Dakar 2012, Stage 13
Nasca – Pisco
375 km in total, 275 km special test
The penultimate stage of the Dakar 2012 provided one more strong result for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves finished not far behind todayÂ´s winner in whatÂ´s been the final demanding test of this yearÂ´s race.
Barreda and Goncalves were understandably aiming at a top score. They both delivered. Joan had closed in on Marc Coma soon after the start. But a small navigation mistake made him drop back for a little time. The talented Spaniard bounced back and then took command of the proceedings. He arrived at the finish in a well deserved fourth position.
Paulo Goncalves was just 33 seconds behind. The Portuguese earned fifth position on the day, after having made a minor mistake and still running with the front guys.
Jose Manuel Pellicer and ZÃ© HÃ©lio were having fun on the ride from Nasca to Pisco. The dunes and landscape proved fascinating and very challenging in terms of navigation.
Everything okay was the summary of the team ahead of the final stage. The Dakar 2012 ends tomorrow in Lima.
The Peruvian capital will be reached after 245 km of connecting stage and a very short special test (29 km).
Then itÂ´s time to celebrate.
1. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, 3:21:16 hrs 2. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM, 0:47 min behind 3. Jordi Viladoms (SPA) KTM, 3:00 4. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 5:13 5. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 5:46 25. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 20:24 32. ZÃ© HÃ©lio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 30:23
1. Despres, 43:01:54 hrs
2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 11:03 min behind 3. Rodrigues, 1:11:27 4. Viladoms, 1:41:12 5. Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM, 1:49:36 11. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 3:37:32 19. ZÃ© HÃ©lio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6:12:59 21. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA), Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 6:51:39 26. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 8:06:43