The Dakar Rally
Stage 3 Pisco – Nazca 343 km liaison 100km 243 special
The Dakar marathon continues heading south reaching Nazca, famous for its enigmatic lines designing geometric shapes, animals and human figures visible only from the sky.
It was another demanding day for the riders with a 243-km long stage, characterized by fast tracks split by big dunes of white sands that are similar to the Mauritanian desert for their softness and difficulty, it is very easy to get stuck in this sand.
Chaleco Lopez claimed today’s stage win, gaining his second stage victory for this 2013 Dakar, ahead of Paolo Goncalves and Cyril Despres, who leads the general classification by 2'51" over Francisco López, second and 4’59” over Ullevalseter, third.
It was a positive day for Javier Pizzolito, who secured his position in the top 10, finishing 7’39” behind the stage winner, while it was a difficult stage for his team mates, with Helder Rodrigues finishing 33rd because of a fuel problem that made him lose almost 20 minutes after a strong performance in the dunes that saw the Honda rider catching Cyril Despres.
A tough day also for Johnny Campbell who was obliged to stop at km 20 of the special as a result of a mechanical problem. Johnny succeeded in repairing the machine and continued his race, but lost a lot of time and energy in the heat of the Nazca Desert, finishing 158th.
Javier Pizzolito is now 21st in the Overall standing, while two problems in the second and third stage obliged Helder to concede 24'58" to the leader Cyril Despres. Johnny drops from 35th to 146th overall position.
|1||Lopez Francisco (KTM)|
|2||Paulo Goncalves (Husqvarna) +1.08|
|3||Cyril Despres (KTM) +4.08|
|4||Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) +5.05|
|5||Jakub Przygonski (KTM) +5.20|
|10||Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +7.39|
|33||Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +25.24|
|158||Johnny Campbell (Honda) +4:19.39|
|1||Cyril Despres (KTM)|
|2||Lopez Francisco (KTM) +2.51|
|3||Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) +4.59|
|4||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +6.03|
|5||David Casteu (YAMAHA) +6.08|
|21||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda)(Honda) +21.06|
|28||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda)(Honda) +24.58|
|146||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda)(Honda) +4:30.44|