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The Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally : Stage 11

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January 16, 2014

TEAM HRC Riders Overcome Long Dakar stage and Maintain Positions

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.

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Joan Barreda
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Helder Rodrigues

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.

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Helder Rodrigues
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Javier Pizzolito
Joan Barreda, SS11 4th +05'21, 2nd in the Overall :
"Today was one of the most important days with a lot of timed kilometers. I really tried, pushing hard from the beginning, but about 300 km into the race I had a heavy fall in the fesh-fesh zone and I broke the navigation system. I waited for Cyril [Despres] who was about six minutes behind and I stuck with him until the end of the special. I’m happy that we’ve got this difficult stage out of the way and we are a bit closer to the end."
Helder Rodrigues, SS11 5th +06'32, 5th in the Overall :
"I’m pleased to be here at the finish. I had a problem with the fuel tank at km 100 and I tried to fix it, but it was really hard to mend and then the problem came back again. I tried to finish by filling the tank to the top and that way I was able to make it home. With a problem like that I could have finished way back, but here I am, and I’m fine."
Javier Pizzolito, SS11 17th +32'56, 24th in the Overall :
"The longest stage has finished and here I am, back at the bivouac in El Salvador, which is great. It was mainly rocky ground today with a lot of off-road. I started out well, but felt a blow at the back and the rear suspension stopped working properly. We’ll find out what caused it tomorrow and then tackle the rest of the race."
Event information

Friday, January 17
Stage 12: El Salvador – La Serena
Liaison: 349 km  Special: 350 km  Total: 699 km

Dakar Rally - Stage 11

Rank Rider (Team)
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

Dakar Rally - Overall classification

Rank Rider (Team)
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

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