Dakar 2023: Stage 5 - Hélder Rodrigues in 7th place in the 5th stage

Dakar 2023: Stage 5 - Hélder Rodrigues in 7th place in the 5th stage

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Excessive consumption and lack of power limit the rider's performance

Hélder Rodrigues reached today, at the fifth streak of Dakar 2023 which was disputed today around Ha-Il, the seventh position of the general classification T3. At the controls of a Can-Am, registered by South Racing and navigated by Gonçalo Reis, the Portuguese driver managed to have a very positive streak today after yesterday, like several other drivers, he ran out of fuel, which forced him to stay several hours in the desert waiting for help. Today he spent 5h22m33s doing the 373km that made up the day's special and he is now in a more comfortable position to start tomorrow's journey.

"This Dakar is not easy at all. In yesterday's stage we ran out of gas and had to wait for a T5, which only arrived after three hours. We ended up going straight to the bivouac. It was a tough day for us, and today we started from the back, from position 150, which made us anticipate a difficult day. However, we managed to set a good pace until 30 km before the refueling we had to manage the pace again because we were having consumption problems. It was a complicated day because we had to pass many competitors, but we tried to do our best. With 40 km to go we broke a belt, but other than that we did all right. Tomorrow we'll leave more in the front and the goal is always to have a good streak, but we still have to see what's the problem the car has to do with this excessive consumption and lack of power", Hélder Rodrigues referred.

The Dakar 2023 caravan leaves tomorrow for the sixth stage which should be the longest of this edition of the rally. However, due to the rains of the last few days that caused flooding in the bivouac in Al Duwadimi, the journey between Há'il and Al Duwadimi with 877.69 km, 467 km of which were timed, was reduced by approximately 100 km. Riders and teams will then make a connection (of approximately 300 km) to the bivouac in Riyadh.

 

Automatic translation from the original Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source Helder Rodrigues official press release

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