The Dakar Rally
SS9 Tucuman – Cordoba 852 km (176 km liaison – 593 km special – 83 km liaison)
After the rest day in Tucuman, TEAM HRC riders today tackled the longest stage of the Dakar 2013 with a 593-km long special split into 2 timed sections with 122 km of neutralised sector.
Starting second, Johnny Campbell was able to take advantage of the fast tracks followed by a more technical part. He rode with a good consistent pace, finishing the first special in third position behind Despres and Barreda. Despite a small crash at the beginning of the second stage that made him stop to replace the front brake lever, he finished 22nd.
Team mate Rodrigues was 2nd at the CP1 but lost valuable time finishing 8th at the end of the first special stage, although he was able to recover in the second timed section. With today’s 5th position Helder moves up into 7th position overall, 31’23” behind Faria who leads the general classification.
A difficult day for Javier Pizzolito who was not comfortable on the rocky terrain and preferred not to take too many risks. Finishing 24th overall, the Argentinian rider lost 2 positions and now sits in 12th place overall.
|1||Cyril Despres (KTM)|
|2||Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) +4.03|
|3||Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) +5.14|
|4||Ruben Faria (KTM) +7.47|
|5||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +8.47|
|22||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +29.56|
|24||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +30.58|
|1||Ruben Faria (KTM)|
|2||Cyril Despres (KTM) +5.23|
|3||Francisco Lopez (KTM) +9.03|
|4||Ivan Jakes (KTM) +16.56|
|5||Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) +22.58|
|7||Helder Rodrigues – TEAM HRC (Honda) +31.23|
|12||Javier Pizzolito – TEAM HRC (Honda) +46.50|
|57||Johnny Campbell – TEAM HRC (Honda) +5:52.53|