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Old 01-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #24
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Icr 2014

Stage #5: Icht Smara
Day: 05
Date: Jan 24, 2014
Route: Icht Smara
Length: 495km
Country: Morocco
Character: competition

The fatigue is clearly taking its toll on the field as a number of teams were forced to abandon the race either to injury or mechanical break downs. Stage 5 presented a mix of terrain typical for southern Morocco - fast gravely plains, small dunes with clumps of vegetation and steep canyons made of broken up bed rock. In the motorcycle class the competition today was extremely close with mere 10 minutes separating the top three riders: Rivera, Julian Merino and Julio Merino. In the cars the stage victory goes to Glad followed by Wings and Merino Team.

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CBVRacing. "The race (Dakar) is what it is, it is being offered to racers, if they chose to sign up they should know that there are only 5 outcomes at the end of the two weeks: Finish, Mechanical, Abandon, Injuries, Death."
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