The 7th round of the 2014 Dakar, from Salta to Uyuni, ha seen the "big" factory riders back to the top positions of the race, revised on its special stage cause the heavy rain fall during these days. Stage victory for factry Honda rider Joan Barreda with 4'03 "ahead over factory KTM rider Marc Coma and with 5'35" over Cyril Despres, 3rd and now 10th in the overall raking after the unlucky stage of the last week where the french rider had serious technical problems to his 450 Yamaha.
Final results - Stage 7
1 Joan Barreda 03:28'41 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
2 Marc Coma +04'03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Cyril Despres +05'35 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Joan Pedrero +06'57 ESP SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
Fifth stage of the 2014 Dakar rally unfortunately marked by the news of the death of belgian rider Eric Palante. To find the lifeless body of the fifty year old belgian rider was the truck that the organization follows the last of the race caravan. There would be no signs of an accident or collision or crash and of course you will have to wait for the results of the autopsy to determine the causes of death.
Palante leaves his wife and his five children.
The third and long marathon stage of the 2014 Dakar, from San Rafael to San Juan 665 km total, has definitively seen the race came into the real rumble with the "top" riders that have made the difference during the whole day and most of all in the overall with Barreda winner of the stage and Despres and Coma arrived in the order behind the spanish honda rider and ready to fight for the final victory which this year seems to be the classic struggle of two we've seen in the past but with possible surprises from some red honda outsiders.
Dakar 2014, Stage 3:
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Honda) 3:47:03 hrs
2. Cyril Despres (FRA, Yamaha) +00:04:41 TCX RIDER
3. Marc Coma (ESP, KTM) +00:06:56
4. Alain Duclos (FRA, Sherco) +00:10:51
5. David Casteu (FRA, KTM) +00:11:17
1. Joan Barreda (ESP, Honda) 09:56:44 hrs
2. Cyril Despres (FRA, Yamaha) +00:13:04 TCX RIDER
3. Marc Coma (ESP, KTM) +00:13:56
A perfect tactically race made by Esteve "tito" Rabat during the malaysian grand prix of the Moto2 class. In Sepang the spanish Pons team rider started strong and always in front of the group and pushing hard with lots of perfect laps that allowed him to gain a very large gap to manage for the rest of the race until the end that it was showing that it was very fast for all the guys on track.
Next round of the Moto2 class in Phillp Island for the australian GP.
MOTO 2 MALESIAN GP - Sepang
1. Rabat (SPA) kalex team Tuenti HP40 TCX rider
2. Espargaro (SPA) kalex team Tuenti HP40
3. Luthi (SUI) Suter team Interwetten
Very exciting until the end the french round of the World Supersport Championship which saw the Yamaha powered Sam Lowes, thanks to a second place in the race, got the world title of the category with one just on race to go to the end of the season. Although the race was stopped one lap from the end under the red flag (because of the fall of Iddon) the british "young gun" was always in the top positions of the heat and never sparing as usually happens in these cases when there is a step away from the title. For Lowes the 2013 title came after two seasons in the WSSC always at the highest levels. Rumors of the paddock says for next year the British rider riding a GP Moto2 championship. Stay tuned!
WSSC France GP round - Magny Cours