The Dakar Rally
SS13 Copiapo – La Serena 90 km liaison - 441 km special - 204 km liaison
From the Atacama desert to La Serena on the Pacific coast, the rally is heading down to Santiago where tomorrow the Chilean capital will celebrate the protagonists of the 2013 Dakar.
Because of the “camanchaca”, the fog that characterises this region, riders set off very late for this stage, normally starting around 04:00 am, the first bikes today started at 08:00 for the last dunes of the rally.
Tough right until the end, today’s 441-km long special was split into 2 timed sections: dunes for the first part followed by a faster special on stony terrain. With 13 hard stages and 7,794 km behind them, navigation as well as concentration were the key points of this stage, the riders had to attack to gain positions but also to preserve the bike aiming for tomorrow’s final stage.
TEAM HRC Riders Helder Rodrigues rode with a consistent pace finishing 6th, 09’37” behind Chilean Chaleco Lopez, who won today’s stage ahead of Despres (+05’25”) and Goncalves with Javier Pizzolito 11th and Johnny Campbell, 33rd. Despres is leading the general classification while Rodrigues and Pizzolito sit in the top 10, in 7th and 8th place respectively.
|1||Francisco Lopez (KTM)|
|2||Cyril Despres (KTM) +5.25|
|3||Paulo Gonçalves (Husqvarna) +5.29|
|4||Juan Pedrero (KTM) +7.42|
|5||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) +8.24|
|6||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +9.37|
|11||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +12.28|
|33||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +38.10|
|1||Cyril Despres (KTM)|
|2||Francisco Lopez (KTM) +8.15|
|3||Ruben Faria (KTM) +14.41|
|4||Ivan Jakes (KTM) +24.45|
|5||Juan Pedrero (KTM) +43.31|
|7||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +01:14.56|
|8||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +01:26.23|
|41||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +08:10.06|