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Guasch and Oliveras receive 'doctorates' in the Queen stage of Dakar

16/01/2014
The Gas Gas Team meets and exceeds the 605 kilometers special disputed between Antofagasta and El Salvador. Guasch and Oliveras finish 31st and 33rd respectively in the Atacama Desert. An excellent result means that they are granted passports to Valparaiso.
A key day has passed. A priority, the 11th day was marked in the program of the Dakar rally. And so it has been. A special ran with no neutral stretch, in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

"I'm very tired. It has become very long," confessed Marc Guasch at the bivouac. The rider from La Garriga described the start of the queen stage, with a first stretch of hard dirt roads, "with lots and lots of sand whoops and stones", typical of the mining region of Antofagasta. "We were above the ranges and then we had to go down and we had to be careful." Guasch highlights the fact that there were delayed starting positions because "there are really two races where dust was like powder and very different. With the dust, if the drivers try to pass, you risk a fall."

The member of Team Gas Gas - with physical problems dragging him down - insisted on merit to overcome the suffocating dunes of Copiapo. "It was hard to pass the kilometers and I'm happy to have finished. This means that we are well, but the rib pain persists." Against that backdrop, Marc Guasch values the handling of the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid. "The bike was perfect. I thank the mechanics. There are only two days to get to Valparaiso ", he exclaimed.

Oliveras, partner of Guasch
Dani Oliveras shares the same feelings after "a very long and difficult stage," which ended with the rider from Girona "very happy, because I have committed no errors." Satisfaction and strength of the team effort since "at km 50 I have re-connected with Marc and we've been together almost the entire stage. It was very entertaining and fun."

Like everyone, Oliveras counts down the remaining days of the rally, but is aware that it is a last ditch effort. "Tomorrow touches 350km long, only half of what today is but it will be harder. Now it's rest and tomorrow we will charge" says the rookie.

Another day overtaken by Team Gas Gas, after gnawing at the bone of the desert. Tomorrow, a new harder challenge. El Salvador - La Serena. More dunes on the penultimate stage of the 2014 Dakar promises thrills.

MARC GUASCH, rider Gas Gas, #27
"I'm very tired. A long stage over 600 km of special. It has been ​​very long, with an onset of fast tracks, sand whoops, lots of stones. We were above the ranges and then it went down and therefore we had to be very careful. There are really two races where dust was like powder and very different. With the dust, if the drivers try to pass, you risk a fall. I've been doing all of the special, hard to pass the miles and get to the goal of 604 km., I'm happy to have finished. This means that we are well, but the pain in my rib has persisted. The bike was perfect. I give thanks to the mechanics, with all the problems I had at the beginning. There are only two days to get to Valparaiso."

DANI OLIVERAS, rider Gas Gas, #45
"A very long and hard stage. I'm Very happy because I have not committed any errors. At km 50 I have re-connected with Marc and we've been together almost the entire stage. It was very entertaining and fun. I'm happy because only two days left. Tomorrow touches 350km long, only half of what today is but it will be harder. Now it's rest and tomorrow we will charge."

STAGE CLASSIFICATION
1. Marc Coma              6h36’08”
2. Cyril Despres          +02’51”
3. Olivier Pain              +05’28”                    
4. Jordi Viladoms        +05’53”
5. Joan Barreda          +08’12”

31. Marc Guasch      (Gas Gas)    +1h19’12” 
33. Dani Oliveras      (Gas Gas)    +1h20’25”
55. Miguel Puertas (Gas Gas)       +2h28’15”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Marc Coma                     48h24’41”
2. Joan Barreda                  +52’36”
3. Jordi Viladoms               +2h07’56”
4. Olivier Pain                      +2h21’40”
5. Helder Rodrigues          +2h30’35”

26. Marc Guasch   (Gas Gas)       +10h00’14”  
34. Dani Oliveras  (Gas Gas)        +13h49’14”
62. Miguel Puertas (Gas Gas)       +33h21’47”

Friday, January 17th
Stage 12: El Salvador – La Serena
Link: 349 km Special: 350 km Total: 699 km
The site is chosen for its height, El Salvador, clearly dominates the usual location of the bivouac of Copiapo. This position avoids the threat of low fog, and the morning mist that sometimes disturbs beginning of this stage. The dunes continue to form part of the game, especially in a wide band they must cross at the end of the special. And he who says dunes, also says a risk. The leaders positions may be in jeopardy.


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