|Dakar Rally 2014: Dunes and very deep sand - first test for Speedbrain teams.|
The second stage of the recent Rally Dakar held on Monday proved to be a major test in the dunes of Nihuil. The long special stage started with a high-speed section before the final 100 km demanded a lot from the riders - both in terms of riding skills and stamina. The grey sand at Nihuil is extremely deep and the shape of the dunes can be really harsh. Navigation was critical.
The Speedbrain customer race team was ready for the challenge. Chilean Jeremias Israel led the quintet with a careful yet commanding ride. The former Motocross pro improved nicely in the standings, breaking into the top twenty.
Meanwhile Juan Carlos Salvatierra and his support rider Paolo Ceci had to stop for a minor repair job during the special. They acted as teamplayers and could continue without losing too much time. Unfortunately Alessandro Botturi was less lucky. The Italian got lost in a hard-to-maneuver part of the dunes. Portugal´s Pedro Oliviera finished the day in the upper third of the classification.
Jeremias Israel Esquerre: "We rode high-speed at first through the dust. Then came the dunes and very deep sand. The shape of the dunes was really harsh, very difficult and navigation was so important. My steady ride helped me to gain ground. I´m fully motivated for the next days and I´m happy our team works that well."
Daily results SS02 San Luis - San Rafael 359 km
||Sunderland, Sam (GB)
||Lopez Contardo, Francisco (CHL)
||Barreda Bort, Joan (ES)
||Faria, Ruben (PT)
||Duclos, Alain (F)
||Grabham, Ben (AUS)
||Casteu, David (F)
||Goncalves, Paulo (PT)
||Coma, Marc (ES)
||Despres, Cyril (F)
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2014/01/07 | 00:18 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FISCHER