Alessandro Botturi still up with the leaders in Dakar Rally sixth stage

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Dakar gets tough now with three tricky stages ahead of 13th January’s  rest day at San Miguel de Tucuman. Today saw 454 km (284 miles) of  special test split into two sections. Alessandro Botturi really pushed  his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain hard finishing just behind the  leaders in fifth place. Botturi, however slips down to tenth position  in the overall standings, due to a fifteen minute penalty imposed  after he had his engine changed for precaution ahead of tomorrow’s  marathon stage.

Paulo Goncalves pushed hard too but was unlucky. Paulo won the first  part of the special a minute ahead of Lopez, but an electrical problem  at the start of the second stage caused him to slow down considerably,  and he finished some way behind. Jordi Viladoms, who set a tremendous  pace in the initial special part amongst the top ten, likewise had  difficulties with the TE449RR’s electrics.

Joan Barreda finished the special test in twenty-ninth position after  being involved in an ugly crash in the second part of the stage which  leaves him nursing a heavily bruised right wrist. Fish is managing to  finish the race and solve same technical problems on his  bike in  order to start again tomorrow

Alessandro Botturi: ”Well, I’m very pleased. I got past the first  three straight away this morning, and I was in control of the stage  for most of the special. It really was a long one, very dusty and  tiring. But I’m very happy. Yesterday we decided to change the engine  ahead of tomorrow’s marathon test.”

Paulo Goncalves: “It was a shame about the electrical problems or I  would have easily won the special. I won the first part a minute ahead  of Lopez. A couple of kilometres into the second stage I started to  experience electrical problems. I lost a lot of time changing the  fuses, otherwise I wouldn’t have come in so far back, and I’d have  probably won the stage.”

Joan Barreda: “I didn’t push for the whole of the stage, and I just  wanted to find the right pace to set for the next few days. I stopped  to see if Paulo needed any help, and then set off again. But in all  the dust I made a mistake and fell badly. My hand and wrist are  hurting a lot. I don’t know if I’ll be able to start tomorrow.”

Sixth Stage Dakar 2013 Rally Race Results.

  • 1. Lopez (Chile, KTM)
  • 2. Faria (Esp, KTM) 2’34”
  • 3.Despres (F, KTM)  3’48”
  • 4.Kaselli (USA, KTM) 4’48”
  • 5. Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 5’35”
  • 29. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 27’33”
  • 38. Viladoms (Spa, Husqvarna) 37’21”
  • 49. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 1h06’42”
  • Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain)

Dakar 2013 Rally Overall Standings After Six Stages:

  • 1. Pain (FRA, Yamaha),
  • 2. Despres (FRA, KTM) 2’22”
  • 3.Casteu (FRA, Yamaha) 4’48”
  • 4.Lopez (Chile, KTM) 6’06”
  • 5.Faria (P, KTM) 8’35”
  • 10.Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 27’02
  • 18. Viladoms (ESP, Husqvarna) 43’24”
  • 27.Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 1h29’14”
  • 49.Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 3h39’32”
  • ………Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain)

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