Dakar 2012, Stage 13: Two in the Top Five Again

Dakar 2012, Stage 13: Two in the Top Five Again

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 the winner in what was the final demanding test of this year’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 Zé Hélio were having fun on the ride from Nasca to Pisco. The dunes and landscape proved fascinating and very challenging in terms of navigation.

The Dakar 2012 ends tomorrow in Lima. The Peruvian capital will be reached after 152 miles of connecting stage and a very short special test (18 miles). Then it’s time to celebrate!

Paulo Goncalves

Dakar 2012, Stage 13 Results:

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. Zé Hélio (BRA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 30:23

Dakar 2012, Overall Standings:

1. Despres (FRA) KTM, 43:01:54 hrs
2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 11:03 min behind
3. Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, 1:11:27
4. Viladoms (SPA) KTM, 1:41:12
5. Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM, 1:49:36
11. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, 3:37:32
19. Zé Hélio (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

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