San Juan crowned the winners of desafio ruta 40
Issy-les-Moulineaux, 23rd June, 2013
With an open result in all categories, the Desafío completed this morning the last 136,06 timed kilometers of the competition for a stage that was dramatic from the beginning to the end. Helder Rodrigues' fall, Caselli's victory towards the end of the competition, and the Roma and Terranova Mini's fight were some of the most outstanding facts that were part of the exciting edition.
In the afternoon, the protagonists managed to complete the competition greeted the crowd of fans that got to the finish ramp located in 25 de Mayo square of San Juan's capital. The ceremony counted on the presence of the Governor of the Province of San Juan, Engineer José Luis Gioja, the vice governor of San Juan, Sergio Uñac, and the Minister of Tourism and Culture of the province, Dante Elizondo.
José Torres, Director of Tourism of the Province and the General Coordinator General of Desafío Ruta 40, David Eli were present.2013 edition of Desafío Ruta 40 started last June 16th in the Province of Jujuy and it counted on six stages which visited the cities of San Miguel de Tucumán, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Belén, and Chilecito, before getting to San Juan. The event was part of the Dakar Series calendar and grants points for the FIM World Championship of Cross Country Rally and the Argentine Championship of Cross Country Rally.
Bikes: Caselli is the winner of Ruta 40
Kurt Caselli (KTM 450 Rally Replica) is now the winner of 2013 Desafío Ruta 40 in the Bikes category. The American driver clinched his first victory and he was seconded by Francisco “Chaleco” López (KTM 450 Rally Replica). Three times winner of Dakar, Marc Coma (KTM 450 Rally Replica). A podium dominated by the three official KTMs.
The American driver has already surprised everybody during last Dakar after winning two stages. He has now achieved a significant victory based on his even and fast driving. Caselli went from small to big during the race, but he was always among top leaders. This morning he started a little bit more than a minute away from López, leader of the Overall Standings after Stage 5 but he shortened the gap and he could get a good difference by the end.
A technical driving rather than a fast one favored the KTM Nº 6 competitor who established a split time of 1:31.17 to race 136,06 kilometers of the last stage. He won over López by 1.18 and Goncalves by 2.39.
Helder Rodrígues (Honda CRF450) had no luck. He started the day almost a second behind “Chaleco” in the Overall Standings. However, when he was running the first kilometres of the stage, he fell off the bike and was forced and he had to retire. The Portuguese competitor hit his hip really hard but his overall state is good. His teammate, Pizzolito (Honda CRF450) managed to get the fourth stage and he finished 7.18 from the winner.
This way, Overall Standings ended with Casellin on top with a time of 18:10.20, followed by López, 43 seconds, and Coma 10.53. Pizzolito and David Casteu (Yamaha YZF 450) completed the first five.
Quads: Bonetto clinched his third Desafío
Lucas Bonetto (Honda TRX700 XX) met the expectations and clinched his third victory in a row in Desafío Ruta 40 in the Quads category after winning the 2013 edition from the beginning to the end. Sebastián Halpern (Yamaha Raptor) and Rafal Sonik (Yamaha Raptor) completed the podium.
The driver from Tierra del Fuego went for the first victory from the very first stage and was the protagonist of a close fight with Gastón González (Yamaha Raptor) during the first three days. However, the competitor from Córdoba got delayed in the fourth stage and that allowed Bonetto to do a quieter race and to administer the advantage that separated him from the rest of the rivals.
This morning, the driver who is 22 years old, kept his strategy this morning and got his fourth partial victory in this Desafío when he set up a time of 1:56.26. Second place was for González who showed once more that he was ready to fight for the lead if it hadn't been for the problems he had with his Yamaha during the fourth stage. Third position is in the hands of Luciano Gagliardi (Yamaha Raptor).
In the Overall Standings, Bonetto set up a time of 21:31.45 and got an advantage of 45.39 seconds over Halpern. The Polish competitor Rafal Sonik (Yamaha Raptor) got the third podium position after finishing 52.35 away from the winner.
Among 4x quads, Daniel Mazzuco (Can Am Renegade 800) clinched his third consecutive victory in Desafío Ruta 40. The competitor from Córdoba showed himself as a solid leader all along the race and achieved a victory over Julio Estanguet (Can Am Renegade 800) and Marcos Prina (Can Am Renegade 800).
López and Sonik the best ones in the FIM World Championship
Francisco “Chaleco” López (KTM 450 Rally Replica) got the victory of the fourth round of the World Championship of Cross Country Rally that is organizad by the International Federation of Motorcycle. Rafal Sonik (Yamaha Raptor) was crowned in the Quad category.
In spite of loosing the lead of the Overall Standings of Desafío Ruta 40 in the last competitive kilometres, López had a reason to celebrate since clinched his first victory in a world event during the 2013 season.
The Chilean competitor won the sixth stage and he consolidated the lead. He set up a finish time of 18:11.03 with an advantage over his teammate Marc Coma (KTM Rally Replica) by 10.10. The third position was for the French David Casteu (Yamaha YZF450) 14.58. Paulo Goncalves (Speedbrain 450 Rally) got the fourth place and Claudio Rodriguez (Honda CRF 450) arrived fifth.
Coma is still leading the championship with 77 points, second is Goncalves with 64. “Chaleco” is now third, after his victory he reached 33 points.
In Quads, Sonik did not find major inconvenients to overcome Pablo Copetti (Yamaha Raptor). The Polish competitor finished six stages with a time of 22:24.20, almost two hours ahead the Argentine competitor. The last podium position was for Emiliano Fuenzalida (Yamaha Raptor).
Sonik, who clinches his third victory in a row this season, scored 75 points, 27 more points than his escort Mohammed Abu Isssa. Third is Copetti, 47 points.
Roma got the victory among cars Joan “Nani” Roma was the winner of Desafío Ruta 40 in the cars after the special battle that was led by two the Mini All4 Racing. The Spanish driver overcame the Argentine driver Orlando Terranova. The Bolivian driver Marco Bulacia (Toyota FJ Crusier) conquered a well-deserved third position in the Overall Standings.
As it was foreseen, the fight for the lead in this category was centered on the two Mini All4 Racing from the very beginning of the competition. The pace between Roma and Terranova was even in each of the stages. The 15-minute penalization that the Argentine driver got because he missed a waypoint the third day of the competition placed them with a differences that ended up being conclusive.
The leaders got to the last day of the competition with a difference of more than six minutes and Terranova was willing to revert the result and he was looking for his vehicle's limit in a very technical and complex stage. The effort of the Branca Mini All4 Racing Team driver was valuable to get to the second partial victory when he set up a time of 1:35.43. However, he could barely discount 4.31 from Roma, and that is why the Catalan kept the top position in the Overall Standings. The third position of the stage was for Juan Manuel Silva whose performance was outstanding after a frustrating Friday when he could not race because of a gear box problem in his Colcar vehicle.
The absolute winner was Roma who got the top position with 19:50.50, esconded by Terranova, 2.05. Third was Bulacia 6:08.24 away and Alejandro Yacopini (Toyota SW4) and José González (Toyota Hilux) completed the top five Overall.
A dream comes true for Challenge winners
Alberto Ontiveros (Beta 450RR), Jeremías González Ferioli (Yamaha Raptor) and Sebastián Guayasamín (Toyota Fortuner) were the Dakar Challenge winners and will get two tickets to next Dakar 2014. Bikes and Quads winners will split the cost of one of the entries and the car's winner will get a full entry for the toughest race of the planet.
In Bikes, Ontiveros showed himself as the referent of the Challenge. After running the second half he improved, and from there he got better stage after stage and made no mistakes. Finally, the driver got to the 16th position in the Overall Standings with a total time of 22:27.49, with a penalization of one minute. This clearly shows he did a neat job all week long.
Jeremías González Ferioli, who is only 18 years old, showed why he is considered one of the promises of this specialty. He got an indisputable victory in the Challenge when escalating to the sixth position in the Overall.
Guayasamín won the duel over José Luis Locascio (Toyota Hilux). Now he is thinking about his next Dakar 2014 participation. The competitor from Ecuador, who was experienced in quads, competed for the first time on board a car and managed to be sixth in the Overall Standings.