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Dakar Stage 6: Michael Guy's latest blog

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 13:24

Check out Michael Guy's latest report from stage 6 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, recorded from an army Huey helicopter while overflying the stage! Michael also caught up with some of the Brit stars of the race while they refueled between the liason stage and the start of the day's timed Special Stage.  

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Stage 6: Brits continue to battle their way through longest day of Dakar

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 09:02

Today’s 4.30am start was made even worse after the Dakar switched time zones from Peru to Chile which meant that everyone in the Bivouac lost two hours sleep. The sleep depravation was compounded by the fact that stage six was the longest day of the Dakar so far with a monster 455km timed special which was split into two, with ...

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Dakar Stage 6: Lopez wins again as Despres ups the pace, Pain leads overall

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 08:58

Local hero Francisco Lopez rewarded the thousands of Chilean fans that turned out to support him by securing his third stage win of the 2013 Dakar. The Copec KTM rider won the demanding 455km timed special by a significant 2m34s, a result that moves him back into contention in the overalls standings having suffered navigational problems earlier in the race. ...

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Dakar Stage 5: Mixed fortune for the Brits – Forman flying, Bounds injured

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 16:51

The 136KM timed special on stage five of the 2013 Dakar may have been short, but it proved to be seriously eventful for the UK’s riders. At the front of the field Welshman Tim Forman excelled on the technical stage to secure a brilliant 31st position at the end of the stage. The 34 year old cited the stage as ...

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Dakar Stage 5: Veteran Casteau secures stage win, Despres solid, Barreda in trouble

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 16:48

Frenchman David Casteau secured his first Dakar stage win since 2010 to close in on compatriot Olivier Pain at the top of the overall standings. Casteau is a vastly experienced Dakar veteran renowned for his excellent navigational skills and he pulled all his skills together to win the short 136KM timed special. It was another impressive day for Yamaha Racing ...

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Dakar Stage 4 – Mixed fortune for Brits in tough 720KM day

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 02:33

Stage four of the 2013 Dakar threw up some of the biggest challenges of the race so far with the riders having to race through the timed 290KM special before completing a massive 430KM liaison stage. The honour of lead Brit went to Dakar rookie Tim Forman who excelled on the varied terrain to secure his best stage finish in ...

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Stage 4: Barreda wins, Despres furious

Michael Guy, 08 January 2013 19:20

Cyril Despres has hit out at his rivals for their tactics during the fourth stage on day fours testing 290km special. The four time Dakar champion aimed some telling words towards a number of riders who benefited from his navigational skills meaning that while he was focussed on the road book  they had the opportunity to ride flat out and ...

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Dakar Stage 3: Lopez bounces back to take stage win, Despres secures overall lead

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:29

Francisco Lopez bounced back after his disastrous day two to win stage three today which saw the Dakar leave Pisco and arrive in Nazca. The Chilean rider had the advantage of starting a long way behind his main rivals on the road giving him riders to chase through the technical sand and dune stage. Second on the stage was Speedbrain ...

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Dakar Stage 3: Watt leads the way with six remaining Brits all in top 100

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:29

Irishman Stan Watt secured another strong result on stage three of the Dakar to finish 37th fastest at the end of the timed 242KM special. The KTM rider now sits 37th overall in the standings and is satisfied with his progress at this early stage of the race knowing that his overall position can improve significamtly if he can maintain ...

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Dakar Stage 2: Barreda wins stage as all the top men get lost

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:18

Husqvarna man Joan Barreda Bort secured a convincing victory in stage two of the Dakar to o the overall lead of the race. The 29 year old Spaniard showed his sheer pace to win by 3m 16s despite making a number of navigational errors. Barreda wasn’t the only rider to have navigational difficulties, almost all the top men made the ...

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