Dakar Stage 13 Results
Click video to see the highlights from Stage 13 of the 2010 Dakar as the Norwegian Pal Ullevalseter won the motorbike stage of the race.
The victory took Ullevalseter (KTM) into second place in the overall standings, leapfrogging the Chilean Francisco Lopez who finished 5min 35sec behind the Norwegian in fourth place on his Aprilia.
"A fantastic stage for me. I started third and after 40km I was in the lead," said Ullevalseter.
"Today was a route for big bikes. We could really attack and in the last hours I was riding at more than 160km/h. It’s perfect!"
France’s KTM rider Cyril Despres, 43sec behind Ullevalseter in second place, continues to enjoy a healthy lead of 1hr 4min at the top of the motorbikes general classification.
"There was only a small section of sandy tracks and about 20 km of sand dunes. It’s always a pleasure to ride that," said Despres.
"It is much easier to stay focused when you drive a bit fast.
"I trust my KTM and my tires. I knew I would drive fast and it would be fine."
Spain’s Marc Coma, another KTM rider, finished third on the day, 2min 46sec off Ullevalseter’s pace.
Coma was handed a controversial time penalty of six hours for illegally changing a wheel during the seventh stage and is now 6hr 32min behind Despres in the overall standings.
Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) remains fourth overall, with Frenchmen David Fretigne (Yamaha) and Alain Duclos (KTM) fifth and sixth respectively.
2010 Dakar Stage 13 Results
1. Pal Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM
2. Cyril Despres, Andorra, KTM (at 43′)
3. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM (at 2’46")
4. Francisco Lopez, Chile, Aprilia
5. Alan Duclos France, KTM
2010 Dakar Standings after Stage 13
1. Cyril Despres, Andorra, KTM
2. Pal Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM (at 1:04’12")
3. Francisco Lopez, Chile, Aprilia, (at 1:08.34)
4. Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Yamaha
5. David Fretigne, France, Yamaha
15. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM