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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Flood, Jan 5, 2013.
Francisco López started the special at 9:15 am. 346 kilometres await, with a first timed section of 111 km. We'll keep an eye on the gaps between him and his main rival Cyril Despres.
Today's live show is on ES2!
Last live show of Dakar 2013 starts uk 5:45pm E2 (18:45cet)... Stage highlights 11pm uk /Midnight cet..... ish!
WP1-Wp3 are done, the riders now enter a long neutralization stage before a short 17km heat to the finish.
The timers are more than wonky, with Lopez leading, followed by Faria.
Despres is shown 8 minutes behind, but this time is most probably wrong as we saw him coming in much earlier.
We hope to know more at the end of the neutralization.
Pyn is back in the 30s, going along fine.
Mr. Lyndon Poskitt, the second he finished his first Dakar!
Chaleco, quoted on Dakar's website:
"I had a problem with my gearbox yesterday and had to change my engine. Unfortunately, I was second in the overall classification. But making it to Santiago was more important than chasing an impossible second place. I'm happy because I won yesterday's stage. I went the whole nine yards every single day. With four stage wins under my belt and a podium spot, I'm happy for myself, for everyone, for Chile, for my family, for my wife. Changing the engine was the right decision. If I hadn't, I'd still be on the course. Now, this third place counts more than a second place. Especially after what happened last year and the terrible accident. It's just like winning the Dakar."
Sorry for not updating this stage while it ran - even on the last stage, the trackers were crazy. What's more, the people running the dakar.com live update didn't understand their own data and told us stuff like "Nav error for Lopez, he lost the stage and his overall podium", which is all bollocks.
Lopez led the stage from the beginning, it was only his 15' penalty from his engine change last night - he lost 4th gear - that confused thing timing.
Lopez wins SS14 ahead of Faria, Barreda and Helder Rodrigues.
That means no change in the overall positions: Cyril Despres wins his 5th title, having won only a single stage and riding an (Dobrowski's) engine, that made all the way from Lima to Santiago.
Team mate Ruben Faria comes 2nd in a great show of team tactics.
Chaleco takes 3rd after 2 horrible seasons, leaving Aprilia, going to Bordone Ferrari and then starting his own team on a factory KTM.
Ivan Jakes, Slovak privateer comes in 4th with an impressive showing of talent.
We're still waiting for Luis, but all other heroes on the ADV watch list made it in.
Boy are we proud.
"Yesterday I lost second place and I thought that just being on the podium was great for me, Cyril Despres' lieutenant. It could never happen, it's inconceivable. Chaleco changed his engine, so I thought there were few kilometres left and I was going to defend my place. I fell within the last ten kilometres as I was riding in Pozzolito's dust. Nothing serious. I'm over the moon."
And Luis made it! Last rider in, 3 hours 45 min behind!
On a 150!
Fresh off the podium, we catch up with Lyndon for a wrap-up interview for his 2013 Dakar effort. Many of you have asked to hear from Lyndon's dad, Robin, who served as his mechanic for the race, and I'm happy to say that Robin joined us for this call! Grab your favorite beverage and sit back for the final details and some reflection on the past fortnight (indeed, the past year). Cheers!
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For the third year in a row, fans from around the world have followed Luis Belaustegui as he's attempted the Dakar on a 2-stroke KTM 150. Last year he came agonizingly close before a crash and injury ruled him out a stage from the end. This year, he had to overcome one challenge after the next in order to make it. When you hear his attitude, I think it will be clear why he was able to triumph.
We chat with mechanic and team manager Scott Spears, followed by Luis, as they are on a layover on their flight home from Chile. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us guys, and congratulations on a job well done!!
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Time to un-stick this, thanks for the ride, everyone.