The Trial multi champion has completed the first stage in 80 th position, taking the necessary precautions in the early stages of Dakar.
Her goal is to renew the victory of the last year in females and improve the 39 th overall.
Marc Guasch has been classified into 41 th position.
Laia Sanz and Marc Guasch have premiered at the controls of the Gas Gas 450 in the Dakar 2012 getting the 80 th and 41 th position, 10'23 "and 5'57" behind the winner, respectively.
Catalan duo run with caution in the first stage, that has occurred between the Argentine town of Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa, with 763 km of connection and 57 km of the special, knowing that in the opening compasses of the race they must maintain a conservative approach.
"Today was a day with too much to lose and little to gain, so I took it in stride. The special was very short and very dangerous, dusty, some traps and a very fast track. The ground was usually quite hard but suddenly changed to soft, so it was easy falling. These days you have to stay focused and not look at the classifications. The important thing is to pass the stages and make no mistakes, "said Laia Sanz.
For the multi champion and current winner of the Dakar in females, this is her second participation. Its aim will be validate the success of last year and improve the 39 th position in the classification in motorbikes.
For his part, Marc Guasch, acting in the official team Gas Gas as a backpacker of Laia, has run a slightly higher rate, but maintains the caution all the time. "It was a stage of processing. After four days stopped, people wanted to give gas, but that is precisely one of the most common mistakes committed in the first days, because you can easily endanger the rest of the race. The Dakar has just begun and there are many kilometres every day to reach the goal", he says.