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Dakar 2014: Day 5 -Honda- Helder Rodrigues takes 3rd Place in Shortened Stage

10
January
2014
  Posted at 06:45:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race Honda
  Author: Honda
  Location: Normandy, France

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Helder Rodrigues Open link in a new window takes third place for TEAM HRC, his best result to date, and climbs the leader-board in the Rally Dakar 2014.

Security reasons have been cited for the cancelation of the second part of the special, which made up almost a third of the overall distance of today’s stage. The first part of the special was run at a cracking place, taking in some dunes and off-route navigation, before arriving at the neutralization zone. The riders had 111 untimed kilometers to run prior to the start of the second part of the special, but the organization decided to call it off completely.

Dakar 2014 Helder Rodrigues
Helder Rodrigues       © Honda

Joan Barreda sped off from sixth place today, looking to make up for lost time and straight away started clocking up some of the best times. Nevertheless, as he caught up with the riders ahead, the group took a path which turned out to be a mistaken one, and thus the rider concedes time to his closest rivals. Barreda finished in 13th place some 44 minutes off the winner of the special. In doing so, the Spaniard drops back into second overall place behind Marc Coma. Javier Pizzolito played it safe and finished in 46th place. This morning’s stage took the riders through the dry scrubs, one of which got caught up between Paulo Goncalves’ engine and exhaust setting the area on fire, which then spread to the engine. The flames engulfed the bike of the FIM Cross-Country World Champion, who although escaping unhurt, is forced out of the competition.

Dakar 2014 Joan Barreda
Joan Barreda       © Honda

The riders on the new production Honda CRF450 RALLY, Pablo ‘Cacha’ Rodriguez and Laia Sanz, finished amongst the front-runners once again. ‘Cacha’ scored the 16th best time against the clock and Laia finished 39th moving up into 22th overall place in the standings.

Helder Rodrigues, SS5 3rd +25'53, 10th in the Overall :
"Another day at a really long and really tough Dakar. It’s the fifth day of the hardest Dakar yet. Even though it’s only the fifth day, it’s been really difficult. The Dakar is so long and you have to keep up the concentration and be really strong to make it through the day and get a result."

Joan Barreda, SS5 13th +44'20, 2nd in the Overall :
"It’s been a really hard day, one of the most difficult, with very high temperatures and soft sand. Every day it just gets tougher. I had an issue with the fuel at the start of the special, but after I was able to get back into it. I caught up with Marc Coma and the fuel problems came back when I was looking for a waypoint. I lost a lot of time trying to repair it. The most important thing is that we finished, we are still in the race. Let’s see how the next few days play out."


Dakar 2014 Javier Pizzolito       © Honda

Javier Pizzolito, SS5 46th +2:14'44, 37th in the Overall :
"A really hard special. I had to start out from behind and struggle against the dust. Later the track opened out a bit and I was able to raise the pace and catch up with the riders in front. After I had a slight problem with the fuel that held me back a bit and another stage escaped us. But it’s always a plus to arrive. Today various bikes caught fire and it’s another filtering stage. Over a 120 bikes are out, so to make it back to the bivouac is good news. "

Via: Honda



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