2013 Dakar: Despres Takes Stage 9, Casteu Retires after Crasing Hard [Video]
This stage bore ill luck for David Casteu of Yamaha. At km 100, a cow appeared in front of his bike and he could not avoid it entirely: one of his handlebars hit the cow, resulting in Casteu crashing hard. With a serious shoulder injury and a perforated tank, Casteu got some fuel from Yamaha fellow rider Vincent Guindani.
After medics strapped Casteu's shoulder, bad luck stroke once more, with his bike stopping 30 km short of the second special finish line. Injured and with a wrecked bike, Casteu saw no other way than to end his 2013 Dakar racing in this stage.
Stage 9 saw Barreda Bort in second and another Husqvarna rider, Botturi, in third, floowed by Faria and Honda's Rodrigues, while the overall standings have Faria as a leader, with Despres only 5 minutes behind, followed by Chaleco Lopez, Slovakian Jakes and Botturi. Former leader Pain is now 6th.
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