During Stage 8 of the 2011 Dakar Rally, Over the long 508 km special, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, victory went to Marc Coma, 1’55 ahead of Cyril Despres on his Red Bull KTM, with Chaleco Lopez third at 4’21. Overall Coma increases his lead to 9’19 over Cyril with Lopez now at 22’48.
2011 Dakar Rally Video
Stage 8 at the 2011 Dakar Rally tested the motorcycle riders’ abilities as they pummeled through desert from Antofagasta to Copiapo, 268 km of road, 508 km of timed special.
Taking the stage win was KTM 450 Rally rider Mar Coma; the win was the Spaniard’s third so far in the Dakar 2011.
Antofagasta to Copiapo
For the third time in the 2011 Dakar Rally, Marc Coma was victorious aboard the KTM 450 Rally.
The Spaniard took the victory on Monday at Stage 8 of Dakar 2011, which brought the motorcyclists through 268 km of road, and then 508 km of timed special.
At the end of Stage 7 of the 2011 Dakar Rally, Chaleco Lopez on his Aprilia motorcycle received a hero’s welcome on arriving victorious at the bivouac in Antofagasta 2’21 ahead of Cyril Despres on his Red Bull KTM with Marc Coma, also KTM, third at 3’45.
Dakar Rally Video
Stage 7 brought the 2011 Dakar Rally from Arica to Antofagasta through 273-km of desert sands. This YouTube video highlights Sunday’s action at the Dakar.
Arica to Antofagasta
For the third consecutive stage at the 33rd edition of the Dakar Rally, a bike other than a KTM took victory. On Sunday, after a shortened 273-km Stage 7, Chilean rider Francisco "Chaleco" took the victory aboard an Aprilia 450.
2011 Dakar News
The 2011 Dakar Rally has presented many challenges to the motorcyclists, as they traveled over 4,500 km throughout the first six stages. But the Dakar has even more challenges in the remaining seven stages, which begin today as riders travel from Arica and Buenos Aires.
After having been announced winner of the sixth stage of the 2011 Dakar Rally, Ruben Faria on his Red Bull KTM motorcycle was finally reclassified 3rd following an race organizer timing error.
This meant that the Dakar motorcycle racing victory was passed to Helder Rodrigues with Cyril Despres second.
Dakar Rally victory on the last stage before the rest day went to the Portuguese rider Ruben Faria ahead of compatriot Helder Rodrigues (at 0’50) and Red Bull KTM team mate Cyril Despres (at 3’45).
During Stage 5 of the 2011 Dakar Rally, victory on the special went to Paulo Gonçalves ahed of local hero ‘Chaleco’ Lopez at 2’18, with Verhoeven third (at 2’19).
Cyril Despres riding the Red Bull KTM finished fifth at 4’10 with fellow KTM enduro motorcycle rider Ruben Faria 7th at 12’05.