2012 Dakar: Stage 11 Results, Motorcycles
2012 Dakar Rally Results
Upon finishing Stage 11 Thursday in the 2012 Dakar Rally, Red Bull KTM’s Cyril Despres wisely noted – “anything can happen in Dakar.”
This was true of the Frenchman’s performance during Stage 11, which took the motorcycle competitors 438 miles from Arica to Arequipa, Peru, with 331 miles timed.
Despres struggled a bit while crossing a stream, and took a minor fall, having to push his KTM 450 Rally a bit. But once he regained his remounted and regained his rhythm, the three-time Dakar winner went on to win his fourth-stage victory of 2012 and 30th of his career at the event coined as the “world’s toughest race.”
Finishing 1:39 behind Despres was fellow KTM rider Farres Guell (Spain), and teammate/rival Marc Coma (Spain) 2:01 behind.
Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “After a modification to the road-book, one of the tracks wasn’t very visible. I rode 100 meters to far, but I saw that Marc was turning round, even though he started two minutes before me.
“The day already started with a bath in a stream, pushing alongside the bike. It was a tough day, all in all! An important development might be if someone moves in between Marc and me.
“In any case, apart from attacking and riding, there wasn’t much to do today. Mind you, if Farres has actually finished 2nd, it’s not good for me. Tomorrow will be complicated, but anything can happen on the Dakar.”
Despres, who became the first rider to win in Peru, the 27th country to be featured in the Dakar Rally, also built his lead on Coma in the overall standings after 11 of 14 stages; Despres now leads Coma by 2:22 in he general standings.
Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “We had a mixture of several types of terrain: earthy, sandy and stony. It was predictable that Cyril would gain time on me today. I’m going to try my utmost right until the end.
“There are three days left to give it everything. It’s difficult to define a strategy when Cyril is riding flat out in front! I’ll just have to follow him. It won’t be flat out, but the pace will again be quick, like it has been since the beginning of the race.”
As a result of Farres Guell’s second-place finish, the Catalan will begin Stage 12 Friday ahead of Marc Coma, allowing Coma “the possibility to ‘easily’ regain four minutes over” Despres.
Furthermore, another Gallic rider Johnny Aubert, promoted to water carrier for Coma after the withdrawal of Joan Pedrero yesterday, also put in a superb performance to accomplish the fourth best time of the day and will now start the next stage just behind his leader.
Heading into Stage 11, Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues had a stronghold on third overall, but he lost much time on Thursday. The Portuguese rider lost some time due to stalling his motorcycle at a river crossing, and now trails Despres by 1:08:40. Rodrigues now holds a 16:06 over KTM’s Jordi Viladoms.
During Stage 12 on Friday, the Dakar motorcycle competitors will travel 319 miles from Arequipa to Nasca along the Pacific Coast in Peru, with 152 miles timed.
2012 Dakar Rally Results: Stage 11, Motorcycles:
2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Results Following Stage 11: