With the sandy dunes of Peru being replaced by the fast tracks of Bolivia, Pablo Quintanilla put in a solid performance during SS06. Securing a strong sixth place result for the day, the Husqvarna Factory rider has moved back inside the top six in the event’s overall standings. Continuing to learn and improve, Pablo’s teammate Andrew Short brought his FR 450 Rally machine home in 28th position. The US racer is currently 22nd in the provisional overall standings of the rally.
"It was a long stage, the liaison was especially tough – it was really cold and very wet in places," Quintanilla reported. "The special stage was very fast, and quite dangerous due to the deep water. I’m happy with my pace though and for me, it was important to place between 5th and 10th to get a good start position for the next stage. I only lost a couple of minutes from the leader so that’s good. The bike was awesome and I’m feeling good so I look forward to the next stage."
Andrew Short said: "That was a tough day for me, the terrain has changed a lot from the dunes of Peru. I had my first high-speed rally crash so I am glad to get that out of the way. I struggled a little with the speed of the stage with everything coming at me so fast. It was wet out there too and the tracks turned quite muddy in places. I think I prefer that over dust though, if it had been dry things would have been even more dangerous. Coming into La Paz it was amazing to see all the people and the atmosphere in the city so that was cool."
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