|Dakar Rally 2014: A super-tough day at the office for the Speedbrain riders|
The third Dakar stage on Tuesday lived up to the promise of the organisers, who announced this year´s race would be tougher and go higher than ever before. The first part of the marathon stage (for the bikes) tested the skills and stamina of the motorcycle racers around the Aconcagua mountain.
It was a brutal hindsight of what´s to come in the Andes. For the first time ever in Dakar history a special test led up to 4,300 meters altitude, as the course was characterised by lots of treacherous turn-offs leading into nowhere.
After Alessandro Botturi unfortunately had to drop out of the rally on Monday, the Speedbrain customer race team enjoyed a very good day during stage three. Jeremias Israel Esquerre gave an error-free, calculated and very impressive performance, putting him in touch with the top ten overall. Juan Carlos Salvatierra also rose to the occassion. The Bolivian, who started 34th, gained ten positions in the overall ranking. Paolo Ceci and Pedro Oliviera also moved up.
Team Coordinator Ulrich Hanus: "That was a brutal stage. Hats off to the riders, they provided fabulous motorsport. We are experiencing a great team spirit these days and we´re all looking forward to what´s ahead."
Tonight the riders have to take care of their bikes themselves, outside assistance is not allowed during marathon stages. It would not be possible anyway, the team and rider bivouac are set up 50 km apart.
Overall results after SS03 San Rafael - San Juan 301 km
||Barreda Bort, Joan (ES)
||Despres, Cyril (F)
||Coma, Marc (ES)
||Duclos, Alain (F)
||Lopez Contardo, Francisco (CHL)
||Casteu, David (F)
||Viladoms, Jordi (ES)
||Pain, Olivier (F)
||Przygonski, Jakub (PL)
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2014/01/07 | 22:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/UF