2013 Dakar: Stage 11 Means Dangerous Dunes Prone to Cause Navigation Errors [Video]
The special stage ends right near the bivouac, with 6 km of connection. However, the the terrain for Stage 11 is pretty rough, with dunes back in the scenery, forcing riders to adapt their technique very fast as they'll advance. The finish line is at 2400m (7,864 ft) altitude.
As calm and peaceful the dunes of Fiambala seem, Dakar officials add that they hold a lot of nasty surprises which can cause navigation errors for all competitors, or even worse. We'd rather not see more crashes and injuries, but navigation errors have become quite expensive in the rally economy, with the few stages left and small gaps in the rankings.
The first 5 riders to start Stage 11 are: Barreda Bort, Despres, Goncalvo, Pedrero and yesterday's surprise, rookie KTM rider Kurt Caselli.
Enjoy the short movie the Dakar guys made and pay attention starting 0:54 for some extreme bike action, with minute 1:06 showing a huge unexpected save.
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