The Dakar 2011 came to an emotional end for Team BMW Motorrad by speedbrain. Frans Verhoeven and Pedro Bianchi Prata went into Saturday´s final test with the mission to further improve their position in the overall ranks.
Verhoeven lived up to his intentions and gave a super-strong performance. The Dutch rally ace takes the stage from Cordoba to Buenos Aires and sets an exclamation mark on a race that hasn´t always been kind to the Bavarian newcomer squad. After all the blood, sweat and tears of 9.000 km racing across the south-american continent, Verhoeven claims the second stage victory for the team.
Frans Verhoeven: "I entered the day determined to post a top result for the team. The bike worked awesome today and made this win possible."
Verhoeven passed three riders during the super-fast stage to finish ahead of Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues. Verhoeven moves up in the standings and finishes 15th overall. A lot more could have happened if the team hadn´t been so badly hurt by crashes and that particular incident when a stone damaged Verhoeven´s engine case.
The final stage marks a forgiving end for the team, which emphasises once more how competitive the speedbrain-developed BMW G 450 RR really is.
Pedro Biancho said farewell to the Dakar 2011 with a satisfying result also. The Portuguese finishes the rally legend among the Top 30, achieving his personal goal.
Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: "I´m happy for the whole team to post such a result as the race ends. We tried throughout our debut to make the best of any given situation. We finish inside the Top 15 and take another stage win today. We led the proceedings during five stages and owned two of them. That´s a solid foundation to keep working hard and keep fighting for wins."
Dakar 2011, Stage 13
1. Frans Verhoeven (NEL), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain 2. Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, 0:05 min behind 3. Jean Azevedo (BRA), KTM, 0:19 4. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM, 0:44 5. Marc Coma (SPA), KTM, 2:16 6. Henk Knuiman (NEL), KTM, 2:47 7. Juan Pedrero Garcia (SPA), KTM, 3:05 8. Pal-Anders Ullevalseter (NOR), KTM, 3:51 9. Jacek Czachor (POL), KTM, 4:38 10. Miran Stanovnik (SVN), KTM, 5:16
28. Pedro Bianchi Prata (POR), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain, 11:22
2. Despres, 15:04 min behind
3. Rodrigues, 1:40:20
15. Verhoeven, 7:22:52
30. Bianchi Prata, 12:58:47