Eric has been focusing in the race and wants to give his best to arrive to the finish line in Santiago. For these reasons, and for the Dakar conditions, it has been very difficult to communicate with him.

Yesterday, the Clerk of the Course decided to shorten stage 8 after weather issues that impacted the race route. This decision will impact the stage result and the overall classification. (see decision [here](http://mad.ly/8f7173?pact=326653494135348831&fe=1).

It was on his Facebook page that Eric shared with his fans his comments around midnight. “It´s done, we finished the first week of the Dakar, which will remain in our minds forever! In 12 times I´ve participated, I can´t remember to have had a Dakar start as difficult as this one. In fact, the trace of the four first stages was in completely extreme conditions due to a stifling heat. But the hardest for me was to realize how different the grounds in Africa are compared to here. Here, it is soft, lots of fesh-fesh and soft sand. A proof of that is that we have only changed tires once, and in Morocco, with the stony tracks and all it was an everyday task!

Also, we have stages in high altitude and our Trophy Truck is quite heavy. All this factors added result in a power loss, which is a bigger issue if we add that we use a semi-automatic gear. All that makes it impossible to show the potential of our car.

In summary, it is hard to compete with our car here, and we can´t change a thing before the end of the race. But even with all these, we stay motivated for the next stages and, as always, we will do our best to climb in the standings when the terrain is more adapted to our car!

I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement messages. I think that this experience in 2013 will allow us to prepare a better race for 2014… Inch Allah!”

Today, competitors will have the opportunity to profit of the rest day in the bivouac of Tucumán. The race starts again on Monday with the longest stage of the Dakar 2013, 852 kilometers between Tucumán and Córdoba.

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