Stage 6 – Tucuman to Salta
What happened yesterday: Thursday 9th January
This would go down to be Broadlink KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk’s best rally stage thus far. Starting in 72nd position, everything would go “right” for Riaan as he found the way where everyone else failed finishing in an incredible 5th on the stage bringing him back down to 17th overall. It was almost not to be though, as when Riaan was navigating through the camel grass he crashed into Paulo Gonzalves’ burning Honda and nearly set himself alight
Todays stage: Friday 10th January: Tucuman to Salta
Liaison section: 37 km Special stage: 234 km Neutral section: 62 km Special section: 104 km Liasion section: 28 km
It was another steady day for Broadlink KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk. After yesterday’s incredible comeback Riaan started 4th this morning, it was a dusty stage mainly on roads and it resembled a typical WRC type of twisty stage winding through the Argentinean forests. Riaan said that he had a clear track in front of him as he was mixed up with all the fast guys. Even with a two minute starting gap that the first ten starters get, Riaan was still picking up dust from Helder Rodrigues on the stage. There were lot’s of drop offs and cliffs on the first stage and this is where Francisco Lopez crashed out of the rally, he fell down a huge drop off and has injured his arm and hip, his bike is totaled. The attrition rate has been more than 50% for the first half of this years Dakar. Riaan had a safe ride today and finished the stage in 13th position securing his 14th overall position.
Consistency is the name of the game here and the goal is just to finish each day. The fight at the front is crazy and we have already seen Ruben Faria, Chaleco and Ben Grabham crash out of our team. The KTM Red Bull Factory team remains optimistic with Marc coma holding a comfortable lead, Jordi Viladoms is in fourth and Kuba Pryzgonski in 7th. There is still a long way to go.
Right now riders are looking forward to a well deserved rest tomorrow in Salta. Straight after the rest day, the second marathon stage starts and bike competitors will cross the border and do a two day loop into Bolivia.
Tomorrow’s rest day in Salta: Saturday 11th January
Finally competitors will be able to rest. A well deserved rest after 6 hard stages. Competitors will have completed 4138 Kilometers and will have a day at their leisure.
Sound Clips : Stage 6
Riaan van Niekerk in Salta – http://goo.gl/8UBJI8
Alex Doringer – http://goo.gl/IqbFO2
Kuba Przygonski – http://goo.gl/lpVwuB