Stage Fourteen – The End

The final day of  Dakar 2013 delivers Simon safely to the finish to collect his 7th Finishers Medal. 

Stage fourteen was set to be nothing more than a formality as the race is all but done.   And so it proved for the majority of racers including Simon Pavey.  The special stage was short and in two stages providing great spectator viewing close to Santiago, but for most the real racing was already done.

With the end in now firmly in sight and the bike continuing to perform faultlessly now was not the time for heroics and Simon eased into the finish coming in 58th on the stage and maintaining his excellent 59th position overall.

 

Simon Pavey – “At first we thought it was going to be a really long day today, with 400km of special.  However the special was split into two sections and about 130km of racing time.   I kept focussed right to the end.  The last day is not a time for heroics, but it is also not a time to relax.  This is the Dakar and there can always be surprises in store.   In the end the day all went to plan and I am delighted to be here in Santiago

I want to take this chance to thank all the team that helped get me here.  Our Team Sponsors from Delta Kunststoffe and Husqvarna UK and every-one else who has supported the team and got us to the podium in Santiago.  Special thanks obviously to the team here on the ground who have experienced Dakar 2013 with me; Evan Davies, Paul Green and of course Don Hatton my co-rider.   And thanks to all the fans on Facebook and Twitter; your support makes a real difference”

 

There will be a full post Dakar interview with Simon coming in the near future.     For one last time for 2013 here are the results….

 

Stage Results.

Simon Pavey – 58th – 02:01:20

Overall Results.

Simon Pavey – 59th – 54:21:51

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Clark/100003580192880 Peter Clark

    Well bout time someone left a message,well done now rest and see if you can get a good bottle of plonk from Santiago to drink at your leisure, you earned it big time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stewart.fairbrass Stewart Fairbrass

    Si, you are a legend, and a huge inspiration! Massive congratulations

  • Andreas Henken

    Fantastic result for you and the team and comming home in one piece with a bike that also performed great – again, job well done !!!

  • Bruce

    Simon, your a star man, not been able to watch the Dakar on tv this year, but been keeping up with your progress through the web page here, first class. Great effort, and enjoy the well deserved brake.
    Cheers

  • Andy Hocking

    Very well done team. Knew you would do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.adams.3591 Dave Adams

    Congratulations

  • Chris Crawley

    Congratulations Si. You are a true Dakar legend, and an inspiration to the rest of us mere mortals! Great result.

  • darren heyes

    dakar legend through and through can only imagine how hard i must have been well done Si

  • http://www.facebook.com/shirley.coady.9 Shirley Coady

    Simon, it’s an honour to know you. What an absolutely amazing achievement and so well deserved. You’re a top bloke Simon, and we are thrilled for you. Well done!! All the very best, Shirley & Andy xx

  • Dave Roberts USA

    wonderful finish ……thanks…….old guys rule

  • Alistair Allan

    Brilliant to see you at the finish again Simon what a event and result. Well done to you and your team. Ali Allan