2012 Dakar: Stage 1 Results, Motorcycle

2012 Dakar Rally Results

In spring of 2011, Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez suffered a heavy crash during the Rally of Tunisia, breaking various bones.

"Chaleco," which means "sweater," underwent six surgeries, and didn’t get back into competition aboard the Team Aprilia RSX until the Pharaons Rally; during that race, the 36-year-old finished in 36th position.

But the Chilean rider remained determined, and trained endlessly for the 2012 Dakar Rally. And his training paid off – Lopez took Stage One in the 33rd edition of the Dakar Rally, topping three-time Dakar winner Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AVM KTM 450 Rally) by 14 seconds.

Taking the final podium position in Stage One was Argentina’s Javier Pizzolito (Honda).

The stage took the riders from Mar del Plata to Santa Rosa de Lap Pampa in Argentina, a trek of over 474 miles, with the first 35 timed.

Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia RSX) says: "I’ve been cautious, I started very fast this morning because the first part of the special stage was hard and there were many spectators. The Dakar´s first stage must always be faced with caution, avoiding risks and it is useful to take the race rhythm. Fortunately, the last 20 km were fast and I succeeded guiding in an aggressive way, showing of the power of my Aprilia.

"I did not get off to a very fast start this morning, since the first part of the special stage was quite tough, with all the dunes and all those spectators. Moreover, the first special of the Dakar is always more challenging, since you need to find your focus on the race, and the new GPS is somewhat smaller, so I really was very careful. Fortunately, the special’s last 20 kilometers were very fast and I was able to drive much more aggressively."

The highest-placed American was JCR Honda’s Quinn Cody, who took fourth aboard the CRX. As for three-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres, the Frenchman finished 13th aboard the Red Bull KTM 450 Rally, 1:48 behind Chaleco.

During Stage Two on Monday, the riders will endure a timed special of 186 miles as they go from Santa Roas to San Rafael, Argentina. 

2012 Dakar Rally Results: Motorcycles Stage One Results

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

4
  • LOPEZ (CHL)

APRILIA

00:32:37

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

00:32:51 00:00:14

3

27
  • PIZZOLITO (ARG)

HONDA

00:33:04 00:00:27

4

9
  • CODY (USA)

HONDA

00:33:07 00:00:30

5

11
  • PRZYGONSKI (POL)

KTM

00:33:26 00:00:49

6

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

00:33:34 00:00:57

7

36
  • SUNDERLAND (GBR)

HONDA

00:33:42 00:01:05

8

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

00:33:55 00:01:18

9

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:34:03 00:01:26

10

19
  • STREET (USA)

YAMAHA

00:34:07 00:01:30

11

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

00:34:18 00:01:41

12

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:34:20 00:01:43

13

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

00:34:25 00:01:48

14

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

00:34:26 00:01:49

15

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

00:34:28 00:01:51

16

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

HUQSVARNA

00:34:34 00:01:57

17

25
  • GOUET (CHL)

HONDA

00:34:56 00:02:19

18

5
  • PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

00:35:01 00:02:24

19

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

00:35:02 00:02:25

20

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

00:35:06 00:02:29

21

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

00:35:40 00:03:03

22

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

00:35:49 00:03:12

23

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

00:35:49 00:03:12

24

49
  • DABROWSKI (POL)

KTM

00:35:49 00:03:12

25

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

00:35:51 00:03:14

26

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

00:35:52 00:03:15

27

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

00:35:53 00:03:16

28

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUSQVARNA

00:36:09 00:03:32

29

24
  • STANOVNIK (SVN)

KTM

00:36:46 00:04:09

30

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

00:37:17 00:04:40

31

82
  • GUINDANI (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:37:19 00:04:42

32

31
  • JAKES (SVK)

BMW

00:37:26 00:04:49

33

37
  • KLAUMANN (BRA)

HUSQVARNA

00:37:33 00:04:56

34

57
  • WILLEMSEN (NLD)

HONDA

00:37:38 00:05:01

35

47
  • ZANOTTI (ITA)

TM

00:37:47 00:05:10

36

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

00:38:06 00:05:29

37

148
  • GOMEZ (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:38:06 00:05:29

38

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

00:38:09 00:05:32

39

110
  • BIRCH (NZL)

KTM

00:38:28 00:05:51

40

40
  • SERRADORI (FRA)

KTM

00:38:31 00:05:54

41

30
  • GUASCH (ESP)

GAS – GAS

00:38:34 00:05:57

42

29
  • BERGLUND (SWE)

HUSABERG

00:38:35 00:05:58

43

183
  • RODRIGUEZ (ARG)

HONDA

00:38:40 00:06:03

44

113
  • FAGGOTTER (AUS)

HUSABERG

00:38:41 00:06:04

45

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

00:38:49 00:06:12

46

68
  • BARROT (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:38:52 00:06:15

47

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

00:38:53 00:06:16

48

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

00:38:57 00:06:20

49

48
  • LIEFHEBBER (NLD)

KTM

00:38:59 00:06:22

50

66
  • LORMAND (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:39:00 00:06:23

51

51
  • ARREDONDO (GTM)

KTM

00:39:02 00:06:25

52

44
  • DA COSTA (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:39:08 00:06:31

53

33
  • BETHYS (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:39:29 00:06:52

54

157
  • CERDERA (ARG)

KAWASAKI

00:39:44 00:07:07

55

86
  • MUNK (DNK)

KTM

00:40:18 00:07:41

56

46
  • BIANCHI PRATA (PRT)

HUSQUARNA

00:40:23 00:07:46

57

43
  • PISANO (FRA)

KTM

00:40:24 00:07:47

58

168
  • GUIRAL (ARG)

HONDA

00:40:36 00:07:59

59

144
  • CURTIS (ZAF)

KTM

00:40:36 00:07:59

60

53
  • RODRIGUEZ (CHL)

HONDA

00:40:36 00:07:59

61

38
  • BESNIER (FRA)

APRILIA

00:40:51 00:08:14

62

73
  • BONY (FRA)

KTM

00:41:02 00:08:25

63

185
  • SANCHEZ (ARG)

KAWASAKI

00:41:05 00:08:28

64

98
  • BLONDEAU (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:41:08 00:08:31

65

70
  • JAMETT (CHL)

HUSQUARNA

00:41:32 00:08:55

66

55
  • MERKIT (TUR)

KTM

00:41:45 00:09:08

67

89
  • NASCIMENTO (BRA)

HONDA

00:41:59 00:09:22

68

97
  • LAGRIVE (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:42:01 00:09:24

69

75
  • BUSIN (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:42:02 00:09:25

70

42
  • PROHENS (CHL)

HONDA

00:42:03 00:09:26

71

145
  • NUTTALL (AUS)

KTM

00:42:28 00:09:51

72

84
  • CARILLON (FRA)

KTM

00:42:34 00:09:57

73

56
  • MENARD (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:42:37 00:10:00

74

77
  • PICCO (ITA)

YAMAHA

00:42:37 00:10:00

75

81
  • SUESSE (USA)

KTM

00:42:44 00:10:07

76

72
  • GOUNON (FRA)

KTM

00:42:45 00:10:08

77

173
  • MALO (ECU)

KTM

00:42:46 00:10:09

78

169
  • HEINRICH DEL VALLE (PER)

KTM

00:42:53 00:10:16

79

79
  • BOULANGER (FRA)

APRILIA

00:42:54 00:10:17

80

45
  • SANZ PLA-GILIBERT (ESP)

GAS – GAS

00:43:00 00:10:23

81

69
  • PAYEN (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:43:10 00:10:33

82

62
  • SCHWARZ (AUS)

HUSABERG

00:43:18 00:10:41

83

41
  • PROHENS (CHL)

HONDA

00:43:24 00:10:47

84

61
  • MATTOS (BRA)

KTM

00:43:27 00:10:50

85

92
  • HAMARD (FRA)

KTM

00:43:31 00:10:54

86

172
  • LUCCHESE (ITA)

HUSABERG

00:43:43 00:11:06

87

60
  • WATT (GBR)

KTM

00:43:48 00:11:11

88

76
  • PEDERZOLI (ITA)

YAMAHA

00:43:50 00:11:13

89

134
  • SERRA RIPOLL (ESP)

HONDA

00:44:03 00:11:26

90

119
  • DOLLEVOET (NLD)

HONDA

00:44:07 00:11:30

91

94
  • WEI (CHN)

JINCHENG

00:44:10 00:11:33

92

87
  • MEILLAT (FRA)

KAWASAKI

00:44:20 00:11:43

93

115
  • BASSI (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:44:24 00:11:47

94

164
  • DEMELCHORI (ARG)

KAWASAKI

00:44:36 00:11:59

95

184
  • SAKIR (TUR)

KTM

00:44:39 00:12:02

96

154
  • GAJDOSECH (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:44:55 00:12:18

97

63
  • SAGHMEISTER (SRB)

KTM

00:44:57 00:12:20

98

65
  • LAZARD (URY)

YAMAHA

00:45:00 00:12:23

99

122
  • PALANTE (BEL)

KTM

00:45:04 00:12:27

100

58
  • PUERTAS HERRERA (ESP)

YAMAHA

00:45:13 00:12:36

101

177
  • VAN GEEL (NLD)

HONDA

00:45:29 00:12:52

102

114
  • FESANI (ITA)

RIEJU

00:45:30 00:12:53

103

186
  • VAN GERVEN (NLD)

HONDA

00:45:32 00:12:55

104

179
  • PETRONE (ARG)

BETA

00:45:34 00:12:57

105

178
  • VAN WOERKUM (NLD)

HONDA

00:45:40 00:13:03

106

151
  • BEALUSTEGUI (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:45:47 00:13:10

107

159
  • CHITTICK (AUS)

HONDA

00:45:47 00:13:10

108

74
  • KOFMAN (NLD)

KTM

00:45:56 00:13:19

109

165
  • MULDER (NLD)

HONDA

00:46:05 00:13:28

110

124
  • TARLINGTON (AUS)

KTM

00:46:08 00:13:31

111

96
  • CID DE LA PAZ (ARG)

BETA

00:46:08 00:13:31

112

100
  • VESELY (CZE)

YAMAHA

00:46:10 00:13:33

113

181
  • RIOS (PER)

KTM

00:46:21 00:13:44

114

131
  • THEURIOT (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:46:42 00:14:05

115

150
  • BELAUSTEGUI (ARG)

KTM

00:46:46 00:14:09

116

152
  • TER BEEK (NLD)

HONDA

00:46:47 00:14:10

117

104
  • DE BENEDICTIS NETO (BRA)

KTM

00:47:17 00:14:40

118

71
  • BUTUZA (ROU)

KTM

00:47:20 00:14:43

119

59
  • CIOTTI (ITA)

RIEJU

00:47:21 00:14:44

120

80
  • PASCUAL (ARG)

JINCHENG

00:47:35 00:14:58

121

95
  • MAZET (FRA)

KTM

00:47:43 00:15:06

122

149
  • CIPKA (SVK)

BMW

00:47:47 00:15:10

123

102
  • ALAN (ARG)

YAMAHA

00:47:50 00:15:13

124

109
  • BUDWEG (BRA)

KTM

00:47:50 00:15:13

125

138
  • LECOQ (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:48:00 00:15:23

126

140
  • REINIKE (CHL)

KTM

00:48:38 00:16:01

127

153
  • BEKTAS (TUR)

KTM

00:48:40 00:16:03

128

116
  • GEOFFROY (FRA)

HONDA

00:48:51 00:16:14

129

93
  • GOMEZ (ESP)

BMW

00:48:56 00:16:19

130

67
  • BALOOSHI (ARE)

KTM

00:48:57 00:16:20

131

107
  • BODINGER (SWE)

HUSABERG

00:48:57 00:16:20

132

170
  • KREIDL (AUT)

KTM

00:48:58 00:16:21

133

85
  • PENATE MUNOZ (ESP)

KTM

00:49:09 00:16:32

134

120
  • ILLANES (CHL)

HUSQVARNA

00:49:15 00:16:38

135

137
  • COUE (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:49:41 00:17:04

136

176
  • RAAF (ZAF)

KTM

00:49:41 00:17:04

137

101
  • SULEM (FRA)

KTM

00:49:43 00:17:06

138

188
  • CONGER (USA)

HUSQUARNA

00:49:45 00:17:08

139

91
  • TONETTI (ITA)

HONDA

00:50:01 00:17:24

140

127
  • KARATHANASSIS (GRC)

YAMAHA

00:50:33 00:17:56

141

78
  • ROMERO FONT (ESP)

KTM

00:50:39 00:18:02

142

105
  • BARRON (PER)

KTM

00:51:11 00:18:34

143

121
  • DAVIDSON (AUS)

KTM

00:51:17 00:18:40

144

129
  • DEPOORTER (BEL)

KTM

00:51:27 00:18:50

145

136
  • IGARIS (LTU)

YAMAHA

00:51:56 00:19:19

146

135
  • SCOTT-WILLIAMS (ZAF)

KTM

00:52:05 00:19:28

147

126
  • MUTELET (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:52:39 00:20:02

148

112
  • GUYOMARC’H (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:53:01 00:20:24

149

130
  • DETANG (FRA)

SHERCO

00:53:15 00:20:38

150

117
  • GHITTI (ITA)

KTM

00:53:32 00:20:55

151

143
  • PAILLÉ (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:53:59 00:21:22

152

155
  • GALLO (ITA)

YAMAHA

00:54:02 00:21:25

153

90
  • DIGUIET (FRA)

KTM

00:54:44 00:22:07

154

156
  • BARBERY (ARG)

BETA

00:54:53 00:22:16

155

125
  • ASTORI (ITA)

KTM

00:55:04 00:22:27

156

99
  • CHERPIN (FRA)

KTM

00:55:05 00:22:28

157

128
  • ANO (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:55:26 00:22:49

158

108
  • STEVENSON (ZAF)

KTM

00:55:28 00:22:51

159

106
  • EMBRO (USA)

KTM

00:55:58 00:23:21

160

111
  • ESPINASSE (FRA)

SHERCO

00:56:52 00:24:15

161

171
  • LORENZETTI (ARG)

KTM

00:57:04 00:24:27

162

139
  • GARD (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:58:58 00:26:21

163

161
  • ORLANDO (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:58:59 00:26:22

164

162
  • FLAMBERT (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:59:05 00:26:28

165

166
  • PANIGALLI (ITA)

YAMAHA

00:59:53 00:27:16

166

142
  • CAREVIC (CHL)

YAMAHA

01:00:07 00:27:30

167

187
  • YOUNGER (GBR)

KTM

01:00:19 00:27:42

168

147
  • STANFIELD (USA)

KTM

01:01:02 00:28:25

169

163
  • CHAPSAL (FRA)

KTM

01:01:26 00:28:49

170

158
  • VELLUTINO (PER)

KTM

01:01:39 00:29:02

171

182
  • ZATKO (SVK)

BMW

01:02:14 00:29:37

172

180
  • PICKERING (GBR)

KTM

01:02:20 00:29:43

173

167
  • DEZEIRAUD (FRA)

KTM

01:02:34 00:29:57

174

132
  • FRIGERIO (ITA)

BETA

01:02:45 00:30:08

175

160
  • HAMEL (FRA)

YAMAHA

01:04:20 00:31:43

176

174
  • MARTÍNEZ (ESP)

KAWASAKI

01:13:51 00:41:14

177

133
  • SCHNEIDER (FRA)

SHERCO

02:02:32 01:29:55