|Day 9 route, with Stage 8, Bikes & Quads|
|2 wheels against, 4 wheeled twin|
|Brigade of the riders|
The desert floor was like a mirror with white fog covering all the landscape & sky. It was decided by the race officials to shorten the stage, and the action begun over the never-ending look of the flats. Live timings were erratic, but the race was well handled otherwise.
|Fixing the bike, # 72|
|The race is on!|
|Marc Coma speaking to press|
|Happy man, Soultrait, 6th fastest|
Marc Coma finished 9th fastest, 7m37s to the stage winner the Chilean, KTM rider - Pablo Quintanilla. But he was much ahead of already trailing former leader and Honda rider Paulo Goncalves, who finished with 12m17s to the stage leader.
|Long way down to finish @ Iquique|
Juan Pedrero Garcia, a Spaniard on his Yamaha was second fastest through the stage with 11s down to Quintanilla, and Slovakian was third with a gap of just 12s.
|Laia Sanz looks behind for chasers|
A strong place finish to the Indian rider, C S Santosh, who is braving all the injuries he has suffered so far. He finished 32nd and 36th in overall. Kudos champ!
Top 5 Bikes, Stage 8
|2||10||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||02:56:30||00:00:11||-|
|5||29||SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT (ESP)||HONDA||02:58:55||00:02:36||-|
|32||59||C S SANTOSH (IND)||KTM||03:48:12||00:51:53||-|
Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 8
|36||59||C S SANTOSH (IND)||KTM||38:16:55||09:25:43||-|
|Ignacio N. Casale with reporters|
Casale now moves ahead of Rafal [Super] Sonik in overall positions, who finished the day in 9th place, and loses his lead to the Chilean.
Top 5 Quads, Stage 8
|1||261||GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)||YAMAHA||03:43:35||-||-|
Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 8
|4||261||GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)||YAMAHA||38:50:00||02:45:46||-|
|5||256||SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)||YAMAHA||39:34:39||03:30:25||-|
It was also a home coming for Tom Coronel, who had to stay back at the desert due to issues with his Maxxis buggy yesterday. And today, he suffered another crash. Watch it here!
|Day 10, route for Bikes & Quads|
|Day 10, route for Cars & Trucks|
The motorcyclists and quad bikers will set off for their second marathon stage! After the Chile-Argentina border, this time the day's special stage will start on the Salinas Grandes, more than 3,600m above sea level. The altitude should curb the competitors' enthusiasm and cool down their engines. The more technical final phase will separate the toughest of them from the rest. For the liaison section, the route will then follow the Paso de l'Acay, at an altitude of 4,970m. Until tomorrow, good night!