17 January 2013

Zambia: Reeve Races to 29th Position

ZAMBIA's David Reeve moved to 29th position overall in the motorcycle category at the ongoing Dakar Rally after finishing 31st on the medium-length special stage 10 stretch from Cordoba to La Rioja in Argentina.

Speedbrain Husqvarna's Joan Barreda of Spain won the stage on Tuesday after piping champion Cyril Despres of Red Bull KTM by one minute 15 seconds as the Frenchman leapfrogged into overall lead by one minute 37 seconds taking over from team mate Ruben Faria.

Reeve started the day in 32nd position overall after another impressive performance on stage nine on Monday that ran from San Miguel de Tucuman to Cordoba also in Argentina and kept the pace the next day aboard his KTM.

With four stages left before the end of the 15-day championship that started on January 5, Mazabuka-based Reeve is certainly on course to achieve his goal of finishing overall in the top 30 bracket.

South Africans Riaan van Niekerk (KTM) moved to 14th place overall after finishing 20th from stage 10 with Darryl Curtis (KTM) grabbing 23rd position and overall 18th while Brett Cummings (Honda) claiming 29th slot and 54th overall.

The final member of the five-team Southern Africa riders, Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM) of Namibia took 57th position from the stage and he is now placed 49th overall.

The participants were by press time at the start of the rough 220 kilometres special stage 11 that runs from La Rioja to Fiambala, also in Argentina, and finish line at 2,400 metres altitude.

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