|Dakar Rally 2013: Campbell - "Things got complicated when lost the bike".|
It was another long day for the Honda Team HRC riders in the mountainous region that links Cordoba to La Rioja. Starting 5th, Helder Rodrigues rode consistently in the first part of the stage and lost some time in the final section eventually finishing 9th, 09:34 minutes behind stage winner Joan Barreda, who claimed his 4th Dakar stage victory.
"It was a varied stage with some twisty paths in the mountains followed by some fast tracks with several dangers that were not signalled in the road book. I think starting 9th is not bad for Wednesday as it will be a sandy and more technical stage" said Rodrigues after the stage.
Argentinian Javier Pizzolito started 27th and fought against the dust, enabling him to recover positions once the track was clear, finishing 14th. "I was slowed by the dust till km 100, then I managed to pass a couple of riders and with a clear path I was able to push till the end, gaining some positions" he said.
It was a hard day for Johnny Campbell, who rode for 8 hours despite the intense pain due to yesterday’s injuries, complicated by another crash while crossing a river where the ground was particularly slippery.
"I would have liked to be on top form for today because the scenery was great" said Campbell. "I liked the nice twisty mountain trail, but I was still suffering from yesterday’s injuries. Things got more complicated when I lost the bike crossing a river bed where the ground was very slippery. I tried to regain some strength in the liaison but riding for 8 hours is very demanding especially when you are not 100% and I had a lot of pain in my ribs."
With 4 stages still to go, the race is still open and Helder Rodrigues gained another position in the overall standings and is now sitting in 6th place, 34:19 minutes behind Cyril Despres who leads the general classification. Also Javier Pizzolito moves one position up, from 12th to 11th and the same for Johnny Campbell from 52nd to 51st.
2013/01/16 | 12:41 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/HRC