|Dakar Rally 2013 TICKER: First bikes started in Monday´s SS03 to Nazca.|
Participants entered the timed section of the stage straight away this morning, as the start of the special lies a mere four kilometres from the bivouac. No times are taken in this section.
The stopwatch started ticking at 11:00 CET for rally leader Joan Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) as he began the 243 km timed section. Juan Pedrero García (SPA/KTM), Matt Fish (AUS/Husqvarna) and Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) are hot on his heels.
Today's stage is expected to be tougher than yesterday's and could be the perfect opportunity for Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) to come within striking distance of the leaders. He will start in twelfth position.
The toughest part is concentrated in the beginning, with steeper, more difficult dunes, whereas the last 150 kilometres will take the participants through more rolling terrain. The drivers and riders will set off from Pisco towards Nazca, along the ocean, and will have to be 100% focused in the finale.
2013/01/07 | 13:39 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO