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Stage 14: Third successive victory in women’s for Laia Sanz and the Gas Gas Dakar Team

19/01/2013
STAGE 14. LA SERENA - SANTIAGO DE CHILE
All three riders finish the Dakar Rally and give high marks for the Gas Gas EC450 Raid in its debut.

After completing the 126 km of the last stage and reaching the capital of Chile, it has happened again. Laia Sanz (92nd) has managed her third consecutive Dakar victory and the only woman to do so, being crowned the winner in the female category.

Laia's success is also that of the entire Gas Gas Dakar Team, as the three rider/participants and the new Gas Gas EC 450 Raid have managed to master the world's toughest racing challenge. Marc Guasch, who last year had a serious accident and had to retire - and Miguel Puertas, who made his debut with the mark as the official backpacker, have completed a perfect debut of this model, created in the factory in Salt, (Girona).

With Gas Gas, Laia Sanz has won in the last four months, her twelfth trial world championship, her first Enduro World Championship and Dakar in the female category. The multi-champion has shown perseverance, talent and a winning mentality in the world toughest race in which she debuted in 2011. The Gas Gas rider reached the rest-day in her best finishing position (13th) and was in 29th place overall, despite a couple of falls that bruised her hands. But midway through the ninth stage she had to be towed by her backpacker Miguel Puertas for over 300 km and arrived at 05:00 in the morning in a memorable feat. With a new engine and only an hour and a half of rest she also faced a long next stage of 600 km. Laia and Miguel made a perfect and heroic tandem Gas Gas team and never gave up the reigns of Dakar to finish her third of three and Miguel (114th) to finish his eighth straight.

Marc Guasch (27th) also met his primary objective and everything he worked for all year has been fulfilled: Finish the Dakar. During this adventure, Marc at all times has pampered the mechanics of his bike and even tried different settings to further enhance the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid. With conservative tactics based upon constancy, the Gas Gas rider has made it into the top 30 and being the third best Spanish participant, including a big comeback after suffering a hard fall in the penultimate stage that left him 'touched'.

In the end, each and every member of the Gas Gas team have lived with a passion to complete the nearly 8,500 km of an especially hard Dakar . These successes in the world’s toughest rally/raid joins those harvested by Gas Gas in the sports of trial and enduro.


CLASSIFICATION STAGE 14

1. Francisco "Chaleco" López       1h:42'37"
2. Ruben Faria                           +00'29"
3. Joan Barreda                         +00'37"
4. Helder Rodrigues                    +00'53"
5. Joan Pedrero                         +01'25"
...
29. MARC GUASCH                  +10'03"
56. LAIA SANZ                          +18'17"
80. MIGUEL PUERTAS             +22'32"


CLASSIFICATION FINAL

1. Cyril Despres                       43h:24'22"                          
2. Ruben Faria                            +10'43"
3. Francisco "Chaleco" López       +18'48"
4. Ivan Jakes                                +23'54"            
5. Joan Pedrero                           +55'29"
...
27. MARC GUASCH                     +05h26'46"
93. LAIA SANZ                            +18h24'37"
114. MIGUEL PUERTAS              +28h14'31"

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