2012 Dakar: Stage 10 Results, Motorcycles
For the first time since Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez won the first stage in the 2012 Dakar Rally, a rider other than KTM’s Cyril Despres or Marc Coma was victorious.
This victory arrived after Speedbrain Husqvarna’s Joan Barreda Bort took Stage 10 Wednesday, which took riders from Iquique to Arica.
But it was far from an easy win; around 21 miles into the 234-mile timed special, Bort’s foot whacked a rock around 75 mph.
Despite the severe injury, though, the Spaniard, who finished in the top five during three special stages in 2012 Dakar, popped a few painkillers and finished the stage 1:32 ahead of Coma, and 3:39 ahead of Despres.
Joan Barreda Bort (Speedbrain Husqvarna 450RR Rally Dakar) says: “After the rear wheel problems I had on the 3rd day, I’ve been taking it day by day. On the last stages it has been better and yesterday, for example, I saw that I could go on the attack, so I went for it.
“On today’s stage, I had a problem with my foot. On a very quick bend, where I was at 120 kmph, I hit a stone with my foot and I thought that the impact had torn my leg off. When I arrived at the refueling zone, I took some painkillers and it was ok until the end of the stage.
“I even sped up. We’ll see what’s happened to me. I thought I might have fractured my shin, but I don’t think I have. I don’t know how serious the injury is, but I think I should be ok and be able to finish in Lima.”
As for the severity of Bort’s foot injury, additional information has yet to be released. Overall, Bort is in 14th position, 3:29:27 behind Despres.
With his second-place finish Wednesday, Coma has shortened Despres’ overall lead in 2012 Dakar. As both KTM riders chase their fourth Dakar Rally victory, the Frenchman Despres no leads Coma by a mere 21 seconds after 10 of 14 stages.
Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “It was all going well for me until the 225-km point and I’d managed to keep up a good pace. But I made a small navigation mistake and that’s when Marc overtook me. He was with Joan Barreda, who I’d like to congratulate on riding a superb stage.
“At this level, every second counts! It’s a scenario that I thought might happen, so I’m not surprised. I’m just happy to have got through another day. In any case, staying out in front for the whole 377 km whilst riding flat out isn’t easy. If I finish in his dust or him in mine, it doesn’t change that much.”
Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “It’s the tone that’s been set for the rally and I think we’ll keep on battling until the end. We keep trying to make the difference all the time and the entry into Peru will be decisive.
“The race will hinge on the smallest of margins. When the performance level is equivalent with the same team and the same bike, it’s very difficult, both for him and for me. But when it comes to the crunch, it will be entirely to do with one rider or the other.”
Behind the KTM leaders, Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues has a stronghold on the third overall position. He took the fourth best time in Stage 10, and due to a fall by Husqvarna’s Paulo Goncalves, Rodrigues sits in third, 45:56 behind Despres and 32:56 ahead of KTM’s Jordi Viladoms in fourth.
On Thursday, Stage 11 will take the motorcycle competitors 438 miles from Arica to Arequipa, with 331 miles timed.
2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 10 Results, Motorcycles (overall results below):
2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Results Following Stage 10: