The first stage of the Dakar 2013 got underway with the participants taking a 155-mile (250-km) transfer from Lima to Pisco where they competed in a short 8-mile (13-km) special test in the dunes overlooking the sea.
The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain made a decisive team effort prior to the next stages to be held in the Peruvian sands. The best proved to be Joan Barreda who clocked up the same time as teammate Botturi, taking tenth and eleventh places respectively in the final standings of the first special test. Goncalves too, put in a good effort coming in thirteenth and Viladoms twenty-third.
The participants will get their first real taste of the Dakar race with stage 2 and a tough special test, la Pisco – Pisco features 151 miles (242 km) of sand and a transfer of 52 miles (85 km).
Joan Barreda: “Everything went really well today. I wanted to finish in the top 10 and that’s the way that it worked out. It’s a great position for tomorrow’s stage.”
Alessandro Botturi: ”It was a shame about a silly fall that I had that set me back about 20 seconds, otherwise I would have been able to finish in the first three. I couldn’t wait to get into this race, and my enthusiasm got the better of me.”
Paulo Goncalves: ”I took care to get through the stage consistently and without errors. The sand was very treacherous and it would have been easy to make mistakes.”
First stage and overall standings:
1. Lopez (KTM), 2. Verhoven (Yamaha) +01”,
3. Quintamilla (Honda) + 05”,
4. Cabrera (Kawasaki) +11”,
5. Despres (KTM) + 13”
10. Barreda (Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) +29”,
11. Botturi (Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) +29”,
13. Goncalves (Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) +32”,
23. Viladoms (Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) + 44”,
45. Fish (Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain) + 1’10”