Tiainen Wins Again

Kit Palmer | January 15, 2001

For the second day in a row, Finland’s Kari Tiainen (KTM) won a stage at the Paris-Dakar Rally, topping BMW’s John Deacon, and KTM’s Fabrizio Meoni and Jordi Arcorons. Compared to Sunday’s strenuous ride, Monday’s 14th stage was an easy cruise with no major challenges for the riders. As a result, very little changed in the overall standings.

Despite Tiainen winning Monday’s 234 kilometer stage, Meoni still leads the rally by 20 minutes and 29 seconds over Jordi Arcarons, who did gain a minute today on the leader. Currently third 38 minutes and 26 seconds back is Carlo De Gavardo.

American’s Jimmy Lewis (BMW) and Johnny Campbell (Hon) were unable to gain much ground. Lewis finished out the 14th stage in 10th and Campbell in 11th, maintaining their sixth- and eighth-place in the overall standings. Lewis is currently three hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds behind the leader Meoni, and Campbell is six hours, 14 minutes and 43 seconds back.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.