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Team Gas Gas recharges their energy on the rest day in preparation for the second half of the Dakar Rally

Saturday, was a deserve rest day in the Dakar Rally for two wheeled riders. Gerard Farrés and the Gas Gas Pont Grup Seguro Dakar competition team, took advantage of this day to relax and tune the EC 450 Raid. And to prepare for his crucial second half of the rally with the aim of reaching Buenos Aires and finishing the 2015 Dakar Argentina-Bolivia-Chile

A day off for riders but hustle and bustle under the tents of the Dakar team on a day in which the mechanics go over the bikes to the smallest detail after an initial week of the rally whose difficulties have already caused several dropouts.

Gerard Farrés has taken the day off to recuperate his strength after the first part of a complicated rally, both for himself and for his team, but they have managed to get very positive results and conclusions for the future development of the new Gas Gas EC 450 Raid. Yesterday, before arriving at Iquique, the Gas Gas rider completed a solid performance, with a 42nd position that allowed him to climb positions in the general classification, in which he is currently ranked 68th.

Ahead for the motorcycle riders is still a second week of competition, which on paper, promises to be hard and exhausting. Because soon after starting Sunday morning from Iquique they will face the first of the two marathon stages of the rally. In the Sunday night bivouac of Uyuni, in Bolivia, participants in the bike category may not receive help from their trucks or mechanics, who will remain parked at Iquique. There are two stages, one of 717 kilometers and another of 805 kilometers without being reunited with their mechanics until they return to Iquique after a total of more than 1,500 kilometers, which is a challenge to the reliability of the machines.

Joan Font (team manager of the Gas Gas Pont Grup Seguros Dakar Team): "This has been a difficult first week of the Dakar Rally for our team. We left the start in Buenos Aires without all of our homework done and we have had to overcome adversity but we have emerged. Anyway, we are drawing very good conclusions in order to have a future with a competitive bike, because we started with a completely new bike, with a solid base. We just have to keep working hard and go step by step, our main objective is to bring the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid to Buenos Aires. Unfortunately for us, in the second stage we lost Dani Oliveras because of a fall in which the metacarpal of the right hand is hurt. We want to give him much encouragement and wish him a speedy recovery, and we also want to take this opportunity to thank Gerard Farrés for the excellent work and professionalism that he is showing despite the setbacks we are facing every day. I think the team is doing a great job and now we try to complete it, coming home to Buenos Aires."

Gerard Farrés: "We started this Dakar with a brand new bike that has changed considerably compared to last year, and logically, we knew we would have setbacks that would arise that we must accept. In a new bike there are always problems with small details, but the important thing is to overcome them and solve them. And that's what we're doing. We are learning a lot of things to have a stronger bike for the next Dakar, because this is not a project for a year, but longer. We wanted to try this bike and what we are doing, and I'm sure that will get the bike ready for the next one. It may be true that we sacrifice an edition, but we had just enough time to do it and I am clear that we now have a smaller, lighter bike, and much easier to ride. With a powerful engine and a good top speed of over 160 km/h and good torque that makes it climb well in the dunes. I guess over these seven days things happen to us, but that's the best information we can get for us to improve. This bike has made a big and positive change, now we only need to finish polishing small details that have made us lose some time in the race."

Provisional classification

1. Joan Barreda, 17:51:05 
2. Marc Coma, +0:12:27 
3. Paulo Gonçalves, +0:17:12
68. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), +8:53:09


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