-- Dakar 2013, 2nd Stage: Pisco - Pisco
-- 327 km (204 miles) including 242 km (151 miles) of special test
-- Day Two Video Wrap (Link)
Results Stage Two - Pisco to Pisco– total distance 327 km: 85 km liaison and 242 km special
1, Joan Barreda Bort, Spain, Husqvarna 2 hours 42.31
2, Joan Pedrero, Spain, KTM, 2:45.47
3, Mathew Fish, Australia Husqvarna 2:48.24
4, Ruben Faria, Portugal, KTM 2:48.57
5, Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM 2:49.41
6, Darryl Curtis, South Africa, KTM 2:50.20
7, David Casteu, France, Yamaha 2:50.39
8, Jordi Villadoms, Spain, Husqvarna 2:50.46
9, Israel Esquerre, Chile, Honda, 2:50.50
10, Pal-Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM 2:52.13
11, Olivier Pain, France, Yamaha 2:52.41
12, Cyril Despres, France, KTM 2:52.41
14, Ben Grabham, Australia, KTM 2:52.47
Overall standings after two stages
1, Barreda, 3 hours 24.11
2, Faria, KTM, 3:29.47
3, Pedrero, KTM, 3:30.47
4, Casteu, 3:31.09
5, Despres KTM, 3:33.01
6, Fish, 3:33.29
7, Curtis, KTM 3:33.30
8, Ullevalseter KTM, 3:33.38
9, Villadoms, 3:33.46
10, Esquerre, 3:33.50
19, Grabham KTM 3:38.17
-- Husqvarna Report - Joan Barreda wins the second stage of the Dakar
The Dakar got well and truly underway today with the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain in the thick of the action. Joan Barreda, the Spanish rider won the Pisco – Pisco second stage, commanding the 242 km (151 miles) of special test. The stage proved to be really tough, with plenty of opportunities for errors and loss of time. Barreda on his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain set an imposing pace from the start of the special test, coming in more than three minutes ahead of the nearest rival. ‘Gregarious’ Matt Fish put in a fine performance too, managing to finish among the leaders in third place. Conversely, Paulo Goncalves and Alessandro Botturi lost a lot of time in seach of the correct route some 100 km into the race.
Now Joan Barreda is leading the provisional overall standings with 5’36” on Ruben Faria. Tomorrow sees the third stage at Pisco Nazca, a 343 km run (214 miles) of which 243 km is special test.
Joan Barreda: “A really tough stage, but I’m really pleased with the way I raced. By the time we were 100 km into the race, I was in command and I set my own pace to the finish line. I wanted to get away fast and that’s what I did. The bike is perfect and the team are doing a great job.”
Matt Fish: ”There was such a lot of dust and navigation but I’m happy with the result. I’m under orders from the team, and it’s important to be a help to my team-mates. I’m really glad to have got my first podium place in a stage of the Dakar.”
Paulo Goncalves: “A really tricky stage. So many of us got lost and it was impossible to make up the time. The way point wasn’t easy to find. Then the dust from the group was too heavy to really force things, so I tried to hold back a bit."
Alessandro Botturi: “I was alongside Paulo the whole way and we had a lot of trouble finding the correct route. We really lost too much time. Tomorrow I’ll be starting from behind but I’ll try and make up some time.”
Results of the second stage:
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain),
2. Pedrero (ESP, KTM) 3:16 min behind,
3. Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 5:53,
4. Faria (PRT, KTM) 6:26,
5. Caselli (USA, KTM) 7:10
22. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 16:20,
30. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 18:52
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain),
2. Faria (PRT, KTM) 5:36 min behind,
3. Pedrero (ESP, KTM) 6:36,
4. Casteu (FRA, Yamaha) 6:58,
5. Despres (FRA, KTM) 8:50,
6. Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 9:18,
22. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 16:35,
27. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 18:52
-- KTM Day Two Report
TM’s Faria and Pedrero overall 2-3 after Dakar Stage 2
Saturday’s opening stage of Dakar 2013 may have been largely ceremonial but on Sunday riders plunged into some difficult territory in a loop circuit around Pisco tackling difficult dunes on Peru’s desert coast. KTM factory riders Ruben Faria and Joan Pedrero finished 2-3 overall behind leader Joan Barreda while Red Bull KTM title defender Cyril Despres is overall fifth.
The stage victory also went to the Spaniard Barrera with Pedrero in second, Faria in fourth, American KTM rider Kurt Caselli, standing in for the injured Marc Coma fifth and South Africa’s Darryl Curtis of the KTM Factory B Team with a strong sixth place finish. Pedrero and Faria, the two long serving KTM Factory support riders and rookie Caselli and Curtis all put in a great day on the sand.
Ruben Faria said it was ‘a true Dakar stage’ with loads of off-track riding and high speeds. “This is Peru and I like it. I started seventh this morning but at KM 40 I had some problems finding a waypoint and I set off with Frans Verhoeven, who I then overtook. I then caught up with Cyril (Despres) and we tackled the last big dunes together.”
KTM Factory teammate Pedrero said it had been tough and grueling stage and after starting back a forty-third place he had to deal with a lot of dust. “I had to overtake a lot of people and stay focused but I found the motivation to do it,” he said.
Despres on the other hand was one of a group of top contenders who succumbed to a collective navigational temptation at the 75 km mark of the 242 km timed special. He and others opted to take a detour around a formidable dune and he now trails the overall leader by eight minutes. Stage One winner Chaleco Lopez (KTM) of Chile was another in this group and he is now down the order at twentieth overall.
Speaking from the bivouac in Pisco after Sunday’s stage, KTM Factory team manager Alex Doringer said he was more than happy with the results so far. “It was a very strong result today for our two support riders Ruben Faria and Joan Pedrero and we were also very happy with Caselli. Also Cyril (Despres) is quite happy with his position because he is able to start from behind tomorrow, which will be a very tough stage. Cyril is not only a great rider but also a great tactician and there are many kilometers ahead of us in this year’s edition,” he said. All KTM Factory riders are competing on the KTM 450 Rally bike,
On Sunday riders first traveled 85 km out of Pisco on the liaison stretch before doubling back through the dunes for a grueling 242 km in the timed special.
Organizers have promised an even tougher day on Monday when Stage Three takes them from Pisco to Nazca, home to the UN Heritage site of the famous Nazca Lines in the Peruvian Desert over a total distance 343 km made up of 100 km liaison and another 243 km of timed special.
-- HRC Report
The second stage of the 35th edition of the Dakar was a loop that started and finished in Pisco. Competitors experienced a 100% sandy stage characterized by fast tracks at the beginning and then, from km 145, big dunes and dunes “cassées” that made the challenge even more demanding.
A 242 km special stage in deep sand was particularly demanding for the machines, especially for fuel consumption with one refuelling point at km 81 in the liaison, 4 km before the start of the special stage.
The day looked promising for the Team HRC riders and Helder Rodrigues, started 29th , used all his experience to attack in the dunes picking up the 4th position at the CP1 (km 160). Helder continued to push aiming to finish in the first positions but unfortunately his machine ran out of fuel at 4 km to the finish line. Thanks to the team work, Javier Pizzolito gave his fuel to the team mate and both Helder and Javier arrived together at the end of the stage.
Spanish Joan Barreda won today’s stage in front of Juan Pedrero and team mate Matt Fish and is now leading the overall standing with an advantage of 5’35 on Ruben Faria and 6’36 on Juan Pedrero, third.
Helder Rodrigues SS2 15th +10’32, 15th in the Overall : “At the beginning there was a lot of dust but in the dunes I attacked recovering many positions. At one point in the stage I was third and I pushed till the end to assure me a good result but at 4 km to go, I ran out of fuel and had to wait for Pizzolito who gave me his fuel. I’m disappointed but the Dakar is still long”.
Johnny Campbell SS2 33th +19’53, 35th in the Overall: “It was a 100% sandy stage, with some difficult dunes as they were very steep in the back and I had to be careful with the gas. Like many of us I lost some precious time at km 74 to validate the waypoint, then I found the correct direction and I caught several riders. I stopped to help Juan Carlos (Salvatierra), Honda private rider from Bolivia and then I continued. In the last 30 km it was a good fun to battle with 5 riders as we were attacking and passing each other back and forth”.
Javier Pizzolito SS2 49th + 27’05, 39th in the Overall : “I liked the dunes so it was a good stage for me but I made a navigation mistake at km 79 that made me loose some time and I also did 20 km more so I had to continue with an eye to the fuel consumption. At the end I found Helder and helped him by giving him some of my fuel”.
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