Dakar 2018 Day eight Outcomes

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In an try to make up time and climb again up via the standings, Monster Vitality Honda Crew’s Joan Barreda went on the assault within the 40th Dakar Rally’s seventh stage. This was the primary of the marathon levels and the longest one but with 302 kilometers of liaison or switch part (stage 6 winner Antoine Meo of the Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing Crew led off the four:00 a.m. begin) and a staggering 425 kilometers of timed particular stage from La Paz, Bolivia, to the Bolivian army barracks in Uyuni—a stage characterised by quick, chilly, and muddy going, a lot of it at over 10,00zero toes within the Andes. (Being the primary a part of a marathon stage, in fact, riders won’t have their mechanics or spare components within the bivouac in order that they should deal with their bikes and our bodies accordingly.)

Barreda’s plan paid off—to a sure extent—as he gained the stage by nearly three minutes over Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Crew’s Adrien Van Beveren, Barreda’s teammate Kevin Benavides one other five-plus minutes again. Sadly the quickest Spaniard of the race so far fell and suffered a attainable knee harm that might rule him out of the race.

Dakar 2018 Day 8 Andrew Short

There was—and might be—a lot of this sort of getting in Bolivia, however Andrew Quick negotiated the primary half of the marathon stage efficiently, opting to stay to his plan of ending every stage and studying as a substitute of going for prime outcomes. In spite of everything, the second half of this marathon stage might be almost 308 miles lengthy and with no spare components allowed within the bivouac, the tires and the remainder of the bike have to hold on with what they’ve received.

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“I began the stage all weapons blazing and the whole lot was going effectively, however round kilometer 300 I went off monitor and had a nasty fall,” Barreda defined. “I feel I broke my knee, and from then the ache made me decelerate. Now it’s time to see what we will do about it, but it surely’s wanting actually dangerous. My knee is out of whack and I can’t even put my foot on the ground.”

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He added, “I had the medical doctors look me over they usually have informed me that there’s nothing damaged however that I’ve some liquid contained in the knee. Let’s see if they’ll repair it, and tomorrow we’ll begin to attempt to [at least start] the stage, though I noticed stars after I needed to put my leg down in some corners.”

Dakar 2018 Day 8 Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda received one more stage win on the long term within the marathon stage from La Paz to Uyuni, but it surely got here at nice value as a spill left him with a painful knee harm. Although he moved as much as third general, he’ll should see how he feels when he traces up for stage eight.

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If Barreda is unable to proceed, it’d be a double dose of dangerous luck for him and the crew as his efficiency moved him to 3rd within the provisional general standings, lower than 5 minutes behind chief Van Beveren’s 21 hours, 49 minutes, and 18 seconds. Benavides, the chief going into the stage, lies second at 21:52:32, Barreda’s time being 21:54:03.

Alexandre Kowalski, Crew Director for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Crew, commented, “Adrien rode an excellent stage as we speak. He pushed laborious from begin to end and with out making errors he managed to cross the road in second place. The race goes on tomorrow, and we might be ready to satisfy our riders within the Tupiza bivouac on the finish of the primary marathon stage.”

The Individuals additionally rode a bit cautiously within the quick, moist, tough Bolivian situations the place the route consisted principally of two-track the place navigation wasn’t fairly as vital as in Peru’s trackless sand dunes. Monster Vitality Honda Crew’s Ricky Brabec took 10th within the stage and continues to carry 11th general at 22:28:52.

“On this seventh stage, the primary a part of the primary marathon [stage], I didn’t really feel comfy with the rain, which has not left us all day. However the tracks have been fairly fast and I may go pretty quick with out taking too many dangers as a result of I wished to get to the Uyuni bivouac in a single piece and with the bike with out issues. Now let’s have a look at how we put together [for] tomorrow’s stage.”

Andrew Quick additionally appeared to throttle again only a bit as a way to protect his tires and Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing Crew’s FR 450 for stage eight’s mind-numbing 498-kilometer particular (longest of the rally), reaching Uyuni with the 28th-fastest time (6:05:35) and slipping to 25th general in 23:59:05.

Dakar 2018 Day 8 Mark Samuels

Regardless of the considerably overseas (to him) chilly and moist going, Mark Samuels put his works HRC CRF450 Rally 25th within the stage, shifting him as much as 36th general.

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Mark Samuels of the MEC Honda Crew had in all probability his greatest day up to now, ending the stage 25th and shifting as much as 36th general in 26:34:20, whereas SCORE Baja racing rival Shane Esposito on the DUUST KTM crew was 34th for the stage and is now 38th general in 26:58:06.

Klymciw Racing crew member Invoice Conger plugged away for 89th within the stage and strikes as much as 79th general at 37:21:34.

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Day eight Race Outcomes

Rating Rider Quantity Rider Crew Total Time Time From Chief Penalty
1 four Adrien Van Beveren Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Crew 21h 49′ 18”
2 47 Kevin Benavides Monster Vitality Honda Crew 21h 52′ 32” + 00h 03′ 14”
three 5 Joan Barreda Bort Monster Vitality Honda Crew 21h 54′ 03” + 00h 04′ 45”
four 2 Matthias Walkner Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Crew 21h 57′ 36” + 00h 08′ 18” 00h 01′ 00”
5 eight Toby Worth Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Crew 22h 02′ 52” + 00h 13′ 34”
6 23 Xavier De Soultrait Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Crew 22h 05′ 57” + 00h 16′ 39” 00h 02′ 00”
7 19 Antoine Meo Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Crew 22h 07′ 58” + 00h 18′ 40” 00h 01′ 00”
eight 10 Pablo Quintanilla Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing 22h 10′ 05” + 00h 20′ 47”
9 three Gerard Farres Guell Himoinsa Racing Crew. 22H 22′ 45” + 00h 33′ 27”
10 9 Stefan Svitko Slovnaft Rally Crew 22H 23′ 11” + 00H 33′ 53” 00h 01′ 00”

Different American Riders

Rating Rider Quantity Rider Crew Total Time Time From Chief Penalty
11 20 Ricky Brabec Monster Vitality Honda Crew 22h 28′ 52” + 00h 39′ 34”
25 54 Andrew Quick Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing 23h 59′ 05” + 02h 09′ 47”
36 64 Mark Samuels MEC Crew 26h 34′ 20” + 04h 45′ 02” 01h 00′ 00”
38 103 Shane Esposito Duust Rally Crew 26h 58′ 06” + 05h 08′ 48” 02h 05′ 00”
79 105 Invoice Conger Klymciw Racing 37h 21′ 34” + 15h 32′ 16”

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