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Dakar 2013 – Stage 1 – Troubles for Robby Gordon


A total of 449 vehicles set out to race the motor sports classic Dakar today from Lima to Santiago

The two top winners of Stage1 out of 14 Stages where Carlos Sainz in the Toyo Tires Jeffries built Buggy and KTM rider Lopez Contardo in the bikes category.

The stage was very short after a 250km/transition stage out of Lime to Pisco.
Bikes favorite Despres strategy for today not to be first but rather have a top finish paid off since the previous stage winner starts the next stage and then has to lay down the first tracks of the day.

A new Dakar element this year is to multiply some stage times by 5x for the bikes and 3x for the cars. For example Carlos Sainz Stage1 time was 00:07:40 and that resulted into a total Rally time of exactly 00:23:00 after a 3x multiplication. The idea behind this concept is to put more weight into this rather shot stage of just 13km/8miles.

Americans car favorite Robby Gordon (#315) had a rather bad start of this years Dakar rally. Just a few kilometers into the short stage he got himself stuck in the dunes and a malfunctioning reverse gear made a simple backing out of the situation impossible. He finished 136th out of 151 stage starters and 148 finishers. He was only 10Minutes 35 Seconds behind Carlso Sainz, but since all stage times get multiplied his overall time is now 31:45 behind the leader. He has his work cut out to podium the event.

The other American built buggies of Al-Attayah had a flawless run and finished only 3 seconds after Sainz.

Complete Results for Stage 1 can be found on the ASO website.

Robby Gordon and Kelso working on the Hummer to get ustuck Robby Gordon Stuck during stage 1 of the 2013 Dakar
  • B
    Big Hock
  • January 5, 2013
Regardless of Robby's troubles, the whole 3x time multiplier is just rediculous in racing IMHO.
    • C
      Chris Tobin
    • January 5, 2013

    Bummed for RG and the 3X makes it even worse, glad it wasn't 5X!!! Who sabotaged the trans??? Gas on RG win some stages and make up some time!!!
  • N
  • January 5, 2013
I seem to remember hearing almost everyone say that RG would dominate in the dunes. Tough luck.
    • R
    • January 6, 2013
    its day one 13km only theres still 14 days left and alot more dunes... in the days to come.. like despres said... yesterday was not going to determine the outcome of the dakar
  • M
  • January 5, 2013
Wow! That multiplier rule is crazy. Can't imagine what would've happened if Despres had problems with a 5x penalty.
  • P
  • January 5, 2013
I really don't understand the point of the "multiplier"...no matter who gets screwed by it
  • T
  • January 5, 2013
broke reverse
  • J
  • January 6, 2013
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    Tj gambino
  • January 6, 2013
First stage multiplier weeds out people out the first day. 30+ minutes back means RG will need to win half the stages just to be considered for a podium spot. The magic of the Dakar multiplier at it's best.