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Jan 18

Dakar 2013 Stage 13: There’s Still A Lot of Sand

Even in it’s closing stages the Dakar is still testing it’s participants.  Hit the jump to see who struggled and who was triumphant in today’s stage.

Cars:

Robby Gordon Stage 13 Dakar 2013

Photo: Maindru Photo/TOYO Tires

Robby Gordon battled with Guerlain Chicherit for the entire 380km of today’s stage and he managed to capture the top step of the podium with only 22s to spare!  This marks the second win for Gordon who finished over 13 minutes ahead of overall rally leader Stephane Peterhansel.  Peterhansel spent the day catching up on reruns of Real Housewives, updating his friends list on Facebook and rolled across the finish line in 9th place, like the consummate professional that he is.

The overall standings remain the same and are unlikely to change baring near earth asteroid strikes or a surprise zombie apocalypse.

Are there ever really enough pictures of Robby Gordon’s Dakar truck?

Robby Gordon Stage 13 Dakar 2013

Photo: Maindru Photo/TOYO Tires

It’s really not very hard to see why the Speed Energy/MAPEI/TOYO Tires HUMMER is one of the most popular vehicles in the race.  It’s giant, orange, and ridiculous the three key traits for any race truck.

 

Motorcycles:

Francisco Lopez Dakar 2013 Stage 7

Courtesy: Maragni M. KTM Images

“Chaleco” Lopez had the ride of his life in today’s stage.  The Chilean used his home field advantage to finish 5:25 ahead of rally leader Despres, moving Lopez up to 2nd in the overall standings and cutting Despres’s advantage to only 8:15.  Lopez now has a real shot at first place.  Another impressive performance and just the slightest of missteps by Despres could have Chaleco standing on the top step of the podium in Santiago.

Stage 13 Copiapo-La Serena: