The Dakar Rally
Day 4 Nazca – Arequipa 289 km special 430 liaison
With 720 km to cover, this was the longest stage since the start of the 2013 Dakar. The route for cars and bikes was slightly different this time. It was a spectacular stage with a sandy start with dunes following one another, each one like the next in a never ending desert capable of misleading even the more expert riders. Different from the first two stages there was a mix of rocks and sands and crossing dry rivers with tricky navigation. Competitors also tackled an incredible 2 km slide downhill in the first third of the stage.
All TEAM HRC riders did a great job regaining valuable positions with Helder Rodrigues finishing 5th in the special and sits now 16th in the overall, climbing 12 positions.
Argentinian Javier Pizzolito continues to improve consistently and today he secured the 7th position and is now 14th the general classification. After the problem suffered yesterday, Johnny Campbell gave an incredible performance, gaining positions and finishing 37th.
|1||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna)|
|2||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +8.23|
|3||David Casteu (YAMAHA) +10.42|
|4||Gerard Farres Guell(Honda) +11.40|
|5||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +11.43|
|7||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda)+12.32|
|37||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +37.11|
|1||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA)|
|2||David Casteu (YAMAHA) +2.24|
|3||Cyril Despres (KTM) +3.09|
|4||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) +5.38|
|5||Jordi Viladoms (Husqvarna) +7.22|
|14||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +19.12|
|16||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +22.15|
|120||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +4:53.29|