REPORT – ETAP-4
14 AUG. 2019 – ETAP-4 REPORT
Leaving the beautiful sand dunes and lake area behind them, everyone heads for a day in the Gobi Desert. The magnificent weather continues. That day in the motorcycle division, the Mongolian rider #34 ANAR had to retire due to an injury from a fall on his motorcycle, which leaves only 1 Mongolian rider in the motorcycle division.
In the motorcycle division, Mongolian rider NYAMDAVAA was in 8TH place overall, followed by RYU in 9TH place, and the Japanese rider Izumoto in 12TH place in the first half of the rally and are now set for the return course. From here on, the latter half of the rally looks to be a long and hot battle for victory. The damage suffered by both bodies and machines will likely play a big role in who wins and who loses. The SXS (side by side) vehicle division holds a monopoly in the overall rankings.
ROUTE INFORMATION – ETAP-4
■ ETAP-4 14 AUG. 2019 KHAR NUUR⇒ALTAY
「Dreams of Gobi and Altay」
■ SS-1：96.36km L：60.50km SS-2：216.38km L：7.60km TOTAL：380.84km
The place name Altay is rather common in this area but the town of Altay you come upon here calls back the days of primitive Asia. You finish a short SS-1 and use the liaison, to pass through Uliastay which was once a local governor’s town in the Qing Dynasty. The SS-2 starts out in a region of shrubbery and rally drivers proceed while being cautious of oncoming vehicles heading to Uliastay. After crossing over a number of mountains and skirting some towns, the vehicles proceed through the Gobi. You then pass alongside a man-made lake and upon coming to an area that seems like an oasis you make a CAP adjustment. Just before a town you pass over a bridge, dash along a high-speed piste which is an unpaved trail to reach the SS goal. Today your bivouac camp is a hotel.
PHOTO – ETAP-4
Official photographer shooting of ETAP-4. – 公式撮影
RESULTS – ETAP-4