The Dakar Rally
Stage 2: San Miguel de Tucumán / San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca
Total stage: 668 km / Special stage: 346.51 km
TEAM HRC's Helder Rodrigues today won the second stage of the 2013 Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, while his team-mate Javier Pizzolito placed seventh.
Following the cancellation of the opening stage yesterday due to bad weather, the rally got underway today with the first timed kilometers contested on a 346.51 km special stage linking San Miguel de Tucumán with San Fernando del valle de Catamarca.
The weather conditions continued to cause some disruption with the start being delayed by one hour and 15 minutes, but this did not deter TEAM HRC’s Helder Rodrigues. The Portuguese rider put in a seamless performance aboard his Honda CRF450 Rally, completing the special stage with no mistakes to take the victory with a time of 4h 54’49.
The stage also proved successful for Pizzolito, who led on the road for the majority of the day’s race and eventually finished in seventh on the timesheet, 6.23 minutes behind his team-mate. The rally will continue tomorrow with a 713.29 km stage from San Fernando del valle de Catamarca to Belén, including 247.12 km of liaison and a 466.17 km special stage.
|1||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) 4h 57’29|
|2||Marc Coma (KTM) + 2’40|
|3||Paulo Goncalves (Speedbrain Honda) + 3’04|
|4||Francisco Lopez (KTM) + 4’38|
|5||Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 4’46|
|6||David Casteu (Yamaha) + 5’17|
|7||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) + 6’23|