The stage was also optimal for Alain Duclos. The French-Malian rider found a great feeling riding his new Aprilia RXV 4.5, which he had been riding since the last days only. During the 285 km of the special, he took over many experienced riders such us Goncalves, Viladoms, Pain, Svitko and even Enduro's World Champion Johnny Aubert. The rider made it ninth to San Rafael. With this result, Duclos take the 11th position overall.