16 January 2013

Zambia: Reeve Grabs 32nd Position

ZAMBIA's flag bearer at the 2013 Dakar Rally, David Reeve, on Monday put up another scintillating performance to grab 32nd position in the motorcycle category on the long stage nine stretching from San Miguel de Tucuman to Cordoba in Argentina.

KTM-mounted Reeve moved to 32nd position overall in his motorcycle class from 36th slot overall he gained at the end of stage eight that ran from Salta to San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina on Saturday.

The Mazabuka-based rider brought his KTM home in a two hours, 57 minutes and 12 second mark variation from class overall leader, Red Bull's Ruben Faria of Portugal who leads the pack ahead of team mate and title holder Cyril Despres of France, equally riding KTMs.

"David's solid 32nd place in this difficult stage paid off. Some riders ahead of him have withdrawn and he made huge time up on those who were just ahead of him. He is now fifth Rookie," said Reeve's team in an updated posted on his Dakar 2013 Facebook page.

The team added that "David has made up some serious time on his immediate victims and has three very close tomorrow (yesterday). He also has three elite riders going all out for stage wins that are behind him. They may break or fly past."

South Africans Riaan van Niekerk (KTM) took 26th place in the stage and 14th overall while Darryl Curtis (KTM) finished 33rd on the day and 17th overall with Brett Cummings (Honda) settling for 39th position from the stage and 60th overall.

KTM-mounted Ingo Waldschmidt of Namibia emerged at the end of the stage in 70th place and improved his overall position to 51st slot.

The 15-day championship, ends on Sunday.

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