The Dakar Rally
Fourth stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 and a tricky day for the TEAM HRC riders who fought hard to finish in favorable positions ahead of tomorrow's stage. Above all for Joan Barreda, who was able to overcome some complicated setbacks to finish in sixth position, but retains the overall standings.
Joan Barreda continues at the head of the leader-board in the Rally Dakar 2014, albeit by a lesser margin after momentarily losing his way and conceding several minutes to his rivals before getting back onto the right route. The Spanish rider from Castellón continues to shine on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, registering another fine performance from the outset, that saw him crossing the Chilecito finish-line sixth on the day.
The fourth stage started with a two-hour delay due to the difficulties inflicted upon the riders in the grueling outing of the previous day. Many bikes had lost their way, struggling to find the correct route until late into the night. Today's second marathon leg to Chilecito, in the Argentine La Rioja region, similar to that of the previous day, was a mountainous affair with a lot of hard ground and rocks.
Paulo Goncalves was able to claw back several places, after having got lost on the previous excursion, and thus being forced to start from a long way back in today's race. He finished in seventh position. Fellow Portuguese Hélder Rodrigues lost time to his opponents too, coming in ninth. Sam Sunderland suffered some problems during the liaison, where his engine stopped which forced him to drop out. The team is looking into what happened.
Laia Sanz, the female rider being supported by Honda on the pre-production version of the Honda CRF450 Rally, once again put in a fine performance today, with a repeat of yesterday's twentieth position. Her team-mate from the Honda Argentina Rally Team, Pablo Rodriguez finished twenty-eighth.
Thursday, January 9
Stage 5: Chilecito-Tucumán
Liaison: 384 km Special: 527 km Total: 911 km
A sleepless night in Tucumán!
After two race days with completely separate routes, everyone will gather together to tackle the longest stage of the rally. They will need to be extremely resistant to overcome these two sections of the special stage which will primarily feature sand. All day long the competitors will make headway on off-piste sections: those who have poorly assessed the limits of their engine will constantly be on the verge of overheating and all the more so, as the region's temper atures are generally very high. At the bivouac in Tucuman, the candidates for the podium will have been whittled down to a select few, as many of them will no longer be a part of this elite group. For many others, their timing and mechanical mishaps will only become apparent in the middle of the night.
|1||#23 Juan Pedrero (SHERCO) 05:29:13|
|2||#5 Chaleco Lopez (KTM) +00:00:29|
|3||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) +00:03:10|
|4||#38 Jeremias Israel (SPEEDBRAIN) +00:06:30|
|5||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +00:07:01|
|6||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:13:56|
|7||#10 Paulo Goncalves (Honda) +00:18:38|
|19||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +00:50:50|
|20||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +00:52:13|
|28||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +01:23:52|
|61||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +01:58:07|
|1||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) 15:39:53|
|2||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) +00:03:10|
|3||#5 Chaleco Lopez (KTM) +00:05:12|
|4||#22 Alain Duclos (SHERCO) +00:25:55|
|5||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +00:29:38|
|15||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +01:35:35|
|18||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +02:16:36|
|19||#10 Paulo Goncalves (Honda) +02:26:48|
|32||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +04:14:02|
|42||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +04:35:54|