Monday, January 17, 2011
With the overwhelming success that has blossomed from the Dakar rally since its transition from the desolation of apathetic Northern Africa to the welcoming arms of passionate South America, it is quite apparent that more neighboring countries will be eager to sample a taste of that success and more importantly, its promotional and commercial side effects. While next year’s participation of Argentina and Chile are most likely certain, no less than three additional countries are rumored to either have already promised funds or are in serious talks with the Amaury Sport Organization, the Dakar Rally organizing body, to play host to at least one or more stages each.
Indeed, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil are all rumored to be clamoring to host stages of the 2012 Dakar rally in the hopes or raising their international profile and tourist interests which can be very lucrative. It is said that for a $5 Million dollar investment to party host the rally this year, Argentina may reap upwards of $170 Million in returns as tourists flock to see the spectacle that is hundreds of motorbikes, cars, and trucks barreling through as picturesque a terrain as can be found on Earth. While the commercial success and attraction cannot be denied, the question remains, and true to ASO history, will probably not be answered until very late in 2011, which countries will the Dakar Rally visit next year? The safe bet is that it will be more than the current two.
As the ASO tries, not forget its history, but to shake off the romantic but unrealistic notion that the only true home for the rally remains in Africa, it can be certain that the 2012 Dakar will impress even the most hopeless of romantics. Only 50 more weeks…
Friday, January 14, 2011
After a near flawless run to victory on Stage 9, Jonah Street kicked off the morning’s proceedings fresh as a daisy. Perhaps ‘fresh as a daisy’ is a gross over statement of the conditions with the riders having, by the start of the now infamous Fiambala Stage, already completed a border crossing and a liaison in the order of several hundred kilometers. The stage designation of Copiapo to Chilecito is also somewhat misleading. Perhaps ‘Copiapo to Chilecito by way of Hell in a hand basket’ would be a more appropriate moniker for a stage that is quickly gaining a reputation to be feared, a reputation of swallowing riders, destroying whatever hopes they may have had for good stage times, and then spitting them out, bruised and battered, if they are lucky, at the stage finish.
With only a 176km special on the stage, it shouldn’t have been so bad, but numbers are tricky little devils. Sometimes those numbers are misleading as well. Every one of those kilometers would become a battle in themselves and only those riders with the drive to win the war will breach the defenses to take the hill that is the finish of stage 10.
Indeed, ‘misleading’ will look to become the best description to define the day that was Stage10 of the 2011 Dakar Rally. The Fiambala stage treats the competitors with contempt and as trespassers who dare attempt to tame her. The stage wasted little time in punishing first on track, Jonah Street. In a self admitted ‘rookie mistake’, Jonah missed the first waypoint and squandered valuable time finding it. As evident by the times at that first waypoint, the previous day’s hero had taken over 34 minutes to find it to Helder Rodrigues’ 21 minutes for the same distance. Helder repeated his stage 9 performance by rocketing to an early lead from his lowly, 11th place start position. The Portuguese Yamaha pilot was followed in close order by the regulars of the sharp end of the timing sheets. Frenchman, Cyril Despres on his KTM 450 Rally trailed Rodrigues by a scant 14” with team mate and water carrier, Ruben Faria of Portugal a further 26” back in third place. 4th place was occupied by Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez of neighboring Chile, with American Quinn Cody hot on his heels just 1’01” back from the lead.
Of course this was early in the stage, but 9th place starter and overall rally leader, Marc Coma must have felt a bit left out from the lead pack because as the riders blasted through the second timing waypoint, it was Coma who grabbed the headlines as the stage leader relegating Rodrigues to 4th. Rodrigues however, was not to be denied the top position and took that back promptly from Coma by waypoint 3. From then, the timing positions remained fairly static. Some jostling for position briefly saw Quinn Cody and his Honda rise to 3rd place at waypoint 4, but the newcomer was put back in his place by the wily veterans with Quinn settling in about the 5th position on stage up towards the end.
Stage 9 dark horse surprise, Daniel Gouet, the young Chilean, showed that his good result was not simply an inheritance gifted through the misfortunes of others. Gouet took charge of his Honda CRF450X from a 6th place starting position and began an undulating rhythm up and down the time sheets to eventually end up in a very respectable 15th place only 37:43” off the lead finisher.
At this point, it may be expected that Helder Rodrigues rolled into the finish of the short stage in the lead followed by the current crop of rally heavyweights, however, lest we forget the ‘misleading’ aspect of Fiambala for it was she that would have the last laugh. Just in the short distance between the final waypoint and the finish of the stage, the expected results changed drastically as a plethora of riders became lost in a tricky navigation section. Let’s clarify that. Not lost, but “very, very lost” as Jonah Street described it after the stage. Quinn Cody was having a stellar performance on the day and, due to his later starting time, had hooked up with Jonah on the piste with the two riding together. As they became more and more lost, Quinn was looking to Jonah, a Dakar veteran, for guidance on where to go.
Eventually, they found their way in to the finish, but both had dropped over 90 minutes to the lead position and stage 10 winner, Spaniard Marc Coma on his KTM. Cody and Street finished in 50th and 51st positions on the stage which was by any terms, a disastrous result.
Early in the stage, Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues repeated his stage 9 performance by taking the lead. Unfortunately, he also repeated his end of stage 9 performance by getting lost as well. Almost exactly as he had done at the end of stage 9, Helder again lost over 27 minutes from the lead time to finish a very disappointing 10th place. Not all results were disappointing though. Riders such as Azevedo (BRA), Pizzolito (ARG), and Stanovnik (SVN) were the beneficiaries of the misfortunes of others by moving up several positions from the final waypoint to the end of the stage, with Stanovnik jumping from 9th to 4th place for the finish.
The top ten results were: 1st - Coma (KTM), 2nd – Despres (KTM) +9:56”, 3rd – Faria (KTM) +13:22”, 4th – Stanovnik (KTM) +21:26”, 5th – Lopez Contardo (APR) +21:43”, 6th – Knuiman (KTM) +22:11”, 7th – Pizzolito (HON) +22:16”, 8th – Pedrero Garcia (KTM) +24:40”, 9th – Duclos (APR) +26:56”, and in 10th – Rodrigues (YAM) +27:46”
Stage 10 was marred by the withdrawal of notables such as Tina Meier, Ronnie Bodinger, and Vicente de Benedictis Neto. Germany’s iron woman, Meier rode the massive liaison from Copiapo to Fiambala in such pain, that she could not bear to take the start. She withdrew after consulting the medical staff. Depending on which report is accurate, Tina was the victim of kidney stones or a severe gastro-intestinal illness. Either way it is amazing the fortitude that these competitors have, to carry on until the absolute limit has been reached.
As if the timed stage itself was not torturous enough, drama continued on the final liaison into Chilecito. While riding behind one of the assistance trucks, a massive dust cloud was kicked up. Jonah, not being able to see clearly in the dust, clouded into a gas tank the size of a washing machine in the middle of the road. He was thrown from his bike, but was largely unhurt. Enraged, Jonah threw the tank off the road so no one else would hit it and then clamored on to track down the trucks that were in front of him on the road. When admitting that they had seen the tank in the road, Jonah could only shake his head in disbelief that they wouldn’t have stopped to pick it up, thereby preventing anyone else from hitting it like Jonah did, when he asked them why they didn’t do that, his question was met with only silence.
Stage 10 was a dream for few and a nightmare for most. As the rally really begins to wind down to its completion, many riders are simply giving up on competition and turning an eye towards survival. The recent stages have bested many, but still nearly one hundred riders continue to battle on towards Buenos Aires and the humble, understated finishers medal that means so much to so many. Don’t be misled by the simple time results at the end of each stage. This Dakar has been jam packed with amazing stories though and through.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
RallyRaidReview is very sad to report that German rider, Tina Meier has had to call it a rally at the start of stage 10 due to a severe stomach illness. Tina broke the devastating news via a Facebook post to her fans and friends. Keep in mind that she did this after riding from the bivouac in Copiapo all the way along today’s liaison to the start control. A woman with unimaginable toughness! We at RallyRaidReview congratulate Tina on her outstanding performance and sincerely hope to see her back next year, on her Sherco, for a flawless, trouble free run to the finish.
Get well Tina!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Well, well, well, what a difference a day makes. Today’s relatively short loop through the Atacama dunes to the north of Copiapo may have appeared innocuous. It was anything but. A patchwork of early morning fog descended upon the riders like the blurry eyed haze of sleepless nights. Add to that the confusion of a group start, ten at a time, and we start to get a glimpse of what may have been the contributing factors that led all but one of the riders from the first wave astray and out chasing phantoms in the desert.
Certainly much blame will be bandied about but needless to say, when a lonely Helder Rodrigues took a particular turn, the rest of the leading pack had been convinced that he was off on a fool’s errand and continued on their erroneous path. However, they had no idea how right Helder was as they meandered about looking for navigational clues as to their whereabouts. Soon after, the lead pack turned around only to be met en route, by the second wave of riders that had started five minutes later. At that point, the damage was done. Rodrigues had long pinned the throttle on his Yamaha and stormed off to the lead.
What nerve it must have taken for the young Portuguese rider to leave a pack consisting of the brain trust of modern day rallying strategic experience to strike off on his own, trusting his navigation instead of following the pack, brimming with confidence while suppressing the unimaginable feelings of self-doubt. Through the early part of his performance, once it was determined how Rodrigues had outfoxed his main rivals, he was dubbed the modern day ‘Vasco da Gama’ of rally navigation by those following the time sheets like racing junkies at the off track betting.
Waypoint 1 times determined the extent of the navigational damage as overall rally leaders Marc Coma and Cyril Despres clocked times slotting them in 59th and 58th places respectively behind the 57th placed Jincheng of Argentina’s Pablo Oscar Pascual. The sharp end of the timing lists showcased a refreshing crop of riders with names like Bethys, Salvatierra, Schroder, and Pizzolito battling it out with veterans Verhoeven, Rodrigues, and Casteu.
Sitting in a lowly starting position, a quiet, unassuming, unshakable American, named Jonah Street was determined to fight on and not allow the issues of the previous days to cloud his mind. Having been slotted in a starting position behind 44 other riders when the signal was given, Street wasted no time as he began his march toward the front.
Picking off dozens of riders in short order, Jonah smelled blood and began to stalk his prey like a hungry lion following the trail of a wounded gazelle. 45th, 13th, 5th, 2nd, Jonah posted some of the quickest waypoint to waypoint times of the entire field. After two days of mechanical woes resulting in significant time loss, Jonah’s mechanic Niles Follin had forsaken sleep in order to provide the most thoroughly prepared and supremely capable platform to propel Jonah to the front…and to the front he went. Once in second place, the GYTR Yamaha rider could practically taste his next meal. Rodrigues was the carrot on the end of Street’s stick and Jonah was not to be denied, not today, not again.
By waypoint 4, the now second place Jonah was only 2’50” behind the stage leader, Portugal’s early stage hero, Helder Rodrigues. At waypoint 5, the gap had closed a further 21” to put Jonah within 2’29” of Rodrigues. The quiet lion waited no longer to pounce and pounce he did. At checkpoint 2, waypoint 6, Jonah had devoured the time gap and left Helder scratching his head, 47” back in second place. Jonah had turned up the wick as the relative times of the next fastest riders, Rodrigues, Verhoeven and Casteu remained flat between waypoint 5 and waypoint 6.
At the finish, leaving nothing but bare, picked bones in his wake, the quiet American had demolished the field and put his stamp on the day by a massive 3’38” over second place, Frans Verhoeven on the Speedbrain BMW. Interestingly all three top riders on today’s stage had overcome recent adversity to pluck the top spots, Verhoeven changing an engine during yesterday’s stage and third place David Casteu enjoying a relatively trouble free day after hours lost on previous stages due to a new, but temperamental gearbox in his lovely little Sherco.
The rally superstars were not too far down to fight back however. KTM rivals Cyril Despres and Marc Coma had recovered early enough to pick their way back into the top ten with Coma again planting himself on Despres’ rear wheel much to the annoyance of the Dakar incumbent. Solidly recovering into the top ten along with the KTM duo was Norway’s Pal Anders Ullevalsetter becoming more and more comfortable with his new KTM 450 Rally, and Chilean superstar, Francisco Lopez on his Aprilia.
Behind the Yamaha of Street, the BMW of Verhoeven, and the Sherco of Casteu, the top ten filled out with Spain’s Gerard Farres Guell aboard an Aprilia in 4th, followed by his countryman, Jordi Viladoms on his Yamaha in 5th.
Perhaps kick starting the career of a new, young superstar, an excellent 6th place result for Chile’s Daniel Gouet may force fellow Chilean, Chaleco Lopez to allow some elbow room at the top for the young upstart and his Honda. In came the superstars, Despres, Ullevalsetter, Coma, and Lopez to round out the top ten.
Unfortunately, when the fortunes turned for Helder Rodrigues, they really turned. After navigating so flawlessly and confidently from the start, Rodrigues made a crucial error that not only saw him deviate in the wrong direction by 9 kilometers, but to add insult to injury, the Yamaha hopeful ran out of petrol literally evaporating any chance of recovering a decent result. It is reported that Jake Smith, Felipe Prohens, and perhaps some other generous rally compatriots came to Rodrigues’ rescue and gave him some much needed fuel to finish the day a disastrous 27’17” back from the lead.
In the Ladies Cup, Sweden’s Annie Seel bested the bunch for a 36th place finish followed by 42nd place Laia Sanz less than 2 minutes back.
How long must it have been since the highest finish that a KTM machine could muster was 7th place? The top ten finishers of Stage 9 include the products of no less than six different manufacturers. Yamaha, BMW, Sherco, Aprilia, Honda, and of course KTM…if this is the result of the new 450 regulations, then a well deserved congratulations is to be given to the ASO for undertaking the tough decision and well done to the teams and manufacturers who have responded and perhaps somewhat reluctantly embraced the new rules.
Days such as this display that the leaders in the rally world are not infallible, and while no one likes to see them falter, any tightening of the field or opportunities for others to come to the forefront and shine are always welcomed by the fans and followers of the enigma that is cross country rallying. As was mentioned in yesterday’s wrap up, looks can be deceiving and certainly the short distance of Stage 9 has proven that in spades.
Attention now turns to the few remaining stages in this, the 2011 edition of the Dakar rally. We leave Chile with fond memories of the legions of warm and welcoming fans and an overall job well done. Headed off the circus is for a very long, very early liaison that will see the bikes off from Copiapo at 4:30am for a 686km connection, back across the border into Argentina, and to the start of a 176km special through the Argentine Atacama. With the end of Stage 9, we must bid adieu to Chile. Gracias Chile. Usted ha sido un anfitrión maravilloso! In my worst translated Spanish, Thank you Chile, you have been a wonderful host!
This is the one for which the fans have been waiting. After a group start of ten riders at a time and a navigational issue by nine of them, today’s results were thrown on their head seeing the usual leaders dropping back quite a few spots while Helder Rodrigues, Jonah Street, Frans Verhoeven, and David Casteu stormed to the top of the time sheets. After a few days of misfortune, Street would not be denied, pulling out a 47" lead over Rodrigues at the second to last waypoint.
As the riders came into the stage finish, several lower placed riders first as they were physically in front of the time leaders, the excitement built to a fever pitch as Jonah stormed across the line a dominant 3'38" over 2nd place Verhoeven and 3'40" over 3rd place Casteu. A late stage problem saw Rodrigues drop more than 27' in the last 27 kilometers of the stage.
Well done Jonah!!!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Either way, Jenny is a Dakar champion through and through. Well done m'lady, well done. Now for the healing, as Bounds would say, "steady away".
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Drama, excitement, controversy, confusion, elation, devastation...If you enjoy all those things in combination, Stage 5 of the 2011 Dakar Rally is the stage for you.
It was a long day for the riders on the first full stage in Chile. 154 riders were slated to leave the start for a short, 36km liaison to the opening timing control, only to face a grueling 423km charge from Calama to the sea at Iquique getting their first real taste of the Atacama desert.
As the track widened from the defined roads and technical segments of Argentina into the expansive areas and salars of Chile, the navigational aspects of the rally have started to become more crucial and the more experienced navigators have shown hints of beginning to shine.
After opening the track, factory KTM pilot and overall rally leader, Marc Coma quickly and uncharacteristically dropped to sixth place at the first waypoint recovering a bit by WP3. Ever the opportunist, Chilean hero Chaleco Lopez and his Aprilia, wasted no time in taking the early lead ahead of the factory KTM of Cyril Despres and Yamaha star, Olivier Pain. Pain was not content with that however, and stormed off in a hurry to take the lead of the rally by WP3. The Yamaha pilot put a stamp on his early lead by stretching out to a comfortable 1'16" over his next closest rival, Lopez.
As this battle was forming, Coma had another uncharacteristic event, a fall near the 80km mark apparently hitting a hidden rock, damaging both his wrist and the radiator on his KTM 450 Rally. Consequently, Coma quickly dropped from the sharp end of the leader board. His downtime from the fall itself was not too long, but according to the ASO, he stopped again a few kilometers later to perform some repairs as his KTM was leaking coolant.
The battle up front tightened up with Pain maintaining the lead through the middle part of the stage from second place, Lopez. The two traded places briefly through waypoint 7 but Pain was having none of that and reclaimed the lead by waypoint 8. Shortly thereafter, Pain sustained what is being reported as a massive fall and retired from the rally with a broken arm. Chaleco was not able to capitalize on this though because it was time for the BMW of Speedbrain's Frans Verhoeven to take the spotlight and boy did he ever, pulling out a commanding lead and bringing Team Bianchi Prata's Paulo Goncalves along for the ride. Although physically separated on the track, the two riders stretched out a cushion of nearly two minutes over third place Chaleco Lopez.
Excitement gathered steam as 'Speedy' Goncalves started to gain on Verhoeven through the final waypoints towards what could be his first ever Dakar stage win. Fans and followers were on the edge of their seats as Goncalves took the lead at the last waypoint prior to the finishing approach down the beautiful, thirty degree descent to the picturesque seaside stage end. Physically first through to the end were both Chaleco and Despres with Chaleco the provisional winner, at least until the rest of the riders arrived or so I thought. A few minutes later, Verhoeven crossed the line and stunned followers by falling to a single second behind Lopez. It was all down to Goncalves at this point. He was physically quickest up through WP14, but when he crossed the finish, he had dropped a massive, by Dakar moto standards, 2'35" to Chaleco who now looked to have won the first full Chilean stage of the 2011 Dakar.
As the times from other riders refreshed, it looked as though many had encountered difficulty in the final kilometers of the stage and it looked like Chaleco would be the hero of the day. Soon after, the ASO began adjusting times crediting time back to both Marc Coma and Paulo Goncalves for having stopped and tended to the downed Olivier Pain. This time credit handed Paulo 'Speedy' Goncalves his first ever Dakar stage win and moved Coma back up to 4th place in the final standings. I am sure that if you listened closely, the world over could hear the cheers from Portugal. It was a much deserved stage win for a rider who has tried so hard.
The provisional finish for the stage shows Goncalves as the winner with a time adjusted and commanding 2'18" lead over the Aprilia of Chaleco Lopez, BMW Speedbrain's, Verhoeven in third just a second behind Lopez followed by a time adjusted Coma (+3'58"), Cyril Despres (+4'10"), Helder Rodrigues, Ruben Faria, Jonah Street, Pal Anders Ullevalsetter, and Juan Pedrero to round out the top ten. Pal Anders looks to be shaking off his early stage unease with his unfamiliar KTM and seems to be coming to grips with the riding style changes the smaller mount demands.
Another notable on stage 5 is the 22nd place finish of Quinn Cody, a Dakar rookie, navigational rally novice, but experience, top notch racer who again impresses on his first outing. Alain Duclos put in another solid stage in the hopes that the misfortunes of Stage 1 are finally behind him. Aussies Warren Strange and Jacob Smith both completed a smart run to bring it home 37th and 43rd respectively.
The big losers on the stage today were obviously Olivier Pain who fell from the lead, but also Thomas Berglund and Jes Munk who also suffered rally ending offs. Berglund suffering a broken collar bone in a fall from his Husaberg and Stage 3's hero Jes Munk who dislocated his elbow when his Aprilia went down.
The mystery today is what happened to David Casteu. The Sherco pilot hovered between 8th and 11th place through waypoint 4 only to lose a massive hour and 25 minutes between WP4 and WP5. There is still no word as to the cause with the ASO having reported simple, but repeated navigational issues. I find it hard to believe for such an experienced rider. The ASO's report is even harder to believe after studying the times and realizing the pace that Casteu undertook through the rest of the stage, eventually brining the Sherco home with a total stage time of 10h10'20" losing nearly 5 hours on this stage alone.
Stage 5 continued the trend of recent Dakar’s, lulling the competitors in with a few relatively calm easy stages, but like walking into the cage of a sleeping lion, the calm didn't last for long as the Dakar lion has now officially been awaken and is wasting no time in inflicting pain at those that dare come tempt fate.
Stage 6 is another massive, 456km stage and will be the first real taste of the famous (or infamous) Atacama dunes as the riders make their way from Iquique to Arica in northern Chile, just skirting the Peruvian border. Get some rest tonight, ice and splint those F5 fingers and be ready for tomorrows excitement, it's going to be another stunner for sure.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Stage 4 consisted of a long liaison over the Andes broken up only by the breathtaking views, breathtaking altitude, and the long anticipated border crossing into Chile, followed by a blindingly quick 207km stage in which Coma edged Despres by 16" to take the overall lead by a scant 2" difference. From a timing perspective, the two were nose to tail through each waypoint never more than 34" apart through the entire stage. A purely stunning display of speed and accuracy by the two factory KTM riders as they left all of their competition, literally and figuratively in the dust. The only rider really remaining within any sort of relative position was Chaleco Lopez on the Aprilia, perhaps seemingly stating to the rest of the field that the rally is now in his back yard.
Of course, for team F5, drama continues to play out and nails continue to get whittled down to their nubs as ASO timing and scoring continually dropped riders, and to that end, complete waypoints as no times were displayed for WP3 and the final WP.
Another solid display from both Jonah Street and Quinn Cody with Cody staying right there, impressing all with his pace on what is not only his first Dakar, but his first real navigational rally.
Many top riders looked to have some issues between WP2 and WP4 with many riders dropping considerable time to the two leaders with the next closest riders, aside from Chaleco, more than +6'20" back from Coma. Probably the hardest hit of the main bunch being Goncalves on the Team Bianchi Prata BMW dropping +15'11" behind the leader. Promising young Aussie, Jacob Smith dropped considerable time between WP4 and WP5 dropping from 17th to 80th place with a loss of 38'38" in that segment alone, contrasted by fellow Aussie Warren Strange's rapid ascent back up the standings starting 146th for a yet unknown reason and passing nearly 100 riders to finish up the stage in a provisional 49th place.
Coming to grips with his machine, and I'm sure not a moment too soon looked to be Pal Anders Ullevalsetter who clocked in at the stage finish in a provisional 10th place, just over 10 minutes back from Coma after a steady climb up through the standings from waypoint to waypoint. Solid rides by Craig Bounds and so far, by Simon Pavey, Luis Belaustegui, Mike Stanfield, and Jose Garcia. Jenny Morgan has not popped up on some waypoint times and many are worried as to what that could mean. Missing also is the Bultaco of Ignacio Chivite. Let's hope these are nothing more than ASO timing irregularities, or regularities as some may consider them.
No doubt Coma will want to extend his lead while Despres will look to claw it back as we move into the Atacama and what many consider the real heart of the South American Dakar. Be on the lookout for the upstarts that will soon realize that they need to stop the bleeding time deficits if they are to remain in striking distance of a win or a spot on the podium. We move into the desert, the dunes, and to some, the devastation of hopes dashed. F5's at the ready boys, it's just getting good.
No matter what happens by the time we get to the Bivouac at Calama, Stage 4 looks to be one to start separating the herd. Today, the riders will climb to new altitudes, cross new latitudes, and will certainly come away with new attitudes about what it takes to survive. Sit back, enjoy, F5's at the ready boys...
Mark Patronelli, Dakar Rally Champion 2010 ATVs and who started the currentcompetition is still in full recovery of the fractured fibula he had during training in late November, suffered a further drop today and evaluate abandon the test.
"I see now with family and friends, but I think that this ends for me to Dakar. Lament forthe people, by Argentina, for the good vibes. I put everything, but when things do not go,do not go, "said Marcos, after the third stage joined Jujuy Tucumán.
Mark Patronelli suffered today, during the course of the third stage, a blow to one kneeafter a new fall and so is thinking of deserting from the competition.
"Everything is complicated. Yesterday I also had a small stroke and came barbarictoday, but the floor is very treacherous. I took the gravel and went outside. I went flyingbut fell back on one floor, I was lucky, " he said in remarks Patronelli to the press. The first day of competition Marcos was penalized six hours starting late.
"The quad was 25 meters from the runway and the climb was very steep, so I went looking and came as 15 people Salta and Jujuy. ropes and we got about 20 minutespulling out", he added.
Also, the pilot of Las Flores said: "I are announcing everywhere that I have to stay still. I will do the Dakar to come. Maybe there is a possibility that long morning, but I have hit hard knee, I have a very large hematoma "concluded Mark Patronelli.
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