The Dakar Rally
SS10 Cordoba – La Rioja 37km liaison – 357 special stage – 242 km liaison
It was another long day for the TEAM HRC riders in the mountainous region that links Cordoba to La Rioja. Riders tackled first the rocky narrow tracks, like enduro racing, reaching almost 2,000 meters before dropping back down to 357 meters in La Rioja where the thermometer registered 50 degrees. All in all it was a technical and varied stage with twisty tracks mixed with fast hard pack paths.
Starting 5th, Helder Rodrigues rode consistently in the first part of the stage and lost some time in the final section eventually finishing 9th, 09'34" behind stage winner Joan Barreda, who claimed his 4th Dakar stage victory. Argentinian Javier Pizzolito started 27th and fought against the dust, enabling him to recover positions once the track was clear, finishing 14th.
It was a hard day for Johnny Campbell, who rode for 8 hours despite the intense pain due to yesterday's injuries, complicated by another crash while crossing a river where the ground was particularly slippery.
With 4 stages still to go, the race is still open and Helder Rodrigues gained another position in the overall standings and is now sitting in 6th place, 34'19" behind Cyril Despres who leads the general classification. Also Javier Pizzolito moves one position up, from 12th to 11th and the same for Johnny Campbell from 52nd to 51st.
|1||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna)|
|2||Cyril Despres (KTM) +1.15|
|3||Paulo Goncalves (Husqvarna) +2.44|
|4||Juan Pedrero (KTM) +4.27|
|5||Kurt Caselli (KTM) +6.56|
|9||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +9.34|
|14||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +12.56|
|21||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +23.00|
|1||Cyril Despres (KTM)|
|2||Ruben Faria (KTM) +1.37|
|3||Francisco Lopez (KTM) +13.41|
|4||Ivan Jakes (KTM) +18.21|
|5||Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) +24.25|
|6||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +34.19|
|11||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +53.08|
|51||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +6:09.15|