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Dakar Stage 9 – Fantastic Finish For Laia Sanz
Today I want to highlight the 7th place stage finish for Laia, an amazing achievement. Forgive the slightly sloppy Google translation, but you get the point.
From laiasanz.com – A last minute penalty to Joan Barreda and Jordi Viladoms leaves Laia 7th in a historic step position.
We run out of words to define the performance of Laia Sanz in the Dakar 2014. The pilot KH-7 has outdone herself in the 9th stage of the rally acrossinf the finish line in an extraordinary 9th position, just 14 minutes and 34 seconds of the first, after 422 kilometers. However, a surprise move late in the day when the race director announced 15 minutes penalties for Joan Barreda, speeding, and Jordi Viladoms, engine change.Thus, Laia gained two positions on the stage and finally ends 7th, which is the highest ranking woman on a motorcycle in the Dakar in more than three decades. In the overall classification she now occupies an excellent 16th place, now 16’47 “15 º, Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Salvatierra. still not believe it. Two days ago Laia Sanz found herself in 12th place she achieved in the 7th day of the rally, which matched her best record in this competition, and today has been no less: ” I never imagined that one day I could finish in the top ten” , she says with a smile between naive and mischievous. ” When I reached the refueling and I saw that no one was coming back I started to think I was doing a good stage, but I thought it would be in the top fifteen, not the ninth . ” ” I’m super happy, but every day just as well. It’s still a very good for me Dakar. I feel good about my riding and the bike is going amazing, and also accompanying the results. What more can I ask for?“interrogated after leaving his Honda CRF450 Rally in Argentina Honda tent. ” On the twelfth position last year was very good, but in the background was a rare step in which many people lost . This time it was in a normal stage and that makes me even happier , “says the champion female Dakar. ‘s achievement ‘Queen of Dakar’ acquires more value if it is a small issue with his road book that has forced to slow down the progress in a special that has been very rapid: ” Around kilometer 200 has spoiled me button the road book and I had to go through the pages manually so at times I had to lose a little rhythm. I think I have to go well, because in the dunes maybe that has made me surf better . ” ” The stage was very quick and had some serious dangers, but I rode very concentrated preventing hazards. The last 50 kilometers of dunes have been spectacular, especially when culminas the dune and see the ocean. It was a special day , “she explains. Laia Sanz will start tomorrow with the 16th place overall under his arm. Ahead will stage 10, and just missing the final-four for between Iquique and Antofagasta, with the longest special for motorcycles (631 competitive kilometers).