BIKES First news from stage 11 and virtual standings WP7

BIKES First news from stage 11 and virtual standings WP7

16.01.2014: Dakar Rally 2014 stage 11 ANTOFAGASTA - EL SALVADOR January 16th, 2014 10:35 Bikes: Little between Coma and Despres after 201 km

Dakar Rally 2014
January 16th, 2014

    10:35 Bikes: Little between Coma and Despres after 201 km

Marc Coma now has a five second advantage, meaning that the two stage leaders have not been able to make a genuine difference so far.

However, Despres has gained some time back on Rodrigues and Pain: 4 minutes on the Portuguese rider and 3’30' over his team-mate and countryman.

Joan Barreda is third, 1’02' behind Coma and Jordi Viladoms trails the stage leader by 1’55'.

    10:02 Bikes: Viladoms and Pain fight for 3rd after 177 km

Third place is at stake on the stage in the struggle between Olivier Pain and Jordi Viladoms. However, for Olivier Pain, it also includes protecting his fourth place against a possible comeback by Cyril Despres or Helder Rodrigues.

The two men are fourth and fifth, with the Spaniard ahead of the Frenchman. Viladoms has taken a further advantage of 2 minutes and Pain has lost 3’10 of his lead over Cyril Despres, but gained 6' over Rodrigues.

    09:53 Bikes: Despres leads at CP1 after 177 km

With a lead of 14 seconds over Marc Coma, Cyril Despres now heads the stage in the bike special, 32” ahead of third place Joan Barreda and 3’16' in front of fourth place Helder Rodrigues.

The aim of the Frenchman today is most likely to gain time on the Portuguse rider, who yesterday led him by 7’16' in the general standings. He has already clawed back more than a third of that time.

    09:32 Bikes: Viladoms 3rd after 120 km

Spaniard Jordi Viladoms has moved into the top 3 behind Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, trailing his team-mate and stage leader by 1’00'.

    09:27 Bikes: Coma takes the lead after 164 km

The Spaniard is now alone out in front of the provisional stage standings, with Cyril Despres 22 seconds behind. Joan Barreda now lies 1’26' behind Coma, in front of Helder Rodrigues and Olivier Pain, respectively 2’36' and 2’37' behind the stage leader.

    08:56 Bikes: 4 seconds between Despres and Coma after 80 km

The two leaders of the special have set off like rockets: only 4 separate Cyril Despres and Marc Coma! Behind them, Joan Barreda trails by 53', Olivier Pain by 1’18', tied on the same time as Helder Rodrigues.

    08:35 Bikes: Despres leads by a whisker after 43 km

Five riders have completed 43 km and Frenchman Cyril Despres is out in front, with a time of 21’46'. Marc Coma trails him by just 6', Joan Barreda by 20', Olivier Pain by 44' and Kuba Przygonski by 50'.

    07:55 Bikes: Start of the bike special!

The bikes have got to grips with 605 kilometres of special in the desert on the way to El Salvador. A first section of 350 kilometres awaits before 120 kilometres of sand in the dunes of Copiapo.

Joan Barreda Bort kicks off proceedings, ahead of Helder Rodrigues and Cyril Despres, with the first intermediate time check after 43 km.

    07:50 Bikes: The bikes head to the start

Since 5.15 AM local time, the bike and quad riders have been on the 144-kms link stage to the start of this Thursday’s special, the eleventh since the start of the Dakar 2014: 605 kilometres of special stage await the 80 bikes and 16 quads cleared to start.

Dakar stage 11 virtual standings top 5 at WP7

1    002    COMA (ESP)    KTM    002:36:58        00:00:00

2    001    DESPRES (FRA)    YAMAHA    002:37:30    00:00:32    00:00:00

3    003    BARREDA BORT (ESP)    HONDA    002:38:46    00:01:48    00:00:00

4    004    VILADOMS (ESP)    KTM    002:40:37    00:03:39    00:00:00

5    006    PAIN (FRA)    YAMAHA    002:41:40    00:04:42    00:00:00

- ASO  -  also photo


16.01.2014 / MaP

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