A cautious approach paid off for team leader Gadasin with an 8th place. Vasiliev was had a hard day with two punctures.
The Piso to Nazca stage again good for the Maxxis Super B Team with their 3rd consecutive 2nd place. Only Tim Coronel had problems, but retained a respectable finish.
On his Husqvaran by Speedbrain, Paulo Goncalves claimed the second spot on stage 3 of the Dakar Challenge. Joan Barreda broke a wheel and lost over thirty minutes.
De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz second on stage two of Dakar rally and second overall after the Pisco loop on the first real test of the sand dunes.
The second stage in Dakar again saw Robby Gordon with more troubles; this time finding a way point during the loop around Pisco.
First stage-win for Stéphane Peterhansel how now takes the overall lead. Tough special stage represented a true navigation challenge for the competitors in Peru.
Barreda makes it two, but "Peter" makes it sixty!
Joan Barreda earns stage 2 of the Dakar challenge on his Husqvarna by Speedbrain. Matt Fish comleted the first real test of 2013 in third.
Stage 2 was a loop around Pisco in Peru, and the one where the Dakar 2013 competitors faced the sand dunes! After an 85 km liaison section, the 242 km special was their first test on the sea of sand.
“The show is on a roll!" From Lima to Pisco, the Maxxis Dakar Team Powered by Super B has finished the first day of Dakar 2013.
Vasilliev and Gadasin took it easy so they could find their own tempo for their first time at Dakar.
Peru, Chile, buggies: a burst of freshness to begin with. Stage 1 took the competitors from Lima to Pisco in Peru.