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2011 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results
Jonah Street's Dakar finish may be in jeopardy today
Another rough day is taking its toll on the riders
10:30 am – Street makes it to the Finish of Stage 7
Despite problems earlier in the stage American Jonah Street finishes Stage 7 1:30:57 behind today’s stage winner Contardo Lopez of Chile. Street was shown in the 53rd position on the day.
6:45 am – The first riders are arriving at the finish of todays 600k special stage. The big news is that American Jonah Street is currently stopped with what appears to be a motor problem. He came to a halt at 150k into the stage and has not gotten back on the tracking yet. Sherco rider David Casteau appears to be in similar distress with a broken transmission. On a better note, Quinn Cody has just arrived at the end of the stage in 11th position provisionally. Stay tuned as we will have all the dope later today.
As for the front runners, it looks like Chilean Contardo will finally get his stage win for this years Dakar. Despres and Coma have followed along a few minutes back all day. The two Portuguese riders Rodrigues and Faria are in, about 10 minutes back from the leader. After a few strong days last week, the BMW contingent has suffered from both rider and bike issues. They continue to struggle today.
LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL)
PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)
FARRES GUELL (ESP)
JCR Honda talks about Quinn Cody’s first week
The 2011 DAKAR is underway and all eyes are on American hopeful Quinn Cody!
On New Years day 2011 JCR/Honda’s Quinn Cody and the Dakar Rally saw an emotional beginning when more than one million enthusiastic spectators cheered for the 430 racers as they headed of into the deserts of Argentina and Chile. Buenos Aires famous Avenida 9 de Julio and the obelisk provided the scene of the ceremonial start of the 2011 DAKAR Rally. With live crowds totaling more than 4 Million along the course, the DAKAR is a force of nature in its own right, in addition to the 190 countries that air the DAKAR every day for several weeks. The global exposure from this race is truly amazing. Similar in many ways to the Tour De France. In fact, the DAKAR is ran by the ASO, the same company that runs the Tour De France except in the DAKAR the streets are replaced by the most gruelling Off-Road terrain South America has to offer. Stages average between 200 and 400 miles per day at speeds reaching 100 MPH.
JCR/Honda’s own Johnny Campbell just returned from DAKAR and had this to say. “DAKAR is the biggest, toughest test of man, his desire, mental and physical being. In order to finish you have to push yourself day after day- with minimal rest in the harshest conditions. Quinn is quickly proving that he has what it takes to conquer the DAKAR. He has done a remarkable job, as well as the Team Honda Europe crew in securing consistent finishes day after day. Quinn has been executing our strategy perfectly, and I am excited to see him complete the entire journey back to Buenos Aires this week.” — Johnny Campbell
From Speedbrain BMW squad
Dakar 2011, Stage 7, Arica-Antofagasta Road section 208 km, Special 631 km (shortened)
Team BMW Motorrad by speedbrain is currently experiencing all highs and lows of motorcycle racing during the Dakar 2011. After Paulo Goncalves had to suffer through stage six with a malfunctioning generator, and all desperate repair attempts failing, Saturday´s rest day brought back motivation into the team. All bikes were carefully checked and team principal Wolfgang Fischer succeeded in getting everyone dedicated for the second part of the rallye.
“The atmosphere within the team is great,” Fischer said. “The team will continue to fight for good results despite the black Friday we endured.”
The organisers shortened Sunday´s stage seven from Arica to Antofagasta, because many riders arrived at the bivouac not sooner than Saturday. They were given a bit of breathing space by shortening today´s race. The speedbrain crew meanwhile displayed their competitiveness on a stage filled with difficult sections.
Paulo Goncalves recovered from Friday´s seven and a half hour lateness to show the BMW G 450 RR´s worthiness.
The Portuguese was allowed to start the stage in eleventh spot following an appeal by the team. Goncalves was having a good beginning until hitting a stone and crashing 40 kilometers into the route. The incident costed five minutes, but Goncalves responded with morale to take seventh place at the finish line.
Frans Verhoeven was riding well also. The Dutchman ended the day in ninth spot, promoting him from tenth to sixth in the overall standings. Verhoeven, like many others, went down over a treacherous passage.
Verhoeven: “That was a very difficult stage. It was going good right away and Paulo, who started one minute behind, soon caught me. We rode together for a while, which was great. I later crashed in the passage they call Fesch Fesch when hitting a stone. I was fine so I told Paulo to ride ahead. The dust was brutal and getting everywhere. Helmet, mouth, eyes. Because my rivals all suffered from the same problems, I was making considerable ground.”
Pedro Bianchi Prata kept supporting the team, just as in all previous stages. The Portugues lies 34th in the overall ranks. He keeps riding consistently.
Tomorrow´s stage will be extremely technical and difficult. The riders have to go over 776 kilometers from Antofagasta to Copiapo. It´s a stage with long sand sections, requiring good navigation skills from the riders.