Congratulations to Simon Pavey for finishing the 2013 Dakar Rally!
Francisco López was the fastest rider on today’s course, beating Ruben Faria by 29′, Joan Barreda by 37′, Hélder Rodrigues by 53′ and Juan Pedrero García by 1’25′. Nevertheless, the penalties handed down to Chaleco and Juan Pedrero García for changing their engines yesterday offer the stage win on a platter to Ruben Faria.
For these independent riders to compete and complete at all is miraculous. The professionals have the back ups, the trucks, the teams and all the support they need provided. Which is why, in the video from Day Three, Johnny Campbell is relaxing in the shadow of his bike, simply awaiting the cavalry to come and save him. Not so for the independents.
Congratulations again to Simon and also to Don for giving it his best shot. We have to find out where the lousy truck that hit him placed!!