Yamaha’s David Casteu Withdraws – Tuesday, David did not take the start of the 10th stage Cordoba – La Rioja, having been forced to retire at the end of the 9th stage played Monday. Having dropped after hitting a cow on the track at km 120, David was wounded in the shoulder.
“I have the ligaments connecting the clavicle and scapula torn. So it becomes very difficult for me to continue to mid-term. I am very disappointed for my partner and all the people behind me, ” said David who was the 1st place overall before this accident. “I remain on site to ensure my role as team manager in supporting Roman Souvignet” David concludes. Solidarity, Romain Souvignet attended David in his misfortune, this is the reason why the second rider Casteu lost many places.
Chaleco Lopez – Today’s new stage in Argentina was very difficult, very technical like endurance races. The mountains are completely different from the open desert. Now tomorrow at Fiambala is a difficult stage, very sandy with rivers. I’m now thinking of the finish in Santiago. Every day I need to finish though, like today I finished. The two days in Argentina have been very difficult, like endurance races, which for me is not my specialty, and it’s very good.
Spreedbrain Husqvarna –Joan Barreda wins the tenth stage of the Dakar, from Cordoba-La Rioja with a special test of 357 km. With this, his fourth stage victory, the rider who hails from Castellon, Spain, becomes the most honoured rider so far in the competition.
Joan on his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain showed once again that not only did he have the speed but also the skill to dominate every type of terrain. Barreda, who started behind Despres this morning, eased his way through the course, catching up with Cyril Despres near the end of the special test.
Paulo Goncalves, took the podium in third 2:44 minutes behind Joan after having fought back from seventh position at this morning’s start-line.
Alessandro Botturi, was unlucky with his seventh place finish after spending most of the special up in third position, but a fall hampered his progress and he dropped down to seventh, finishing 8:05 minutes behind his winning team-mate. However, Alessandro remains in fifth overall place 24:25 minutes behind leader Despres in the overall leader-board.
Tomorrow sees the much feared La Rioja – Fiambalà stage with some 483 km special test and scorching temperatures expected.
Joan Barreda: “Today I’m really pleased with my fourth victory in this Dakar. I rode very well today, very cleanly and didn’t take any risks once the special got going”.
Paulo Goncalves: “I was ready to attack right from the word go, but I had a lot of trouble trying to get past Ruben and Ivan. It was a great day nevertheless. It was a really enjoyable stage to ride, almost like an enduro course with all the different types of ground”.
Alessandro Botturi: “I was in third place until halfway through the special, and I felt great, but then I hit a rock as I took a curve, lost my balance and fell. I hurt my pinky quite badly, I hope that it’s not broken”.
From KTM – Red Bull KTM factory rider and title-holder Cyril Despres fought a close battle with Spaniard Joan Barreda in Stage 10 of the Dakar 2013 to finish just one minute 15 behind his rival. The French rider now to secure a narrow lead in the overall standings in front of factory teammate Ruben Faria of Portugal, who secured eighth place in the stage.
Despres, who is now looking settled and determined to go for his fifth Dakar title made the breakthrough on Monday when he won the longest stage in this year’s edition after an eventful first half of the rally. But he was quick to brush off suggestions that his luck had changed and told journalists it was much more “..about experience and preparation and training and bringing all the right elements together at the right moment”.
Speaking of Tuesday’s stage Despres said it was at ‘cruising pace’. “With a motivated Joan Barreda on my tail, you can’t slow down. I managed to keep the pace. The bike again worked well and suffered less than yesterday. The selective side is what makes the Dakar different and stand out when compared to all the other rallies. Picking up seconds in the general standings is not the most important thing. What matters is making statements, making a difference, gaining in confidence and letting the racing do the talking.”
KTM factory teammate Joan Pedrero also delivered a strong performance in Tuesday’s 357 km timed special on the road from Cordoba to La Rioja in Argentina to finish in fourth place just four minutes 27 behind the stage leader. The team’s Dakar rookie Kurt Caselli also delivered another great stage, finishing in fifth place – just under seven minutes behind Pedrero. The American trails in the overall standings after picking up a total of 3 hours 20 in penalties for missing checkpoints and waypoints in Stage Seven but continues to deliver impressive stage results.
Despres as Monday’s stage winner was charged with opening the road that offered Enduro-like terrain that was technically demanding, fast and physically tiring coming off the longest stage in the 2013 edition the previous day. And while the French rider kept a narrow lead for most of the special, Barreda was always close behind and made his attack in the latter part of the day’s times ride.
The KTM riders and machines are now looking very good in the overall standings with Chilean rider ‘Chaleco’ Lopez in overall third place with a deficit of 13 minutes 41 and Slovak Ivan Jakes (KTM) in fourth overall. Riders in the KTM factory B Team – Riaan Van Niekerk (South Africa), ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (Poland) and Darryl Curtis (South Africa) are currently fourteenth, fifteenth and eighteenth respectively.
With the longest parts of the rally already under their wheels, riders face just 221 of timed special in Wednesday’s Stage Eleven with a total ride of 483 km that takes them from La Rioja to Fiambala on the Argentinean side of the Andes where they will again prepare for the attack on the dreaded Atacama Desert in Chile as the rally caravan heads back over the mountains towards the Pacific for the final push at the end of the week to the finish at Santiago.
HRC Honda – It was another long day for the Team HRC riders in the mountainous region that links Cordoba to La Rioja. Riders tackled first the rocky narrow tracks, like enduro racing, reaching almost 2,000 meters before dropping back down to 357 meters in La Rioja where the thermometer registered 50 degrees. All in all it was a technical and varied stage with twisty tracks mixed with fast hard pack paths.