We knew he could do it. Robby Gordon is the first American to win a stage on the Dakar. With rain damping the dust, Gordon took advantage of the conditions to take the win on stage 6. This moved him up to 19th position overall.
Team Dakar USA press release after the break
Stage Six: Tan Tan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Zouerat
Wind and rain made the night miserable for most of the bivouac on Thursday night but Robby Gordon woke up with a smile on his face. Gordon knew that the conditions would provide perfect racing conditions for the Monster Energy Hummer. In the previous days stage Gordon had charged to a 15th place finish through the dust. Today the dust would be neutralized.
During the night the Monster crew worked tirelessly to replace the fuel delivery system along with the clutch, transmission and drive shafts.
At the end of the stage, Robby Gordon Motorsports became the first American team to capture a stage in the Dakar Rally. For Gordon it was his third stage win since he started competing in the Dakar in 2005. The stage was won in 2:58:57, just 17 seconds ahead of the second place buggy of Jean Louis Schlesser. The victory moved Team Dakar USA up to 19th in the overall classification Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3:49:07 back of the Volkswagen driven by Carlos Sainz.
Robby GordonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Quote on the sixth Stage
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a good result for the team. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just what we needed. We lost two days trying to diagnose the fuel problem, which in the end turned out to be bad fuel. There still is so much racing left so who know what can happen. For now the immediate goal is to get up into the top ten.Ã¢â‚¬Â