Robby Gordon crashed and Carlos Sainz got lost as Nasser Al-Attiyah edged his buggy closer to the leading Mini today. Husqvarna and Yamaha both won big in Bikes, while the Trucks lead finally shuffles.
In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.
Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.
Dry grass branches collected in the engine protection and caught fire near the hot exhaust during the extreme riding conditions in the deep sand.
Cyril Despres dominates for overall Bike lead, but Joan Barreda takes his 4th stage win. Orlando Terranova celebrated as first Argentinean to lead a Dakar stage in the Car classification!
Spain's Joan Barreda took his third victory in the 2014 edition, beating overall leader Marc Coma by 4′03″ at the end of a historic stage that took the Dakar to its 28th country
Although the team ultimately couldn´t quite meet the expectations, the squad can be very satisfied with the result.
Twelfth podium place for protagonist Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain as Dakar finishes.
The team consisting of sixteen members from nine nationalities.
Joan Barreda and his machine are in perfect shape and he is eager to attack the overall leader during the second week.
Barreda makes it two, but "Peter" makes it sixty!
Joan Barreda shone again with a flawless navigation.
On Chile’s Arica desert, the Husqvarna team riders had success except for the early Bike leader Joan Barreda had an engine change with a penalty.
Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain had two riders in the top at the end of the 13th special today. Paulo Goncalves was third and Joan Barreda placed fifth in the penultimate Dakar stage.
Dakar 2013, 6th Stage – Arica – Calama was a 764 km stage (477 miles) including 454 km special test. Alessandro Botturi really pushed his Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain hard finishing just behind the leaders in fifth place.
The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain riders are taking a well deserved rest in their hotel after running eight stages, and some 4000 km.
Casteu takes over, it's sink or swim for the cars.