Dakar 2013 Rest day for the Dakar Rally riders

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And on the seventh day even the Dakar shalt rest… San Miguel de  Tucuman in Argentina plays host today to the rest day for all the  participants in the thirty-fifth edition of this fascinating rally. A  muggy, hot day of 30°C (86°F).

Dakar 2013 Rally

The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain  riders are taking a well deserved rest in their hotel after running  eight stages, and some 4000 km. Meanwhile, the mechanics and  technicians have been up since seven o’clock this morning working so  that the four Husqvarna TE499RR by Speedbrain will be at their best  for tomorrow.

With three victories in the bag for Joan Barreda, a second place for  Paulo Goncalves and two fourth places for Alessandro Botturi, these  are fine spoils indeed for the riders of the Husqvarna Rallye Team by  Speedrain. Italian Alessandro Botturi, Husqvarna’s best rider so far  sits in twelfth overall, only thirty-six minutes behind the leading  rider, in the standings which have very little difference between the  leaders. Further down after same technical setbacks in the first few  days of racing are Goncalves (23rd) and Barreda (41st), positions that  don’t really do justice to the real performance made by these riders  so far in this  Rally.

Project Leader at BMW Motorrad, Berthold Hauser gives his assessment  after a week of racing: ”Currently the leader board doesn’t reflect  the real situation or the potential of this team. The bikes are going  really well and they’ve proved themselves to be powerful and capable  of high speeds. The riders have shown their riding capability and  navigating skill in a rally as difficult as the Dakar. Unfortunately  we are not in the running for the top places due to a few technical  problems that we came up against early on, but we have shown that we  are able to finish every stage amongst the leaders. In the second part  we’ll do what ever is necessary to try and support our rider  Alessandro Botturi who’s highest in the overall standings, as well as  the other riders in every stage. The Dakar is a unique race and the  experience that it offers is unrepeatable and incomparable with those  of any other rally in the world. It’s an experience that ought to be  seized as it only comes once a year. ”

It should be highlighted that all the riders of the Husqvarna Rallye  Team by Speedbrain are on the leader board, and are ready to start out  tomorrow from San Miguel de Tocuman for the second part of the Rally,  as well as the other privateers on Husqvarna TE449 bikes still in the  race: Jordi Viladoms, Simon Pavey, Alex Busquets and Bianchi Prata.

Another really long stage awaits tomorrow San Miguel De Tucuman –  Cordoba some 852 km (532 miles) of which 593 km are timed.

Overall Standings After Eight Stages:

  • 1. Casteau (F, Yamaha) 2. Faria (P, KTM) 11’16”
  • 3. Lopez (Chile, KTM) 12’00”
  • 4. Pain (Yamaha) 16’10”
  • 5. Despres (FRA, KTM) 24’26”
  • 12.Alessandro Botturi (ITA, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 36’47”
  • 23. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 1h41’40”
  • 41. Joan Barreda (ESP, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 3h26’40”
  • 68. Simon Pavey (Aus, Husqvarna ) 5h 42’40”
  • 78. Alex Busquets (Spain, Husqvarna) 6h24’51”
  • 90. Jordi Viladoms ( Spain, Husqvarna) 7h48’22”
  • 92. Bianchi Prata  ( PRT, Husqvarna) 7h52’04”
  • 138.Matt Fish (AUS, Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) 22h39’22”

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