Speedbrain continues to dig out of a hole on stage 5.
The Dakar has definitely moved up a gear in the last two days. Wednesday´s long and hilly special stage - part two of the first marathon stage - led through more difficult terrain. The start in the morning was delayed, then it became essential to remain concentrated and to nurse the bike and tyres over the distance.
The Speedbrain customer race team had its best day in the Dakar so far. Jeremias Israel Esquerre powered his Speedbrain 450 Rally bike in blazing speed through the field. On a day when navigation was once again criticial, the Chilean leapfrogged to eighth place in the overall standings. Isreal Esquerre finished the day in fourth. Juan Carlos Salvatierra also was on top of his game. The Bolivian improved to 23rd in the standings. Additionally, Pedro Oliviera und Paolo Ceci made up places.
"The last two days were very critical in terms of navigation. I felt confident already yesterday morning and step by step I found my rhythm. I moved forward and could salavage my tyres. Two small falls, but no damages. Once it became obvious that I was doing that well, I really excelled. Today´s result gives me a huge motivation. Here´s a big thanks to my team, the bike runs perfectly and has been perfectly prepared."
Boy Olieslagers, Technical Manager:
"It´s a major testimonial if you look at how well the bike coped with the extreme demands of the last two days, no real service and such. We did everything on the technical side to have the bikes run that flawlessly. All four riders reached the finish convincingly, that´s a great reward for the hard work."