Thursday, January 16, 2014

Barreda 5th & Rodrigues 6th for Team HRC in Stage 11, Longest Day of the Dakar Rally

Dakar 2014   Stage 11   16/01/2014

TEAM HRC riders overcome long Dakar stage and maintain positions

After this, the eleventh and longest stage so far in this edition of the Rally Dakar 2014, Joan Barreda crossed the El Salvador finish-line in fifth and Hélder Rodrigues in sixth position.

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 fifth 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 fifteenth place where she finally finished. Her team-mate from the Honda Argentina Rally Team, Pablo Gonzalez finished the special in the top forty.

Video Stage 10                              Behind the Scenes 10

Joan Barreda   5th   08'12   TEAM HRC
Today was one of the most important days with a lot of timed kilometres. 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   6th   +09'23   TEAM HRC
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   18th   +35'47   TEAM HRC
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. 

Classification Stage 11
1Marc Coma6:36'08ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2Cyril Despres+02'51FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
3Olivier Pain+05'28FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
4Jordi Viladoms+05'53ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5Joan Barreda+08'12ESPHONDATEAM HRC
6Helder Rodrigues+09'23PORHONDATEAM HRC
7Joan Pedrero+09'50ESPSHERCOSherco Rally Factory
8Stefan Svitko+13'25SLOKTMOraving Slovnaft Team
9Kuba Przygonski+14'40POLKTMKTM Rally Factory
10Ivan Jakes+14'47SLOKTMNad Ress Adventure

General standings after Stage 11
1Marc Coma48:24'41ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2Joan Barreda+52'36ESPHONDATEAM HRC
3Jordi Viladoms+02:07'56ESPKTMKTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4Olivier Pain+02:21'40FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
5Helder Rodrigues+02:30'35PORHONDATEAM HRC
6Cyril Despres+02:31'18FRAYAMAHAYamaha Racing
7Kuba Przygonski+02:43'55POLKTMKTM Rally Factory
8Daniel Gouet+03:24'35CHIHONDATamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team
9Stefan Svitko+03:46'32SLOKTMOraving Slovnaft Team
10David Casteu+04:07'56FRAKTMTeam Casteu

Editor's note--today's press release from Team HRC did NOT have it's usual English translation for tomorrow's stage.

Tomorrow's stage 12

Etapa 12: El Salvador – La Serena
Enlace: 349 km            Especial: 350 km            Total: 699 km

Las dunas de la última oportunidad

El lugar elegido en altura, El Salvador, domina claramente la ubicación habitual del bivouac de Copiapó. Esta posición permite evitar la amenaza de la camanchaca, la neblina matinal que perturba a veces la partida de las etapas. Las dunas seguirán formando parte del juego, especialmente en un ancho cordón que deberán atravesar al final de la especial. Y quien dice dunas, dice también riesgo de encallarse. El liderato puede estar en peligro.

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