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Gas Gas overcomes the challenges of the toughest rally in the world.

18/01/2014
The riders of the Spanish brand have completed the Dakar after a 8,734 kilometer adventure. Guasch, Oliveras and Puertas conquer the heat, dunes, sand whoops and Bolivian high altitude and reached the goal of Valparaíso.
Far away is the city of Rosario Argentina, the starting point of this race. Thirteen battles. Thirteen tough and exhausting days that the Gas Gas team has dispatched in an excellent manner. Overall, three riders have placed the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid on the finish-line of Valparaiso. They could have been four, after the great performances of Gerard Farrés, who had to leave just when he was running near the front. In fact, the man from Manresa scored a historic seventh place on the third day, the best result for the Spanish brand in a Dakar. Came has even placed in 12th place overall after some dropouts early in the race.

After his abandonment, the fans followed Marc Guasch who today attended the Valparaiso tribute to all who have suffered so much to be in the Chilean city. "The important thing was to get fully to the end of a long, tough Dakar, with only a few hours of sleep, fatigue and high altitude in Bolivia," summed up the rider from La Garriga who has again demonstrated that his mind is above the physical. Suffering in the last days of a blow to the ribs, the rider proved his consistency and competitiveness.

Guasch comes home improving the outcome over last year where he finished twenty-seventh. "A 25th place in the Dakar is not bad, especially with the mechanical problems I had in the first five days, which made me lose a lot of time in the timed specials." That is why Guasch especially appreciates the work that has been done during the rally and is "very pleased and grateful to Gas Gas for me to be one more year on the team."

The dream debut 
The enthusiasm and talent of Dani Oliveras have outweighed his inexperience in the race. The rider from Girona has closed his debut at the controls of the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid with a more than satisfactory 23rd place on the final stage disputed between Valparaiso and La Serena. A stage for Oliveras that "was short but very fun. The only downside was the dust, however, this affected everyone. I tried to push a bit without risking too much." The 'rookie' has earned a veteran's clothing after completing the final 157 km of special and finishing thirty-fifth overall on a motorcycle. "I'm very happy because it's not easy to get here and do it without virtually any trouble or falls. I really appreciate it," he excitedly said. "The important thing was to get to Valparaiso and the truth is that it has been a brutal experience, all of this Dakar."

Dani Oliveras carries nonconformity than the usual champions and he thinks about how to improve. "I will study the small details to be more polished for next year. So we need to work for the next Dakar." The young rider thanks "all the Gas Gas team, the sponsors and everyone who has made it possible for me to participate in this rally." To have new opportunities.

A special mention to the consistency of Miguel Puertas. The rider from Granada was striving for his ninth consecutive Dakar finish - the first Spanish rider to get it - and he has succeeded. Puertas prefers a hard rally and, like everyone, has had a ration he will not forget.

The Dakar closure elapsed after a special made up of hard ground with cactus drawn parallel to the Pacific Ocean. That bouncing landscape is the course disputed between Argentina, Chile and Bolivia in this edition. It's time for a toast but no one will relax. More work for next year, and the riders of Team Gas Gas, will be thinking about the 2015 Dakar.

MARC GUASCH, rider Gas Gas, #27
"We are in Valparaíso. The stage had very slippery trails. I had wanted to win this special of 157 km. With a very long link. The summary is that a 25th place in the Dakar is not bad, especially with the mechanical problems I had in the first five days, which made me lose a lot of time in the timed specials.The important thing was to get fully to the end of a long, tough Dakar, with only a few hours of sleep, fatigue and high altitude in Bolivia, therefore very pleased and grateful to Gas Gas for me to be one more year on the team. Very happy to be in Valparaíso."

DANI OLIVERAS, rider Gas Gas, #45
"I'm very happy because it's not easy to get here and do it without virtually any trouble or falls, I really appreciate it. The stage was short but very fun. The only downside was the dust, however, this affected everyone. I have done quite well, I tried to push a bit without risking too much. The important thing was to get to Valparaiso and the truth is that it has been a brutal experience, all of this Dakar. I will study the small details to be more polished for next year. But the goal was to finish and learn the most. So we need to work for the next Dakar. Of course, I would like to thank all the Gas Gas team, the sponsors and everyone who has made it possible for me to participate in this rally."

STAGE CLASSIFICATION
1. Joan Barreda              1h59’44”
2. Olivier Pain                 +00’40”
3. Helder Rodrigues        +01’23”             
4. Joan Pedrero              +01’35”
5. Cyril Despres              +02’30”

23. Dani Oliveras      (Gas Gas)    +12’45” 
28. Marc Guasch      (Gas Gas)    +14’04” 
74. Miguel Puertas   (Gas Gas)           +49’00”


GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Marc Coma             54h50’53”  
2. Jordi Viladoms        +1h52’27”
3. Olivier Pain             +2h00’03”
4. Cyril Despres         +2h05’38”
5. Helder Rodrigues    +2h11’09”

25. Marc Guasch   (Gas Gas)       +10h46’19”  
36. Dani Oliveras  (Gas Gas)        +14h44’21”
59. Flavio Del Zotto (Gas Gas)   +26h06'18"
70. Miguel Puertas (Gas Gas)   +36h36’04” 
72. David Batalla   (Gas Gas)    +36h53'39"

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