The Dakar Rally
TEAM HRC’s Joan Barreda finished the eighth stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 in third place. Helder Rodrigues crossed the finish-line in fourth, and Laia Sanz continues her run of excellent performances on the Honda CRF450 RALLY pre-production model.
The Dakar said goodbye to an accommodating and vibrant Bolivia, and has moved on to Chile. Today saw the second leg of the marathon stage, in the area of Salar de Uyuni, which had been reduced in length by some twelve kilometers.
Joan Barreda, yesterday’s winner, set about cutting down the distance with the overall race leader, opening the way in the special, in a solitary ride in which we clocked up a total time of 2’39” in third place.
Helder Rodrigues, looking far more at ease in this stage, finished fourth some 6’38” behind the stage winner, and Javier Pizzolito ended the race in eighteenth.
Honda Argentina Rally Team’s accumulation of good stage results continues with Laia Sanz always in the top twenty at the various time checks, finishing fifteenth at the end of the day. Team-mate Pablo ‘Cacha’ Rodríguez finished in the top fifty.
Tuesday, January 14
Stage 9: Calama - Iquique
Liaison: 29 km Special: 422 km Total: 451 km
A steep drop: thrills guaranteed
The 2014 Dakar will reach its most northern point in Iquique, where the competitors will see the ocean for the first time this year. Above all, the drivers and teams will discover the Atacama Dunes again after a first part of a special stage which will be rather tedious. Dune specialists will be in command over a distance of almost 150km. Thrills will be guaranteed at the very end of the day, on the last three kilometers of the descen t to Iquique: there is more than a 30% difference in height from start to finish and it is almost not recommended to break. The law of gravitation takes on its full meaning: the bivouac is not far away!
|1||#1 Cyril Despres (YAMAHA) 05:23:20|
|2||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) +00:02:15|
|3||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:02:39|
|4||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +00:06:38|
|5||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +00:10:40|
|15||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +00:21:10|
|18||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +00:27:05|
|48||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +01:01:23|
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 32:06:19|
|2||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:38:38|
|3||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +01:27:22|
|4||#22 Alain Duclos (SHERCO) +01:49:09|
|5||#38 Jeremias Israel (SPEEDBRAIN) +01:52:05|
|8||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +02:12:41|
|17||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +04:54:29|
|36||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +08:36:44|
|37||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +08:46:36|