From Yamaha – The second leg of the marathon stage lived up to all its promise, provoking big changes in the overall rankings. With careful rear tyre and mousse management, Cyril Despres (Yamaha Racing / Yamalube) won the special 59 seconds ahead of the Brazilian Jean Azevedo with Jakub Przygonski third. With yesterday’s leader Marc Coma running into tyre problems, Cyril takes the overall lead 05’15 ahead of Paulo Goncalves with Przygonski now third and Mickael Metge (Yamaha Racing / Yamalube) up a place to fourth (at 27’45).
Cyril Despres “Starting third on the road this morning I came up behind Marc (Coma) quite quickly on the special and it was obvious he was in difficulties with his rear mousse. Then not long after that I caught a ‘reluctant’ piste open, Paulo Goncalves and lead him all the way to refuelling. The closer I got to the end of the special the more I accelerated and over the last kilometres rode flat out to finally finish around 6 minutes ahead of Paulo.
“From the tyre tests we did with the Yamaha and Michelin a month or so before the start of this race I had a reasonably good idea how to approach this marathon stage and the result is everything I had hoped for – but it hasn’t been an easy couple of days. The whole time on the bike I was conscious of taking care of the rear tyre and mousse, while not losing too much time and constantly calculating the remaining distance and the situation of my rivals. The mental gymnastics were almost more tiring than riding the bike! This evening it is clear we are in a good position, but there is still a long way to go and myself and the whole team will be staying focused on the job still to do.”
Speedbrain – The 6th Stage of the 2013 Rally Dos Sertoes in Brazil has been the second part of the marathon stages, which meant another 424 km without any service by the team.
It was a tough day for Paulo Goncalves, riding for the Bavarian Speedbrain Rally Team. But when reaching the finish line at Palmas, he was able to protect his second overall position.
The 355 km of special stage were on the easy side without too many track and navigational challenges. The key was to ride smart and smooth and save the rear tire and mousse, which were used already the day before. The tires of all top riders
were totally torn down and former leader Marc Coma was held back by a damage and lost some time today.
Paulo Goncalves took it easy and rode his Speedbrain 450 Rally cautiously towards the finish to keep his tires alive. Due to the cruising mode he was not able to repeat his stage win from the day before but kept his chances for the fight for overall victory. He still sits in second overall, in striking distance to the new leader Cyril Depres.
Paulo Goncalves: “I am happy to survive the marathon stages with no problems at all and to stay on the podium. Nevertheless, tomorrow will be a tough day, probably the most demanding of the whole rally. I will try to make the most out of my starting position tomorrow.”
Tomorrow the competitors will enter the longest and hardest stage of the rally entering the famous Jalapão semi-desert. The will be more than 500 km special stage while the entire distance will be 746 km.
From KTM – Jakub Przygonski moved up to third overall on Stage Five of the Dos Sertoes Rally on Wednesday. Factory teammate Marc Coma of Spain finished back at twenty fifth place after experiencing a rear wheel problem in the second part of the marathon stage where no mechanical assistance is allowed.
‘Kuba’ Przygonski finished third in the stage and made up some time in the process. He was around two minutes behind the stage winner Cyril Despres, the new overall leader and trails him by 22 minutes in the overall rankings.
Coma’s misfortune cost him 42 minutes and dropped him from overall leader down to seventh place and he will have to work hard to try to make up time in the remaining stages of this rally that takes riders more than 4100 km through central Brazil. Coma is now seventh overall, 38 minutes and 56 seconds behind his old teammate and rival Despres.
Coma had noticed some cracks in his rear wheel at the start of the stage and its condition deteriorated as the day wore on. He eventually had to stop to try to try to rectify the situation as far as was possible under the rules of the marathon stage. He then continued to battle all the way to the finish and will now have to work hard to try to make up some of the lost time during Thursday’s Stage Six. Over 746 kilometers, 514 of them timed, it represents the longest stage of the 2013 edition. It starts and finishes in Palmas.
Like the consummate professional that he is, Coma said at the end of the day that he had had to go slow for the entire special. “It was amazing that we made it to the finish. Now I will try to make up some position between now and the end of the rally, but without taking any unnecessary risks. Besides, there is still a lot left in the race,” he added.
Ruben Faria, the third member of the KTM factory team had to retire after a crash on Tuesday.
Stage Five: Natividad – Palmas 425 kilometers, 355 special
1, Cyril Despres, France, Yamaha 3:52.50
2, Jean Azevedo, Brazil, Honda, 3:53.50
3, Kuba Przygonski, Poland, KTM, 3:54.57
4, Dario Julio, Brazil, Honda, 3:56.44
5, Fausto Mota, Portugal, Yamaha, 3:58.10
6, Paolo Goncalves, Portugal, Speed Brain 3:58.56
7, Michael Metge, France, Yamaha, 4:00.11
8, Ike Klaumann, Brazil, Honda, 4:01.27
25, Marc Coma, Spain, KTM 4:35.58
Overall Standings after Stage 5 (unofficial)
1, Despres 15 hours 35.05
2, Goncalves at 5 minutes 15.1
3, Przygonski at 22:08.2
4, Metge at 27:45.0
5, Dario Julio at 33.51.1
6, Klaumann at 35:53.4
7, Coma at 38:56.6
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