|Dakar Rally 2014: Speedbrain´s Israel Esquerre prepares for Dakar attack.|
The whole eights stage on Monday was held at an altitude of 3,500 meters, making it an enormous challenge for man and machine. The athletes half-circled and crossed the "Salar de Uyuni", the biggest salt flat in the world. There were no major hurdles riding-wise, so it was mostly about keeping calm and collected and nurse the bike and tyres towards the bivouac.
The four riders of the Speedbrain customer race team played it safe. There was no possibility to attack anyway. Jeremias Israel Esquerre maintained his fifth place in the overall classification despite a small damage to his frontbrake. He took no risk ahead of Tuesday´s stage on home territory, where he wants to have a strong showing for his fans and his main sponsor.
"Two days of marathon stage are always tough," Esquerre reported after the stage. "This time it was even tougher because I damaged my frontbrake on Sunday. Therefore I decided to ride my Speedbrain 450 Rally with a lot of caution, which really is a great bike. I´m happy I defended my position and now I´m looking forward to a special type of homecoming. I´m highly motivated and plan to attack."
Bolivia´s "Chavo" Salvatierra defended his good position in the overall ranks as well. No worries too for Paolo Ceci and Pedro Oliveira.
Bikes Overall results after SS08 Uyuni/Bolivia - Calama 462 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)
||Despres, Cyril (F)
||Gouet, Daniel (CHL)
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2014/01/14 | 07:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WF