2011 Dakar Rally News
After 9605 km, the Dakar 2011 is back to Buenos Aires. The last stage was the hardest for Aprilia Giofil Team.
Francisco Lopez watches how his virtual podium fades away while Alain Duclos receives a huge penalty after yesterday´s mistake. It´s just the Dakar’s law.
2011 Dakar News
Aprilia rider Francisco Lopez is third, behind Marc Coma and Cyril Despres after an exhausting stage. It was an excellent day for Alain Duclos, while Alex Zanotti and Gerard Farres lost time in the special.
Dakar Stage Eleven (11) Results
Click video to see the highlights from Stage Eleven (11) of the 2010 Dakar as Verhoeven wins the motorcycling section for BMW.
Verhoeven edged out American Jonah Street by three seconds while Frenchman Cyril Despres, seventh on the stage over four minutes in arrears, remained comfortably in the overall lead with just three stages remaining.
"I’m very happy to be here at the end of the stage. I had a lot of difficulties during the first two or three days," said Verhoeven.
KTM’s Cyril Despres put in a solid day’s ride across the Andes to San Juan on Wednesday to retain the overall lead by 1 hour 20’54" as the Dakar "caravan" 2010 returned to Argentina. Despres was seventh in the 11th stage but only 4’21" behind the stage leader Frans Verhoeven.
Despres said it had been a nice stage and confirmed he is having too much fun to hold back for the sake of caution. "It was strange at the beginning, because after 13 km, there was a banner stopping us following a track," he said after the day’s ride.
Marc Coma’s Mission
The many navigation mistakes of his contenders allowed Marc Coma to finish with the best time of the day in the bike category and to move up four places in the overall standings. Moreover Italian rider Luca Manca, who was ranking ninth this morning in the overall standings, had to be evacuated from the track after a very serious fall in the early hours of the stage (see special press release). In the car category, Stéphane Peterhansel beat all three top Volkswagen winning the 53rd special stage of his Dakar career.