2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Results

On Day 11/Stage 10 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, I believe that in the Cars and Bike Class, the rally, as far as lead changes go, is effectively over.  In the Cars Class, Stephane Peterhansel has a commanding lead and now will drive to the end of the rally managing the gap to the remainder of the field.  In the Bike Class, Cyril Despres, the KTM team leader has taken over the top spot, as I predicted yesterday, and I believe that the remainder of the KTM team will fall in line behind Despres for a dominating finish.

Day 11 Map

2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Route Map

To finish up some business from yesterday, it turns out that Nasser Al-Attiyah had some serious water pump problems with his engine that lead to his withdrawal from the 2013 Dakar Rally.  Al-Attiyah says that he will be back next year.

Today was great day in Argentina as the stage was won by Orlando Terranova in his BMW.  This is the first time that an Argentinian has won a stage in the Dakar Rally and he was able to do this in a stage in Argentina.

Overall leader, Stephane Peterhansel, drove an aggressive, but well-managed stage for a third place stage finish behind team-mate Nani Roma.  Robby Gordon continues to soldier on with good stage finishes and today he finished 5th on the stage.

2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Results – Cars Class

Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT) BMW 03:57:58
2 ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA) MINI 04:00:05 00:02:07
3 PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA) MINI 04:00:17 00:02:19
4 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 04:03:24 00:05:26
5 GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA) Hummer 04:04:49 00:06:51
6 ÁLVAREZ (ARG)GRAUE (ARG) TOYOTA 04:06:41 00:08:43
7 GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR) G-FORCE PROTO 04:11:35 00:13:37
8 VASILJEV (RUS)YEVTYEKHOV (UKR) G-FORCE PROTO 04:11:55 00:13:57
9 KAHLE (DEU)SCHUENEMANN (DEU) SAM-MERCEDES 04:12:17 00:14:19
10 NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS) MINI 04:12:54 00:14:56

In the overall standings for the Cars Class, Stephane Peterhansel maintains he dominant lead.  This time cushion will allow him to be careful and not take chances on the remaining stages.  It is doubtful that any driver behind him can drive into first place.  The only way Peterhansel can lose this event is if he makes a bad mistake or if he has a major mechanical issue.  If that should happen then De Villiers in his Toyota would be in a position to inherit the lead.  De Villiers has to drive fast enough to stay in second place and hope that something happens to Peterhansel.

The current overall standings after Day 11/Stage 10 in the cars class are presented in the following table.

2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 11/Stage 10 – Cars Class

Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA) MINI 28:12:00
2 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 29:04:38 00:52:38
3 NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS) MINI 29:20:40 01:08:40
4 ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA) MINI 29:46:04 01:34:04
5 TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT) BMW 30:10:49 01:58:49
6 SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT) GREAT WALL 30:47:00 02:35:00
7 CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA) SMG 31:03:23 02:51:23
8 ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA) SMG 31:14:38 03:02:38 00:01:00
9 CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA) SMG 31:14:52 03:02:52 00:01:00
10 THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA) BUGGY MD RALLYE 31:38:51 03:26:51

In the picture below, I wonder why the helicopter is so low.  Perhaps the pilot wants his windshield washed.

Argentina Water Splash

Peterhansel at One of Those Argentinian Water Splashes Made Famous By The WRC Rallies

In the Bike Class, Cyril Despres made a big move and finished a close second on the stage to winner Barreda Bort.  Barreda Bort has been fast this year, but has a couple of poor finishes as well.

The American rider, Kurt Caselli, had another good day by finishing 5th on the stage.  He is having a good Dakar Rally considering he is a rookie at this event.

Yesterday’s overall leader, Faria, finished the stage in 8th position.  Faria knows that he is Despres’ “water-carrier” for this year’s event and will do what he can to help Despres win the Bike Class title.

The results from Day 11/Stage 10 for the Bike Class are presented on the following table.

2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Results – Bike Class

Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HUSQVARNA 04:43:14
2 DESPRES (FRA) KTM 04:44:29 00:01:15
3 GONÇALVES (PRT) HUSQVARNA 04:45:58 00:02:44
4 PEDRERO (ESP) KTM 04:47:41 00:04:27
5 CASELLI (USA) KTM 04:50:10 00:06:56
6 JAKES (SVK) KTM 04:51:17 00:08:03
7 BOTTURI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 04:51:19 00:08:05
8 FARIA (PRT) KTM 04:51:29 00:08:15
9 RODRIGUES (PRT) HONDA 04:52:48 00:09:34
10 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 04:53:38 00:10:24

Now that Despres has made his way into the Overall lead, look for the KTM team to support Despres for the overall win.  It is also possible that the KTM team riders might assist Svitko and Pedrero in order to completely crush the other marque teams.

The overall standings in the Bike Class after Day 11/Stage 10 are presented in the following table.

2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 11/Stage 10 – Bike Class

Name Mark Time Variation Penalty
1 DESPRES (FRA) KTM 30:47:04 00:15:00
2 FARIA (PRT) KTM 30:48:41 00:01:37
3 LOPEZ (CHL) KTM 31:00:45 00:13:41
4 JAKES (SVK) KTM 31:05:25 00:18:21
5 BOTTURI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 31:11:29 00:24:25 00:15:00
6 RODRIGUES (PRT) HONDA 31:21:23 00:34:19 00:15:00
7 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 31:26:26 00:39:22
8 PEDRERO (ESP) KTM 31:27:22 00:40:18
9 PAIN (FRA) YAMAHA 31:34:06 00:47:02
10 PIZZOLITO (ARG) HONDA 31:40:12 00:53:08

Tomorrow’s Stage 11 is 300 miles long in total running from La Rioja to Fiambala.  Of that total distance 163 miles will be in transit and 137 miles will be timed.

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