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Stage 12: Marc Guasch is poised to enter the top 25 despite a hard crash

It was a fright and he suffered from some bruising, but Marc Guasch was able to complete the twelfth stage between Copiapó and Fiambalá, on a day marked by fields of variable sized stones, sand whoops and dunes. The Gas Gas rider has had a major accident when he hit a rock hidden on the course at km 25 as he was riding near a river at a speed of about 120 km/h (75mph). Following the accident, Marc is without the front portion of the bike and without the Iritrack system, with which one sets the pace for the waypoints. Despite this setback in which he has lost several minutes, he was able to continue and even overcome many positions in the 319 km consisting of the special test. The man behind the development of the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid, has finished in the 46th position to retain the 26th position overall and has options to enter the top 25.

Changes in altitude and length of the links were tiring, but nothing could stop Laia. The highest ranked rider of the Gas Gas Dakar Team has excelled again. With the great performance that was proven yesterday, today she has been out with the front group. The Gas Gas off-road multi-champion was again flawless in navigation and has cruised into the bivouac in the 33rd position.. This year she will not improve the position obtained in the last edition, but Laia is showing that with the new bike which is lighter and narrower, and based on the World Championship Enduro chassis, she is even faster and more consistent . Laia Sanz is ranked 96th overall but is now just two days away from being, for the third consecutive time, champion in females.

The two have become. be comrades at all times, and for Miguel Puertas proving the reliability that characterizes him. The aim of Miguel Puertas also will be met in a few days: To finish his eighth Dakar and the first with an official team and bike. The pilot from Granada arrived in 86th place.


1. Joan Barreda                      4h:43' 14"
2. Ruben Faria                           +01'38"
3. Joan Barreda                         +03'01"
4. Alain Duclos                          +03'17"
5. Helder Rodrigues                   +03'35"
33. LAIA SANZ                          +30'06"
46. MARC GUASCH                  +50'36"
86. MIGUEL PUERTAS             +1h32'02"


1. Cyril Despres                       37h:46'59"
2. Ruben Faria                             +05'39"
3. Francisco "Chaleco" López       +13'40"
4. Ivan Jakes                                +20'16"            
5. Joan Pedrero                           +41'14"
26. MARC GUASCH                     +02h29'24"
96. LAIA SANZ                            +17h39'44"
103. MIGUEL PUERTAS              +26h25'57"


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