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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Flood, Jan 5, 2013.
Cool Rest Day Bivouac pics from inmate McGuyver:
Olivier Pain has also stopped, 182 km into the special, for some as yet unknown reason. The Frenchman and former overall leader has come to a halt in a forested area where the course of today's special follows a forest road.
Overall leader David Casteu has come to a standstill 210 km into today's special. The rider from Nice had already stopped before to check something on his motorcycle. It looks like he's got a fuel supply problem (a leak, maybe?). But the Yamaha rider stopped 16 km from the refuelling point, could it be that he's run out of petrol?
Yamaha's Vincent Guindani stopped next to David Casteu, probably to help him out, and the rider from Nice is up and running again after losing about ten minutes.
I think Rod and Chaleco both have broken trackers. They're missing at WP3, show up on the manual CP2, then go missing at WP4 again. That's a textbook behaviour for a broken iritrack. They might get sorted before they start into the neutralization.
Chilean Josefina Gardulski's rescue of fellow countryman Axel Heilenkotter didn't earn her any good karma, it seems. She was hit by a mechanical problem which degenerated into a fire. She was 133rd in the overall this morning..
The former overall leader fell in the area around km 370. Olivier Pain tumbled into a ditch and was unable to get out from it. He emerged unscathed with some help from Michael Metge and Vincent Guindani, who's doubling up as Yamaha's guardian angel today.
Cyril Despres is in control, still followed by Joan Barreda at 3'47", Alessandro Botturi at 5'29", Ruben Faria at 5'49", Ivan Jakes at 7'25" and Hélder Rodrigues at 7'47". David Casteu has lost 23'46" so far.
David Casteu is still in the special, but now we know more about his mishaps: it's all about a problem with his tank which he hasn't been able to repair by himself. Expect the rider from Nice to plummet down the classification.
Casteu is finally in, over 2 hours behind. Terrible day for a great rider.
1 DESPRES Cyril (FRA) 14:50:36 07:41:36 -
2 5 BARREDA BORT Joan (ESP) 14:35:39 07:45:39 00:04:03
3 17 BOTTURI ALESSANDRO (ITA) 15:10:50 07:46:50 00:05:14
4 11 FARIA Ruben (PRT) 15:08:53 07:49:23 00:07:47
5 3 RODRIGUES Helder (PRT) 14:58:23 07:50:23 00:08:47
6 32 JAKES Ivan (SVK) 14:45:13 07:51:13 00:09:37
7 20 GONÇALVES Paulo (PRT) 15:17:50 07:52:50 00:11:14
8 12 PEDRERO Juan (ESP) 15:22:50 07:53:50 00:12:14
9 13 FARRES GUELL Gerard (ESP) 15:16:48 07:55:48 00:14:12
10 33 CAMPBELL Johnny (USA) 14:48:32 07:56:32 00:14:56
How does it feel to start amongst your heroes in the first 10 on a stage in the Dakar? Pretty magical. Lyndon started 9th from the line in today's stage, ahead of such stalwarts as Cyril Despres, Helder Rogrigues, and Chaleco Lopez. Knowing full well that they would catch him on track, he rode his own ride, and was treated to a show out along the way. Kid in a candy store? You bet! It's a whole different world at the front end of the field. Grab a beer, and enjoy the tale!
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