- 6th January
- Liaison Sections: 437 km
- Racing Stage: 220 Km
- Total Distance: 657 Km
What happened Monday 5th Jan:
Monday was the longest single special in the rally, proved to be a really tough day for most, with soaring temperatures of up to 42 degrees celcius. The route was challenging with lots of fesh fesh, with ruts and narrow winding tracks between the bushes, then sandy whooped out sections of around 60 Km’s in total to the finish.
It was a Honda one two with Barreda winning the stage ahead of Paulo Gonzalves. Red Bull Factory KTM riders were 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th (Ruben Faria followed by Viladoms, Price and Walkner, Marc Comas mousse collapsed about 50 Km’s from the end of the stage and he limped home losing 12 minutes. Sam Sunderland opened the stage and got completely lost losing 2 hours and 20 in the process.
Broadlink’s Riaan van Niekerk had a steady day finishing in 12th on the stage, putting him in 15th overall.
DAKAR 2015 Yesterday’s stage:
A long liaison of 282 Km’s led riders out of San Juan to the start of the 220Km special. It would be their first taste of high altitude peaking at 3500 metres. It was another fast stage, Broadlink’s Riaan van Niekerk had a trouble free day and stayed out of trouble, finishing 20th on the stage. Struggling in the dust, Riaan played caution to the wind as there were some 90 degree bends and he did not need another close encounter like his day one off! He is not particularly looking forward to the Chilean stages as they are more dangerous and will be difficult to navigate.
Matthias Walkner set a blistering pace today to take the stage win ahead of Marc coma. Marc was able to pull back some time on Barreda and is looking forward to the Chilean stages and will continue to claw back time. Barreda finished third on the stage, Toby Price was fourth.
What’s happening today at the DAKAR 2015 Rally?
It’s into Chile we go! A very early start and a climb to 4800m will precede the border crossing on the San Francisco pass, a gradual warm up will follow on mining tracks, before riders are faced with the reality of the Atacama desert. The route becomes open and sandy, over the last 40 Km’s, the giant dunes and basins of Copiapo will have to be tackled to reach the bivouac, many will spend their night there.