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Guash and Oliveras are in Bolivia between the best 25 riders

12/01/2014
Los pilotos de Gas Gas mantienen su regularidad en una etapa recortada por las condiciones meteorológicas. La carrera llega a tierras bolivianas tras bordear uno de sus parajes más espectaculares: el salar de Uyuni.
The Gas Gas riders keep on their regularity on a shortened stage due to the weather conditions. The race reaches Bolivia's ground after been next of the most beautiful landscapes: Uyuni's salt.

The members of Team Gas Gas enduring this 2014 Dakar on the way to Valparaiso. With a distance of just two minutes in between, Marc Guasch finished today's stage in 22nd while Dani Oliveras crossed the finish line ranked as 23rd, in a further demonstration of the evolution they are imprinting upon the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid in this year's Rally.

After the rest day, the weather conditions have resulted in a new special, cut short for the 2014 Dakar motorcycles. The rains yesterday caused the organization to decided to skirt the Uyuni with a background of an ancient sea that extends for 10,000 square kilometers, located at 3,700 meters in altitude, instead of the route as planned.

To top it off, the morning fog has affected the special because the helicopters could not go to the starting point to ensure the safety of the drivers. Finally, the time trial started from the waypoint 3, at 103 km, just before crossing the border. Finally, the stage has been divided into a first timed section of 130 kilometers and a second section of 161.

Under these conditions, the riders of Team Gas Gas have returned and are aggressive. With the excellent results today, Marc Guasch remains in twenty-seventh place overall. The newcomer Dani Oliveras continuous his meritorious 35th place in the race at this point. "In Chile, there are two very long specials, one of 600 kilometers and a pair of 400. Much remains to Dakar and anything can happen, " said an excited Marc Guasch on the eve of today's stage.

For now, after this second marathon stage, riders arrive in the Andean region of Potosí, in the area of the Salar de Uyuni, one of the great tourist attractions of Bolivia. After passing through Argentina and Bolivia's land, Dakar 2014 reaches Calama, Chile where the protagonists of the rally will be starring.

STAGE CLASSIFICATION
1. Joan Barreda                     3h28’41”
2. Marc Coma                         +04’03”
3. Cyril Despres                     +05’35”
4. Joan Pedrero                      +06’57”
5. Kuba Przygonski                +08’56”

22. Marc Guasch      (Gas Gas)    +21’01”
23. Dani Oliveras      (Gas Gas)   +23’02”
80. Miguel Puertas   (Gas Gas) +1h33’59”


OVERALL STANDINGS
1. Marc Coma                         26h40’44”
2. Joan Barreda                         +38’14”
3. Jordi Viladoms                   +1h16’03”
4. Alain Duclos                       +1h16’35”
5. Israel Esquerre                  +1h39’29”

27. Marc Guasch   (Gas Gas)       +6h32’10”  
35. Dani Oliveras  (Gas Gas)        +7h48’28”
79. Miguel Puertas (Gas Gas)      +25h01’02”

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