The Speedbrain customer race team enjoyed another positive day.
The fifth stage of the recent Rally Dakar will be remembered for a long time. Following the tough marathon stage on Tuesday and Wednesday, another whopping 911 kilometres were scheduled for today. The stage was expected to lead though deep sand, dunes and dry gras, and be another gruelling test of survival for men and machine. But things were about to change early on.
The Speedbrain customer race team nevertheless enjoyed another positive day. All four riders reached the finish line alright. Jeremias Israel Esquerre even led the provisional stage ranking at one point, but was finally listed as 12th on the day.
Speedbrain´s World Cup champ Juan Carlos "Chavo" Salvatierra reached the stage finish in sixth place. He´s now lying inside the top twenty overall. Salvatierra rode a smart and tactical stage, as he found just the right balance to avoid crashes and make up ground. "Chavo" is a well-known figure in his native Bolivia, he´s an ambassador for Unicef and certainly an athlete who his fellow countrymen look up to.
"Chavo" Salvatierra: "It was difficult to navigate today. I was staying concentrated, always looking for the right way. I kept calm and collected and my Speedbrain bike was making it easy. I will brace my energy and want to have a great performance when we enter Bolivia. A big thanks to my team, super job so far."
Friday brings the shortest stage of the rally (464 km). Still, the special stage is another hefty one, offering 400 km of demanding terrain. Saturday is the only rest day of the race.