|SA-Dakar: Casteu remembers last year´s accident on Rally-Tuesday.|
The Dakar keeps going north in this third stage with a long special stage divided in two by a neutralized section. Both sections were totally different, red flashing canyons in the first part, followed a beautiful green forest.
"Tuesday´s stage was a little dangerous this morning. It reminded me of last year, when I had my accident. I was behind the dust of Jonah Street, who I overtook. It was dangerous, I got scared, and so I preferred to assure a good stage. Then, I rode along with Helder Rodrigues."
After the first section and the neutralized portion, it was time to get on the saddle for some action: Time was short, I was stressed. I rode at a nice rhythm in the second timed section, in a very beautiful landscape. Regarding the engine, no problem at all, one more stage and I´ll change it. The team is doing fine, the stress and pressure of the beginning of the race are now gone. Now everything is o.k. I found my marks, I can let go now."
David is 9th in the stage, 10:01 from stage winner Marc Coma. In the overall ranking he went back to the 11th place, 21:41 from the provisional leader Cyril Despres. This place is also due to the penalty of 4 minutes received on Monday.
"I took this penalty while overtaking Jordi Viladoms, I didn´t see the radar. I was taken at 59 km/h in a 50 zone. That is why started 8th this morning, I lost some minutes but the Dakar is long. Tomorrow there is another big stage with some navigation, so it´s good to be behind too."
Laurent Lazard is 70th, 01:22:35 from the winner and takes the 90th place in the provisional ranking, 03:29:44 from the leader. As he is not yet in the bivouac, he will share his journey tomorrow.
2011/01/05 | 12:30 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/URTURBIA