2012 Dakar: Stage 5 Results, Motorcycles
2012 Dakar Rally Results
The biggest threat to 2012 Dakar Rally motorcycle competitors Thursday arrived from Mother Nature.
Due to storms plaguing the area near the finish for Stage Five in Fiambala, the Dakar organizers were forced to shorten the day’s normal 165-mile special to 115 miles.
Two riders that seemed unaffected by the weather that caused major floods on the route were the KTM 450 Rally riders Cyril Despres and Marc Coma. By day’s end, the famed rivals had again finished first and second, this time Despres taking the top spot by 1:41 over Coma.
The nearest competitor was the Spaniard Juan Borreda Bort aboard a Husqvarna 450; Bort finished 12:42 behind the Frenchman Despres.
With his 28th-career stage victory in Dakar, Despres also extended his overall lead that he held since taking the Stage Three win. Despres was unstoppable for the 115 shortened miles over river beds and rocks, and now holds a 9:50 lead over the Spaniard Coma.
Dakar says: “In the general standings, the distance of 9:’50 at which the title holder finds himself is not an insurmountable obstacle, bearing in mind that Coma is capable of resounding feats. Behind the duo, the gap is imposing, however, and is growing every day by approximately ten minutes.”
The gap between the duo? Try 47 minutes 56 seconds. The man who currently holds the third-place position in the overall standings is Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues.
The man who took third in Stage Four behind Coma and Despres on Wednesday, Frans Verhoeven, fell back to 31st overall in the standings due to only lasting 31 miles in Stage Five; the Dutchman was forced to retire from the day due to mechanical problems on the Sheraco.
On Friday, Stage Six will take the motorcycle riders in 2012 Dakar on a climb of 4,700 meters to the top of the Andes, where freezing temperatures are expected with a chance of snow. But following these cold conditions arrives hot temperatures of the Atacama desert as the riders hit the Atacama Desert before reaching Copiapo’s sandy dunes in Chile. The total stage is 398 miles long, which includes a 153-mile special.
2012 Dakar Rally Results: Stage Five, Motorcycles:
2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Motorcycle Results Following Stage Five: