5th stage: Arequipa - Arica
Special: 130 km – Link section: 281 km - Total: 411 km
THE DAKAR HITS CHILE
So long Peru, the Dakar is now in Chile for two days, and the first bivouac, Arica, is on the Pacific seaboard.
The motorcycle contingent left Arequipa at 7h for a short special, reduced from 136 km to 130 km. It was a tough ask for Després (KTM), who started out in 15th, and Chaleco Lopez (KTM) in 18th to make up much time on the leaders. Not a lot has changed, therefore, except that Joan Barreda (Husqvarna Speedbrain) got stuck with a fuel pump problem at km 87, losing 3h, and came out of the special in 120th place.
The stage win went to David Casteu (Yamaha), who was out in front for the first time in a while. Olivier Pain (Yamaha), still at the top of the leader board, came in second, just over one minute behind.
Juan Pedrero was third in the Special ahead of Botturi (Husqvarna), Després, Svitko and Chaleco Lopez (KTM).
At Yamaha, the mood is pretty good. Olivier Pain is happy that he dodged the pressure and potential pitfalls while staying out front for most of the Special, and David Casteu is thrilled to be back up there and to have won the Special with a nifty bit of navigating. As for Verhoeven, he lost time yesterday with a badly connected fuel pump, and today he is in 15th.
Just behind the French duo who made their mark yesterday, Cyril Després is third overall, 6'07 behind Olivier Pain. Yamaha is riding high, ahead of Després and Farria on KTM and the Husqvarnas of Jordi Villadoms, who has now got the measure of has machine, and Alessandro Botturi.
In Quad, Marcos Patronnelli won his fourth Special in a row and has a comfortable overall lead of 1h18 over Chile’s Ignacio Casale and 1h20' over Lukasz Laskawiec of Poland. Marcos’ arch-rival, Sebastian Husseini, the only one who was snapping at his heels, was stymied by mechanical problems.
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