The Dakar Rally
After this, the eleventh and longest stage so far in the Dakar Rally 2014, Joan Barreda crossed the El Salvador finish-line in fourth and Hélder Rodrigues in fifth position.
It was Joan Barreda, who started out first today from Antofagasta, as the winner of yesterday’s stage. After completing the 144 km liaison he set of to tackle the 605 km special against the clock, the longest to date in the Dakar 2014. The eleventh stage covered a variety of terrain, hard ground, mountains, plus 120 km of sand and dunes in the Copiapo area.
Joan Barreda fell about halfway through the special in the fesh-fesh zone, damaging the navigation system of his Honda CRF450 RALLY in the process. Without the road-book, the Spaniard was forced to wait for the other riders to be able to make it to the end of the stage. Barreda finished fourth and maintains second position in the overall.
Portuguese Hélder Rodrigues was enjoying a good run until a problem with one of the petrol tanks arose. At refuelling he made an attempt to repair the tanks, refilled, and was able to finish the rally without conceding much time to his adversaries in the battle for the third podium step.
After yesterday’s eighth place, Javier Pizzolito finished further back after he hit a rock and damaged the bike’s rear wheel suspension.
Laia Sanz, made a decided effort to improve on her previous position, after a less positive day out yesterday. Today the Spanish rider never dropped below twentieth place where she finally finished. Her team-mate from the Honda Argentina Rally Team, Pablo Gonzalez finished the special in the top forty.
Friday, January 17
Stage 12: El Salvador – La Serena
Liaison: 349 km Special: 350 km Total: 699 km
|1||#1 Cyril Despres (YAMAHA) 06:38:59|
|2||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +00:02:37|
|3||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +00:03:02|
|4||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:05:21|
|5||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +00:06:32|
|17||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +00:32:56|
|21||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +00:43:31|
|32||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +01:16:25|
|1||#2 Marc Coma (KTM) 48:39:41|
|2||#3 Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:37:36|
|3||#4 Jordi Viladoms (KTM) +01:52:56|
|4||#6 Olivier Pain (YAMAHA) +02:06:40|
|5||#7 Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +02:15:35|
|19||#50 Laia Sanz (Honda) +07:46:23|
|24||#14 Javier Pizzolito (Honda) +09:23:00|
|32||#46 Pablo Rodriguez (Honda) +11:59:36|