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Chaleco Leads Desafio Litoral Day 1
Francisco Lopez Makes Good Debut On New Team
This is a translation from the Lopez website, so it may read a little funny:
In the first 330 km from Dakar Series, the pilot of the Italian team Ferrari Bordone took the KTM 450 at its best, beating for one minute and 49 seconds to favorite Frenchman Cyril Despres.
Posadas, Argentina, Monday, July 23, 2012. –Francisco Lopez left here on the right foot in the Coastal Challenge Rally in Argentina, after winning the first stage of 320 kilometers from Puerto Iguazu and Posadas with a lead of 1:49 on Frenchman Cyril Despres favorite.
“Vest” made a round on a task extremely difficult terrain with wooded and populated sections of animals loose, muddy fields and extensive wetlands inclined curves, typical of the tropical zone of the neighboring country.
After a grueling final link of 300 kilometers, the Chilean Bordone Ferrari team learned at the bivouac of Inns of partial victory and commented: “We had to be very alert to the road, you could not run much. I continued to Cyril catch, then we went at a good pace for many miles and arrived almost together to the finish. from winning is great, especially fighting a champion like Despres. ”
The curicano extended the analysis of the battle with the king of the Dakar trick: “At first it took me to follow him, just come back to high competition and he is in top form. I am very happy about that: I did 330 km very good on roads jammed , slippery, with forests, waterfalls and side by side with Despres. ”
The country did not want to oversize the positive result today, subtracting favoritism for next steps. “I give every day the best you can, now pulled well and I value it. Tomorrow will be more complicated: Cyril will go catch me yet, as Przygonski, so keep learning more accounts, it motivates me having scored one more stage in a Dakar Series and feel the strength to the rest of the week. ”
The second stage of competition, will be a return of 392 competitive kilometers in the jungle perimeter of the border city of Posadas, adjacent to just one km from the Paraguayan town of incarnation.
Stage One: Iguazu to Posadas
1, Chaleco López, Chile, KTM 4 hours 12.30
2, Cyril Despres, France, KTM, at 1 minute 49 seconds
3, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM at 4.12
4, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM at 13.30
5, Mauricio Gomez, Argentina, Yamaha at 14.38
6, Jeremias Israel, Chile, Honda at 18.29
7, Juan c. Salvatierra Bolivia, Honda at 33.12
8, Pablo Rodriguez, Argentina, Honda at 39.08
9, Javier Pizzolito, Argentina, Honda at 41.08
10, Juan Cruz Ortiz, Argentina, Yamaha at 46.05