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Gerard Farrés passes a new test of fire in the Atacama

On Thursday, the Gas Gas rider completed an awkward stage of 'fesh fesh' and stones in the heart of the Atacama Desert, the penultimate hurdle before reaching Antofagasta. For the two wheeled riders, on Friday, the Dakar Argentina-Bolivia-Chile arrives at the resting stage at Iquique
On Thursday Gerard Farrés successfully completed one of the most indigestible parts of the rally for the two wheeled riders because of fesh fesh and stones. The Gas Gas rider begins to turn his back on the problems of the past days and sets a good pace in the Atacama desert, arriving at the bivouac in Antofagasta.

The drivers of motorcycles, cars and trucks shared the same route for the first time in this edition of theDakar. With a route marked by rapid speeds with and rocky tracks, and the dreaded fesh fesh. For those on two-wheels, this stage demanded an extra dose of caution on the way to the gates of the penultimate stage before reaching Iquique, in which they will enjoy a much deserved rest day.

Farrés ends this fifth stage of 697 kilometers with the 'queen of the Rally' special consisting of 458competitive kilometers, classified in 89th position, two hours behind the best time of the day. The Gas Gas rider is ranked 77th overall in the Dakar Argentina-Bolivia-Chile about to cross into Ecuador in this race of the 'motards'.

Additionally, Dani Oliveras arrived this morning at El Prat airport in Barcelona, after being forced toprematurely leave the rally because of a fall in the second stage. The Gas Gas rider will have surgery next Tuesday at the Teknon clinic for this fracture of the fourth metatarsal in his right hand. He will need three weeks of recovery before returning to training.

Finally, the riders will face a sixth stage of 688 kilometers in this Dakar, taking a route between Antofagastaand Iquique, with 319 of these kilometers timed. The rally continued drawing a path that climbs up the Pacific coast through a tour of dunes, enduro and differing terrain for motorcycles, which unlike previous editions will not finish with the descent of the famous great Iquique dune, but ending in the same location.

Gerard Farrés: "These last two days have been pretty hard for us, but now we entered Chile and the Atacama Desert. Yesterday, we crossed the Andes I came upon two crashes of two riders who had collided with two horses and many people had problems with lack of oxygen, so you have to pay attention at all times. Today, my team and I have continued to overcome small goals in this particular lengthy special. Our maingoal is always to bring the bike to the end of each stage and the Dakar. The terrain was very complicated and I had to be very alert with fesh fesh, because you never know what lurks beneath it. I think we've found the solution to the problems we have experienced over these days, so hopefully tomorrow we have a little more luck and we will complete a good stage."

Dani Oliveras: "Today, I just landed, and I visited Doctor Antoni Fraguas at the Teknon clinic in Barcelona, the one who also operated on my shoulder last year and I have great confidence in him. I have been given a plaster cast on my hand and next Tuesday I will go through the operating room for surgery of the fourth metatarsal in my right hand, as I had mentioned, I will need a plate and screws, but in three weeks and I will be recovered enough to start training as I have said."

Stage 5, Thursday (697 km): Copiapó-Antofagasta

1. Marc Coma, 4:38:16 
2. Joan Barreda Bort, +0:02:16 
3. Pablo Quintanilla, +0:02:40
89. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), +2:37:08

General classification

1. Joan Barreda Bort, 17:51:05 
2. Marc Coma, +0:10:33 
3. Paulo Gonçalves, +0:22:50
77. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), +8:10:47


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