Casteu takes Dakar lead
Tucuman - French motorcyclist David Casteu
took the overall lead in the rain-hit Dakar Rally on Saturday after
longtime leader Olivier Pain endured a miserable eighth stage from Salta
Joan Barreda Bort claimed the 183km timed run in 2hr
7min 26sec, ahead of America's Johnny Campbell, who was 7min 4sec
behind, with Slovakia's Ivan Jakes in third, 7min 57sec off the pace.
Torrential rain led to large parts of the stage, which had been set for 492km, being cancelled.
on a Yamaha, has a 9min 26sec overall lead over defending champion
Cyril Despres and an 11min 16sec advantage over Portugal's Ruben Faria.
Pain finished more than 30 minutes off the pace and is now fifth overall, 16min 10sec behind Casteu in the race for the title.
Pain was one of a batch of riders who got lost at the 122km stage.
huge navigational success," said Casteu. "I'm over the moon because
it's difficult to ride at the front while attacking and keeping your
"I was able to keep my cool while everyone else was spinning around, but I stayed focused and was the first across the line."