With all competitors sharing the same routes across each stage at the Dakar Rally, it isn’t uncommon for different machinery and classes to cross paths during the competition.
Thankfully both entrants were reported and seen to be OK after the crash, having both made it to the stage finish and the bivouac.
“Mamma mia. A difficult stage, two punctures, and look at this [at the broken windshield from the impact], it was a motorcycle that came in the opposite direction, the one we were on,” Tim Coronel said in a social media post.
“We asked him if he was okay, and he was, we checked if he really was, so he came back with his bike.
“We had a lot of problems in the last 20km, but we finished the stage, and now we have to go to the bivouac.”
Both Coronels later apologised to Gendron for the crash.
The Coronel pair, competing for Century in the T1.2 Prototype Cross-Country Cars class, finished 48th on Stage 3, while Gendron was 77th in class after remounting and successfully completing the stage.