The Dakar Rally
Helder Rodrigues takes third place for TEAM HRC, his best result to date, and climbs the leader-board in the Rally Dakar 2014.
Security reasons have been cited for the cancelation of the second part of the special, which made up almost a third of the overall distance of today’s stage. The first part of the special was run at a cracking place, taking in some dunes and off-route navigation, before arriving at the neutralization zone. The riders had 111 untimed kilometers to run prior to the start of the second part of the special, but the organization decided to call it off completely.
Joan Barreda sped off from sixth place today, looking to make up for lost time and straight away started clocking up some of the best times. Nevertheless, as he caught up with the riders ahead, the group took a path which turned out to be a mistaken one, and thus the rider concedes time to his closest rivals. Barreda finished in 13th place some 44 minutes off the winner of the special. In doing so, the Spaniard drops back into second overall place behind Marc Coma. Javier Pizzolito played it safe and finished in 45th place. This morning’s stage took the riders through the dry scrubs, one of which got caught up between Paulo Goncalves’ engine and exhaust setting the area on fire, which then spread to the engine. The flames engulfed the bike of the FIM Cross-Country World Champion, who although escaping unhurt, is forced out of the competition.
The riders on the new production Honda CRF450 RALLY, Pablo ‘Cacha’ Rodriguez and Laia Sanz, finished amongst the front-runners once again. ‘Cacha’ scored the 16th best time against the clock and Laia finished 39th moving up into 22th overall place in the standings.
Friday, January 10
Stage 6: Tucumán -Salta
Liaison: 64 km Special: 400 km Total: 464 km
The quest for the best time
Once they have left Tucuman, the cars will head north and drive along part of the renowned Ruta 40, and continue on in the heart of one of Argentina’s most beautiful landscapes. The possibilities to widen the gap will be limited but the most skilled riders may be able to seize the opportunity of adding a stage to their list of wins. A new trip to the mountains will take motorcyclists to the banks of the rivers. They will have to remain vigilant until the very end of the stage as the region is frequented to a great extent by animals of all sizes. Then they will finally be able to rest.
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 03:02:08|
|2||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +00:12:54|
|3||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +00:25:53|
|4||#30 Riaan Van Niekerk (KTM) +00:32:04|
|5||#40 Juan Carlos Salvatierra (SPEEDBRAIN) +00:33:12|
|13||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:44:20|
|32||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +00:43:59|
|39||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +01:49:28|
|45||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +02:14:44|
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 18:45:11|
|2||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:41:10|
|3||#5 Chaleco Lopez (KTM) +00:53:41|
|4||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +00:58:58|
|5||#22 Alain Duclos (SHERCO) +01:02:13|
|10||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +01:58:18|
|22||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +04:02:54|
|33||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +06:16:43|
|43||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +07:25:36|