERG03:58:4601:24:18

107

97

  • GIMENO GARCÍA (ESP)

KTM04:00:2401:25:56

108

96

KTM04:00:4601:26:18

109

133

KTM04:02:3501:28:07

110

105

YAMAHA04:03:5201:29:24

111

155

KAWASAKI04:05:1401:30:46

112

56

KTM04:05:5501:31:27

113

108

KTM04:08:5401:34:26

114

104

HUSQVARNA04:10:0901:35:41

115

87

KTM04:13:0801:38:40

116

99

KTM04:15:3101:41:03

117

91

HUQSVARNA04:17:3701:43:09

118

141

HONDA04:18:4201:44:14

119

145

YAMAHA04:20:4201:46:14

120

118

YAMAHA04:21:5401:47:26

121

111

  • CUYPERS (FRA)

KTM04:22:1901:47:51

122

95

KTM04:27:4601:53:18

123

166

KTM04:28:4601:54:18

124

131

KTM04:32:1201:57:44

125

134

KTM04:35:4102:01:13

126

148

KTM04:49:5902:15:31

127

164

  • NARINO (USA)

HUSQVARNA04:50:1302:15:45

128

162

KAWASAKI04:50:5002:16:22

129

136

YAMAHA04:53:1402:18:46

130

117

KTM04:58:4902:24:21

131

23

GASGAS05:02:4302:28:15

132

121

  • SENNVANBASEL (NLD)

KTM05:09:0402:34:36

133

149

HUSABERG05:14:0202:39:34

134

93

KTM05:24:1702:49:49

135

107

  • TOIA (ITA)

KTM05:37:1403:02:46

136

123

HONDA05:54:4903:20:21

137

124

HONDA05:55:2803:21:00

138

143

KTM07:09:4304:35:1501:00:00

139

92

KAWASAKI07:50:4805:16:2001:15:00

2015 Dakar Rally General Standings after three of 13 stages:

Pos.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

2

HONDA09:43:05

2

7

HONDA09:48:3800:05:33

3

27

KTM09:53:3800:10:33

4

1

KTM09:53:5500:10:50

5

11

KTM09:55:1500:12:10

6

26

KTM09:55:2900:12:24

7

4

KTM09:57:1200:14:07

8

12

HONDA10:01:3800:18:33

9

5

HONDA10:01:3900:18:34

10

10

YAMAHA10:06:0700:23:02

11

14

SHERCO TVS10:06:4500:23:40

12

18

  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM10:09:4100:26:36

13

31

KTM10:10:5800:27:53

14

9

KTM10:15:2100:32:16

15

20

KTM10:17:1600:34:11

16

29

HONDA10:17:1900:34:14

17

17

YAMAHA10:18:2700:35:22

18

19

YAMAHA10:18:3300:35:28

19

3

YAMAHA10:20:5900:37:54

20

21

KTM10:26:1400:43:09

21

37

  • VOGELS (NLD)

KTM10:38:0500:55:00

22

8

KTM10:38:4100:55:36

23

44

  • DE SOULTRAIT (FRA)

YAMAHA10:38:4700:55:42

24

16

HONDA10:40:4300:57:38

25

25

SHERCO TVS10:42:5400:59:49

26

30

YAMAHA10:54:0801:11:03

27

60

KAWASAKI10:54:4301:11:38

28

28

KTM10:58:5601:15:5100:01:00

29

15

YAMAHA11:01:1801:18:1300:05:00

30

24

HONDA11:03:3401:20:29

31

62

KTM11:08:4501:25:4000:01:00

32

88

SHERCO11:11:1601:28:11

33

40

SUZUKI11:11:2601:28:21

34

79

YAMAHA11:12:0301:28:58

35

32

KTM11:14:3201:31:27

36

34

KTM11:15:1601:32:11

37

38

KTM11:20:0001:36:55

38

160

KTM11:25:3101:42:26

39

45

YAMAHA11:38:3001:55:25

40

161

KAWASAKI11:39:4901:56:44

41

35

  • STANOVNIK (SVN)

KTM11:44:2302:01:18

42

65

KTM11:50:5002:07:45

43

36

KTM11:52:0502:09:00

44

69

YAMAHA11:57:5402:14:49

45

49

KTM12:01:1802:18:13

46

46

YAMAHA12:02:1102:19:06

47

151

  • ENGEL (CZE)

KTM12:02:3502:19:30

48

103

KTM12:08:0002:24:55

49

74

KAWASAKI12:08:4702:25:42

50

6

KTM12:11:4202:28:37

51

78

KTM12:14:5902:31:54

52

129

KTM12:19:3902:36:34

53

59

KTM12:21:3002:38:25

54

113

KTM12:26:2202:43:17

55

57

KTM12:27:1002:44:05

56

63

KTM12:35:5302:52:48

57

81

KTM12:36:1202:53:07

58

48

KTM12:37:1602:54:11

59

54

  • ARREDONDO (GTM)

KTM12:40:1402:57:09

60

146

YAMAHA12:42:1202:59:0700:02:00

61

55

SUZUKI12:43:3503:00:30

62

67

KTM12:44:2003:01:15

63

109

KTM12:47:4403:04:39

64

72

KTM12:50:2403:07:19

65

84

KTM12:50:4203:07:37

66

114

KTM13:01:0103:17:56

67

125

KTM13:02:5603:19:51

68

68

KTM13:05:5303:22:4800:02:00

69

50

  • BUTUZA (ROU)

KTM13:10:1503:27:10

70

71

SHERCO13:14:1603:31:11

71

80

YAMAHA13:16:2303:33:1800:05:00

72

73

HUQSVARNA13:23:4803:40:43

73

168

KTM13:30:4403:47:39

74

144

  • UDRY (CHE)

KTM13:30:5203:47:4700:02:00

75

23

GASGAS13:43:2104:00:16

76

51

HONDA13:44:4204:01:37

77

75

KTM13:58:2704:15:2200:05:00

78

22

HONDA14:08:3004:25:2500:05:00

79

76

KTM14:08:4904:25:4400:02:00

80

77

HONDA14:25:2704:42:22

81

70

KTM14:25:3904:42:34

82

87

KTM14:27:1304:44:08

83

58

KTM14:41:1604:58:11

84

61

  • ONTIVEROS (ARG)

BETA14:42:5404:59:49

85

112

HONDA14:46:3205:03:2700:01:00

86

100

  • CROQUELOIS (FRA)

KTM14:54:0105:10:56

87

98

KAWASAKI14:58:4805:15:43

88

165

KTM15:07:3505:24:30

89

53

KTM15:08:2305:25:18

90

156

KTM15:13:0005:29:5500:07:00

91

126

  • VAN HEERTUM (NLD)

KTM15:16:1105:33:06

92

64

KTM15:19:4305:36:38

93

158

  • MARTENS (NLD)

KTM15:20:5805:37:53

94

132

KTM15:23:1605:40:11

95

153

  • PETRONE (ARG)

YAMAHA15:24:4705:41:42

96

138

KTM15:26:0805:43:0300:00:30

97

83

  • DAMDINKHORLOO (MNG)

KTM15:27:0305:43:58

98

56

KTM15:27:4805:44:43

99

152

YAMAHA15:40:2705:57:22

100

139

  • VAN BERGEIJK (NLD)

HUSABERG15:40:3005:57:2500:01:00

101

154

YAMAHA15:43:0806:00:03

102

96

KTM15:51:4406:08:39

103

97

  • GIMENO GARCÍA (ESP)

KTM15:57:2006:14:1500:05:00

104

150

GASGAS16:06:3106:23:26

105

133

KTM16:12:5206:29:47

106

127

KTM16:19:2206:36:17

107

128

KTM16:19:2306:36:18

108

86

KTM16:29:1006:46:0500:01:00

109

167

KTM16:30:3906:47:34

110

135

HONDA16:30:4506:47:40

111

95

KTM16:31:1106:48:06

112

111

  • CUYPERS (FRA)

KTM16:36:0206:52:57

113

149

HUSABERG16:37:1406:54:09

114

118

YAMAHA16:39:0106:55:56

115

91

HUQSVARNA16:45:1007:02:05

116

105

YAMAHA16:48:1307:05:0800:02:00

117

148

KTM17:03:1707:20:12

118

134

KTM17:15:3807:32:33

119

108

KTM17:25:0607:42:01

120

107

  • TOIA (ITA)

KTM17:27:1007:44:05

121

104

HUSQVARNA17:29:5407:46:49

122

145

YAMAHA17:31:4907:48:44

123

141

HONDA17:32:5107:49:4600:05:00

124

99

KTM17:36:1407:53:0900:10:00

125

155

KAWASAKI17:49:5708:06:5200:02:00

126

121

  • SENNVANBASEL (NLD)

KTM17:52:2208:09:17

127

102

YAMAHA17:55:0208:11:57

128

136

YAMAHA18:16:3008:33:25

129

117

KTM18:18:1908:35:14

130

162

KAWASAKI18:23:5208:40:47

131

131

KTM18:29:5008:46:45

132

164

  • NARINO (USA)

HUSQVARNA19:04:1309:21:08

133

166

KTM19:15:2709:32:2200:01:00

134

123

HONDA19:16:5009:33:45

135

124

HONDA19:16:5209:33:47

136

92

KAWASAKI20:32:2510:49:2001:15:00

137

140

HUSQVARNA20:47:0711:04:02

138

93

KTM24:50:2615:07:21

139

143

KTM28:56:2819:13:2301:00:00