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The Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally : Stage 5

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January 09, 2013

Positive Day for TEAM HRC

Day 5 Arequipa – Arica 136 km special 274 km liaison

The Dakar Rally enters Chile and the difference is visible in terms of the scenery and the average speed recorded at the end of the stage. Riders tackled mountains rocky paths today reaching 2,200 meters before riding downhill for a 136-km long stage. It was a very demanding stage from a physical point of view especially in the stony sections and in the river bed crossings.

Helder Rodrigueszoom
Helder Rodrigues
Johnny Campbellzoom
Johnny Campbell

TEAM HRC Riders started this relatively short stage with the target to close the gap from the front riders but without taking too many risks.

It was a tight battle at the front with French David Casteu winning the stage 1'09" ahead of Olivier Pain and 3'25" in front of Alessandro Botturi.
Cyril Despres finished in fifth place, 4'07'' behind his countryman, whilst Helder Rodrigues was eighth, 4'52" behind the stage winner.
Javier Pizzolito finished 18th, while Johnny Campbell finished in 25th position.

Argentinian Pizzolito now sits in 11th place overall (25’45” behind Pain who maintains the lead) followed by his team mate Helder Rodrigues, 12th at 25’58”. Johnny Campbell sits in 100th place.

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Javier Pizzolito
Helder Rodrigues, SS5 8th +4’52”, 12th in the Overall:
"It was a technical stage with lots of fech fech mixed with rocks, some fast “off piste” and then we climbed on rocky trails up to 2,000 meters. As it was a short stage, my strategy was not to push too much, so that tomorrow I can start in 8th position and I can attack focusing on recovering positions. My CRF450 Rally worked well today and I’m satisfied with today’s performance".
Javier Pizzolito SS5 18th +7’42”, 11th in the Overall:
"The final stage in Peru was short but very technical. I didn’t push too much as this was not a stage where you could recover many positions. I’m focusing on the first stage in Chile tomorrow where we will face sand and dunes of the Atacama desert”.
Johnny Campbell SS5 25th +14’50”, 100th in the Overall:
"At the beginning there was a lot of fech fech mixed with stones so I rode more conservative, then we had a challenging hill climb on rocky mountains trails. Riding downhill, we faced tricky river crossings with lots of ditches. I was not comfortable in the first part of the stage, but after km 50, when we got some fast hard terrain, it was more a “Baja style” ride and I could ride more on full gas”.

Unofficial Lap times SS5

Rank Rider (Team)
1 David Casteu (YAMAHA)
2 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +1.09
3 Juan Pedrero (KTM) +2.58
4 Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) +3.25
5 Cyril Despres (KTM) +4.07
8 Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +4.52
18 Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +7.42
25 Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +14.50

Overall Standing

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA)
2 David Casteau (YAMAHA) +1.15
3 Cyril Despres (KTM) +6.07
4 Ruben Faria (KTM) +13.34
5 Jordi Viladoms (Husqvarna) +13.36
11 Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +25.45
12 Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +25.58
100 Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +5:07.10

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