Video - Dakar Rally 2015 Stage 2: Top Riders starts Showing their Talent!!
Snapshot: Honda Dominates the Stage 2!!!
Honda reigned supreme on the searing second day, where temperatures soared above 50 degrees in the desert sections of the stage, as Joan Barreda won his tenth Dakar stage by just over six minutes from teammate Paulo Goncalves. The Spaniard had emerged victorious after staving off challenges from KTM duo Marc Coma and Sam Sunderland, the latter losing over two hours in the standings after getting lost with just 20 kilometres left in the competitive section. After its dominant perfromance in Stage 1 KTM would like to get back to winning ways in the Stage 3
“In the end we set off with a game-plan to not make any mistakes and arrive safely at the finish-line,” said Barreda. “The result has been amazing. In the first part, Sunderland and Coma pushed really hard and I overtook Paulo to try and stop them running away with the stage.
“In the end, it was more about survival than anything else. We had to measure the pace and keep focused on the navigation as there were some extremely tricky spots, plus another stretch towards the end, that really put a strain on the body,” he continued.
Coma’s challenge also faltered in the closing stages when a worn out rear tyre forced the reigning Dakar champion to limp home in eighth.“I felt that 60 km from the end my rear tyre was finished and I started to ride no faster than 60 km/h, no faster than that,” he said. “The (tire) mousse disintegrated in the last 60 km. A little earlier I know it was happening. I had to slow down a lot. For the last 60 km I could not go faster than 60 km/h. But after having reached the finish I consider myself lucky because we could have lost much more time. Obviously its not the result we wanted but it is still salvageable.”
“Okay, we lost some time today, but at the end I’m lucky because normally I could have stayed stuck in the desert all the day.” Price’s impressive ride saw him arrive as the third KTM home, behind experienced Dakar teammates Rubén Faria and Jordi Villadoms.
Hosting the second longest special stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally (518 miles), Stage 2 between Villa Carlos Paz and San Juan was especially grueling because of the added heat; and as such, The Dakar has already started to separate the top riders.
Yamaha had another unfortunate day, with poor finishes from all of its factory-supported riders. Top rider Olivier Pain finished the day 17th, citing the intense heat and open course as his downfall — Pain, a veteran rally-raid rider, said his pace would be better in the technical course book stages. Finishing the day just ahead of Pain were Yamaha Racing’s other riders Michael Metge (17th) and Alessandro Botturi (18th). The trio of riders are group together as well in the overall rankings.
OVERALL STANDINGS - 2015 Dakar Rally, Day 2
1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) Honda 7h06m44s
2. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Honda +4m37s
3. Ruben Faria (POR) KTM +10m37s
4. Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +11m24s
5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM +11m32s
6. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +12m03s
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM +12m26s
8. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Honda +13m26s
9. Jeremias Israel Esquerre (CHI) Honda +16m24s
10. Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP) Yamaha +19m34s
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