2012 Dakar: Stage 8 Results, Motorcycles
2012 Dakar Rally Results
Following the only rest day in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the motorcycle grid competed Monday in Stage Eight, a 448-mile route from Copiapo to Antofagasta, with 277 miles timed.
And the story remained the same up top, with the Cyril Despres and Marc Coma dual garnering all the attention.
Although the Spaniard Coma had navigational issues early in the stage, the MRW Red Bull AMV KTM rider, a three-time winner at Dakar, avoided getting trapped in the mud in the first few miles of the timed special, allowing him to take the win. It was Coma’s 20th stage victory in his Dakar history, and fourth this year.
Despres, also a three-time Dakar winner, wasn’t so lucky. The Frenchman got his Red Bull KTM 450 Rally trapped in the mud. Despres, eventually finished Stage Eight in sixth, 9:14 behind Coma. And due to the mistake, which caused him 10 minutes to free the KTM, Despres lost his overall lead.
Coma now leads Despres by 1:26 after eight of 14 stages. As for the other top finishers in Stage Eight, Coma was followed by KTM’s Ruben Faria (7:00 behind), Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues (7:10 behind), and Husqvarna’s Barreda Bort (8:44 behind).
Another man who got stuck with Despres was Husqvarna’s Paulo Goncalves. His error also dropped him fourth overall to fifth overall; Goncalves is now in fifth, 1:21:11 behind Coma. In fourth is Yamaha’s David Casteu (1:09:52 behind Coma) and third currently belongs to Rodrigues, who is 49:01 behind Coma.
Stage Nine on Tuesday will take competitors will take the motorcycle competitors 351 miles from Antofagasta to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Iquique. The 345-mile special stage will have two parts, with a connection route of only five miles.
2012 Dakar Rally: Stage Eight Results, Motorcycles:
2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Results Following Stage Eight: