The Dakar Rally
SS8 Salta – Tucuman – 183 km special – 228 liaison
The 8th stage was divided into 2 special stages, split by a neutralisation section. Because of yesterday's heavy rain, the first timed section was cancelled for bikes, cars and trucks so the total timed section today was reduced from the original 492 km to 183 km.
Riders continued their marathon stage from Cachi, a separate bivouac where no assistance was allowed which meant they had to work on their bikes by themselves.
With the first timed section cancelled, the first riders started for the second part of the special at noon, passing through canyons, river beds, green areas and fast tracks. Navigation was the key issue today as there were several river crossings with many different lines that could mislead the riders. Tricky navigation was complicated by the rain that started to fall during the stage.
An incredible performance by American Johnny Campbell gained him second position, 7’04 behind Barreda who won today’s stage. Johnny felt at home on the fast tracks similar to the California desert. Starting from the back, he found the correct direction while navigation mistakes spoiled today’s stage for Rodrigues and Pizzolito. Rodrigues finished 10th and drops into 14th position overall, while Javier finished 25th but moves 2 positions up to 10th overall.
Today’s result are subject to change because the jury is still evaluating the possibility to cancel the final part of the stage with the results being taken at CP2.
|1||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna)|
|2||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +7.04|
|3||Ivan Jakes (KTM) +07.57|
|4||Pedro Bianchi Prata (Husqvarna) +11.10|
|5||Vincent Guindani (YAMAHA) +13.07|
|10||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +15.57|
|25||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +20.38|
|1||David Casteu (YAMAHA)|
|2||Cyril Despres (KTM) +9.26|
|3||Ruben Faria (KTM) +11.16|
|4||Lopez Francisco (KTM) +12.00|
|5||Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +16.10|
|10||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +34.55|
|14||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +41.39|
|66||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +05:42.00|