Dakar Day 6 - Chaleco king in his own country

Dakar Day 6 - Chaleco king in his own country

With a third stage victory on the Dakar 2013, Francisco Lopez provided a worthy celebration of the rally’s arrival in his native Chile and moved into position behind the French trio of Pain, Despres and Casteu in the general standings.

The Dakar has well and truly arrived in Chile! Although the riders and drivers already crossed the border yesterday evening from Peru on the way to the bivouac in Arica, they undertook their first special stage this year on Chilean soil. This is the sort of alert that sets the national idol’s senses buzzing. On home soil, even before reaching the Atacama Desert, Chaleco triumphed on the special stage sending a warning signal about his intentions for the rally’s finish in his home capital… in a dozen days! In the mean-time, his intermediate results are already impressive, especially for a rider who did not have a bike following the disappearance of the Bordone set-up one month before the start. With the KTM that he is riding for the Tamarugal team, Francisco Lopez has already won no less than half of the special stages on this edition so far, raising his total of stage victories on the Dakar to 9, including 5 in his native Chile. Today, it was Paulo Gonçalves who seemed to be heading for triumph, after having reached all the intermediate time check-points in the lead. However, the Portuguese rider was hampered by technical problems robbing him of the stage win.

Chaleco, who had three other KTMs hot on his heels ridden by Faria, Despres and newcomer Kurt Caselli, moves up two places in the general standings and is now in a position to barge into the 100% French trio which still leads the rally. The race order and gaps have been modified by the stage finishing in Calama: Cyril Despres is now 2’22” behind Olivier Pain, whilst David Casteu drops down a place, trailing the leader by 4’48”. As for Lopez, he is only 6’06” behind Olivier Pain.

Results Stage Six
Arica to Calama total distance 767 km – 313 km liaison and 464 km special
1, Chaleco Lopez, Chile, KTM three hours 36.21
2, Ruben Faria, Portugal KTM 3:38.55 (at 2.22)
3, Cyril Despres, France, KTM 3:40.099.32 ((at 3.48)
4, David Casteu, France, Yamaha 3:51.51
5, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, Husqvarna, 3:41.56
6, Israel Esquerre, Chile, Honda, 3:42.34
7, Frans Verhoeven, Netherlands, Yamaha, 3:43.02
8, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Honda, 3:43.02
9, Joan Pedrero, Spain, KTM, 3:43.43
10, Olivier Pain, France, Yamaha, 3:43.43
Other KTM
11, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM 3:44.09
12, Stefan Svitko, Slovakia, KTM 3:45.24
13, Ben Grabham, Australia KTM 3:45.24
16, Riaan Van Niekerk, South Africa, KTM 3:47.55
21, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM 3:55.09

Overall Standings after Stage Six
1, Pain, 15:35.23
2, Despres, KTM, 15:37.45 (trails by 2 minutes 22)
3, Casteu, 15:40.11
4, Lopez, KTM, 15:41.29
5, Faria, KTM, 15:43.58
6, Botturi, 15.47.25
7, Przygonski, KTM, 15:54.38
8, Svitko, KTM, 15:57.31

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