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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Flood, Jan 5, 2013.
Cliff Notes current through here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=852309&page=1023
Dakar.com has finished up adding photos from stage 11. i've re-posted everything over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread. over a hundred awesome photos!
#32 - IVAN JAKES (SVK)
#9 - OLIVIER PAIN (FRA)
#314 - BORIS GARAFULIC (CHL) / GILLES PICARD (FRA)
#306 - LUCIO EZEQUIEL ÁLVAREZ (ARG) / BERNARDO ROLANDO GRAUE (ARG)
#36 - LAIA SANZ (ESP)
#327 - BALAZS SZALAY (HUN) / LASZLO BUNKOCZI (HUN)
#150 - LUIS BELAUSTEGUI (ARG)
#277 - SAREL VAN BILJON (ZAF)
#266 - GASTÓN GONZÁLEZ (ARG)
#35 - THOMAS BERGLUND (SWE)
#103 - MARIO PATRAO (PRT)
#28 - JEAN DE AZEVEDO (BRA)
#102 - DAVID REEVE (ZMB)
#33 - JOHNNY CAMPBELL (USA)
tldr; i've re-posted everything over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.
The bike race isn't just about strategy. It's also about rally-raid sport: we've just rode 440 km. I was feeling good on the first section, where there was quite a bit of navigation. Afterwards, I saw that I'd got some time back on Chaleco and that he wasn't going to disappear into the distance over 140 km. So I thought I had better be careful with the engine. Since I ate quite a bit of dust in the morning, I preferred to make sure and take it easy. For Ruben, we tried our best! In his defence, the navigation wasn't that easy in the morning. There were two or three tricky bits of reading to select the right track. As for celebrating, we still have 220 kilometres to the bivouac today and with 690 km tomorrow, it's not going to be a walk in the park
The day before the finish in Santiago, "Chaleco" Lopez put in a first-class performance between Copiapo and La Serena to pick up his 4th stage victory in 2013 and more importantly to move into 2nd place in the general standings at the expense of Ruben Faria.
On home soil, it is well known that Francisco Chaleco Lopez is formidable. As proof, out of his 6 victories on the Dakar before this 35th edition, four of the triumphs were obtained in Chile. The motivation of national pride was all the stronger today since at the start of the 13th stage, the country's idol was in a position to grab 2nd place in the general standings. Taking advantage of being the seventh rider to start, Chaleco let rip over the 380-km of the day's special to leave the stopwatch smoking and pick up his 4th stage victory on the Dakar 2013 and his 10th overall in his career on the event
as well as his 6th on his native Chilean soil. At the finishing line, the Tamarugal Honda rider beat Frenchman Cyril Despres, 2nd today, by 5'25. He also put 5'29" between himself and Portugal's Paulo Gonçalves, but most significantly beat Portuguese rider Ruben Faria, who finished in only 15th place today, by 14'27.
As a result, in the general standings, whilst Cyril Despres remains solidly in the lead, he witnessed "Chaleco" moving into 2nd place, 8'15 behind him, whilst Ruben Faria, the title holder's water carrier, fell back into 3rd, 10'04 in front of Ivan Jakes.
An upbeat Lyndon calls in on the Penultimate day of the rally. After his miraculous (and rally-saving) mechanical repair yesterday, he started well down the field today and had to contend with a lot of dust, passing 40 bikes and quads through the course of the stage. One day to go, and Lyndon knows it's not over until the finishers medal (which is satisfyingly heavy, as Ned Suesse informed us last year) is in his hand. Keep it steady, Lyndon, and thanks for the ride!
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Direct download link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/rallyraidio/13D17.mp3
quick catch-up with the ktm-newsroom, lots of new images posted to the media thread...
Stage 01 - KTM RIDERS WELL PLACED AFTER DAKAR 2013 STAGE ONE
Stage 02 - KTM'S FARIA AND PEDRERO 2-3 OVERALL AFTER DAKAR STAGE TWO
Stage 03 - DESPRES TAKES OVER AS OVERALL LEADER IN DAKAR 2013!
Stage 04 - DESPRES CONTINUES TO RIDE AT HIS OWN PACE
Stage 05 - DESPRES THIRD OVERALL AS DAKAR RALLY ENTERS CHILE
Stage 06 - DESPRES NOW 2ND OVERALL AT DAKAR 2013 AFTER STAGE SIX
Stage 07 - STAGE SEVEN WIN TO NEWCOMER KURT CASELLI!
Marathon Bivouac - DAKAR UPDATE FROM THE RIDERS' BIVOUAC
Stage 08 - DESPRES CLAWS BACK SOME TIME IN STAGE EIGHT
Rest Day - DAKAR 2013 REST DAY WRAP-UP
Stage 09 - DAKAR 2013: DESPRES WINS STAGE 9; FARIA IN OVERALL LEAD!
Stage 10 - DESPRES & FARIA 1-2 OVERALL AFTER STAGE TEN!
Stage 11 - DAKAR 2013: STAGE ELEVEN WIN TO CASELLI; DESPRES & FARIA 1-2 OVERALL!
Stage 12 - DESPRES RETAINS OVERALL LEAD AT DAKAR 2013
Stage 13 - DESPRES HEADS TO SANTIAGO IN OVERALL DAKAR LEAD!
So you think it'd be easy to do Dakar media, eh?