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Historic Dakar Rally Fifth Place Finish for Laia Sanz

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Laia Sanz continues to break Dakar records claiming highest female finish in any stage of the rally‰Ûªs history, posting fifth place in stage 8 overnight.

After enduring the rain, mud, sub-zero temperatures, corrosive waters, altitudes of over 3,600 metres and the dunes of Iquique, it was a spectacular downhill run for the Honda CRF450 RALLY and a fifth place finish at the checkered flag in Iquique for Laia Sanz.

Top finisher in Team HRC in the Dakar‰Ûªs eighth outing; Sanz has re-written the rally‰Ûªs history books in the process. The Spanish ace fought her way up into the leading group, and with highly-consistent handling, speed and effective navigation, hung in there until the race end.

It was an enormous result for Laia who leaps up the overall leaderboard from 14th to 9th.

"For me, it‰Ûªs been a really great day, but this morning I would have preferred not to set off." Sanz commented. "The conditions were not for racing and my hands practically froze.

"The altitude, the cold and the lack of visibility. The bikes took such a beating from the water and the salt. It was really dangerous, but we decided that we had to go for it, and we ended up starting the special.

"I got up among the front-runners from the start. I managed to warm up a bit in the refuelling and I was able to set a good pace. It was a pity that Price and Quintanilla were so fast and were able to get past me, but it wasn‰Ûªt worth risking everything just to improve on the position.

"It‰Ûªs a great result, and I‰Ûªm really happy to have achieved it especially on such a hard day as this one. This morning it was hellish."

Top Image: Laia Sanz continues to break records on her way to a 5th place result on stage 8 of the 2015 Dakar Rally

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