|Dakar 2014||Stage 9||14/01/2014|
Another positive stage for TEAM HRC: Barreda second again.
The Dakar saw a navigation heavy stage which passed through many kinds of terrain and put the rider’s skill at using the roadbook to the test. The stage ended in spectacular style when the race –after some 40 km of dunes- finished with the picturesque steep descent into Iquique, from where the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
A very complicated stage today. I tried to push from the beginning upping the pace as much as possible, but Marc [Coma] fought really hard and caught up with me in the dunes. I could do no more. There are two really tough days still awaiting us, but we are going to continue following the same line. Tomorrow I’ll be opening the way again. I’m very pleased with the job done.
It has been a good one for me. I pushed hard. I knew that Cyril, Joan and Marc were really going for it, but I forced things to try and make up some time on the other riders. In the end I was out there on my own, not really fast, but I did well. I’m happy to still be here another day more. It has been long, but we have finished.
It was a very entertaining special. I’ve experienced terrain of every type: rocks, technical, fast and we finished up in some really nice dunes, so I was able to set a good pace, and finish here, waiting to arrive in Valparaiso.
Classifications Stage 9
|1||Marc Coma||4:49'05||ESP||KTM||KTM Red Bull Rally Factory|
|2||Joan Barreda||+01'41||ESP||HONDA||TEAM HRC|
|3||Cyril Despres||+05'28||FRA||YAMAHA||Yamaha Racing|
|4||Joan Pedrero||+08'43||ESP||SHERCO||Sherco Rally Factory|
|5||Stefan Svitko||+09'42||SLO||KTM||Oraving Slovnaft Team|
|6||Jordi Viladoms||+11'23||ESP||KTM||KTM Red Bull Rally Factory|
|7||Helder Rodrigues||+11'42||POR||HONDA||TEAM HRC|
|8||Ivan Jakes||+13'40||SLO||KTM||Nad Ress Adventure|
|9||Laia Sanz||+14'34||ESP||HONDA||Honda Argentina|
|10||Jeremias Israel||+15'01||CHL||SPEEDBRAIN||Team Speedbrain|
General standings after Stage 9
|1||Marc Coma||36:55'24||ESP||KTM||KTM Red Bull Rally Factory|
|2||Joan Barreda||+40'19||ESP||HONDA||TEAM HRC|
|3||Jordi Viladoms||+01:38'45||ESP||KTM||KTM Red Bull Rally Factory|
|4||Jeremias Israel||+02:07'06||CHL||SPEEDBRAIN||Team Speedbrain|
|5||Olivier Pain||+02:16'10||FRA||YAMAHA||Yamaha Racing|
|6||Helder Rodrigues||+02:24'25||POR||HONDA||TEAM HRC|
|7||Kuba Przygonski||+02:25'20||POL||KTM||KTM Rally Factory|
|8||Cyril Despres||+02:29'56||FRA||YAMAHA||Yamaha Racing|
|9||Daniel Gouet||+02:57'42||CHI||HONDA||Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team|
|10||Stefan Svitko||+03:29'02||SLO||KTM||Oraving Slovnaft Team|
Stage 10: Iquique - Antofagasta
Liasion: 58 km Special: 631 km Total: 689 km
The special stage, split into two sections with very different features, will begin with the descent towards the shores of the Pacific. The advance gained in the stage the day before may will be increased in the sand during the first two hundred kilometres. Even more skill will be required to tackle the sections of fesh-fesh in the second part of the stage. Once this difficult area is behind the drivers, they will all be delighted to twist and wind along the region’s mine tracks, and in particular to be welcomed by the majestic arch of La Portuda, a stone’s throw from the bivouac in Antofagasta.