The Dakar Rally
The Dakar saw a navigation-heavy stage which passed through many kinds of terrain and put the rider’s skill at using the roadbook to the test. The stage ended in spectacular style when the race –after some 40 km of dunes- finished with the picturesque steep descent into Iquique, from where the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
TEAM HRC rider Joan Barreda set off early with a 06:47 start this morning, beginning the special some 422 km later. Sixty kilometers into the race he had caught up with Cyril Despres and once again, he made a solitary ride upfront opening the way for more than 350 km. The Spaniard really put the CRF450 RALLY through its paces finishing in ninth place*.
Helder Rodrigues attacked hard again today in order to try and cut down the deficit with his immediate rivals in the fight for a podium place. His fifth place* finish helps better his overall position. The Portuguese rider now lies in sixth in the general standings.
Argentine Javier Pizzolito, who yesterday finished the second part of the marathon stage in the first twenty, continued to make progress today with a thirteenth place* stage finish.
Laia Sanz, from the Honda Argentina Rally Team, finishes another excellent day, improving on her best results thus far in the Dakar. Tenth at the first time-check, she was able to cross the line in Iquique in seventh place* in spite of having to use the roadbook manually for over 200 kms. Team-mate Pablo Rodríguez finished the stage without any setbacks.
*Due to fifteen-minute penalty on Joan Barreda,their ranks changed.
Wednesday, January 15
Stage 10: Iquique - Antofagasta
Liaison: 58 km Special: 631 km Total: 689 km
It wouldn’t be the Dakar without fesh-fesh
The special stage, split into two sections with very different features, will begin with the descent towards the shores of the Pacific. The advance gained in the stage the day before may will be increased in the sand during the first two hundred kilometers. Even more skill will be required to tackle the sections of fesh-fesh in the second part of the stage. Once this difficult area is behind the drivers, they will all be delighted to twist and wind along the region’s mine tracks, and in particular to be welcomed by the majestic arch of La Portuda, a stone’s throw from the bivouac in Antofagasta.
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 04:48:48|
|2||#1 Cyril Despres (YAMAHA) +00:05:45|
|3||#23 Juan Pedrero (SHERCO) +00:09:00|
|4||#19 Stefan Svitko(KTM) +00:09:59|
|5||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +00:12:01|
|7||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +00:14:51|
|9||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:16:58|
|13||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +00:19:57|
|35||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +01:03:19|
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 36:55:07|
|2||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:55:36|
|3||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +01:54:02|
|4||#38 Jeremias Israel (SPEEDBRAIN) +02:07:23|
|5||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +02:16:27|
|6||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +02:24:42|
|16||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +05:09:20|
|31||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +08:56:41|
|34||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +09:49:55|