|Dakar Rally 2013 TICKER: "Chaleco Lopez" first 2013 winner in the bikes.|
Bike-rider Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez from Chile is the first bike stagewinner of the 2013 Dakar Rally at 7:50 PM/CET. He won the today´s prologue special in 7:51 minutes one second in front of Frans Verhoeven (Holland, Yamaha), Pablo Quintanilla (Honda, Chile, +4 sec), Patricio Cabrera from Chile (Kawasaki, +10) and last year winner Cyril Despres (France, KTM, +13).
The Top 10 were completed by David Casteu (France, Yamaha, +15), Ruben Faria (KTM, Portugal, +18), Javier Pizzolito from Italy (Honda, +20), Pal Anders Ullevalseter (Norway, KTM, +26) and Joan Barreda Bort from Spain (Husqvarna, +29).
On midday the participants started with the official start ceremony in Lima. Today's prologue-stage was 263 km long - a 250 km linking section and a 13 km special in the environs of Pisco. These early dune stages are gruelling and could very well witness dramatic turns of events in an edition which the leading pundits expect to be amazing.
183 motorcycles, 38 quads, 153 cars and 75 trucks were officially cleared to start the 2013 Dakar this morning. At 449 vehicles, this edition's contingent is slightly bigger (six vehicles) than the last one's.
2013/01/05 | 18:57 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO