|Dakar Rally 2014: Speedbrain Rally Team consolidates positions after SS07.|
The seventh stage of the recent Dakar opened the second half of the rally on Sunday with another marathon stage. The route led across the Andes and towards the Bolivian border - but only for the bikers whilst the cars and trucks were following a round course around the city of Salta.
The air was again thin, as the riders had to climb up to 3,600 meters altitude. The 84 remaining motorcycle racers had to stay very concentrated and couldn´t really enjoy the scenic landscape. The layout of the course wasn´t very technical, but the navigation proved extremely demanding with many possible options to choose from.
The start of the divided special test was delayed in the morning because of low-hanging clouds that prevented the helicopters from taking off. For security reasons the organisers shortened the special test.
The four riders of the Speedbrain customer race team kept delivering a controlled and strong performance, again staying out of trouble. The quartet consolidated its positions in the overall classification.
Jeremias Israel Esquerre is slowly but surely beginning to eye the podium, while Bolivia´s own "Chavo" Salvatierra may look towards the top ten overall. The nature of a marathon stage means the riders have to take care of their bikes themselves tonight, before Monday takes them to Calama. It will be one more crucial day, offering a special test of 462 km and a total distance of nearly 700 kms and the bikes will meet the rest of the rally in Chile again.
Bikes overall results after SS07 Salta - Uyuni/Bolivia 401 km
||Coma, Marc (ES)
||Barreda Bort, Joan (ES)
||Viladoms, Jordi (ES)
||Duclos, Alain (F)
||Israel Esquerre, Jeremias (CHL)
||Pain, Olivier (F)
||Przygonski, Jakub (PL)
||Rodrigues, Helder (PT)
||Casteu, David (F)
||Despres, Cyril (F)
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2014/01/12 | 21:04 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WF