2012 Dakar Rally Results
Following the not-so surprising results of Stage 12 Friday in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the typical saga continues between KTM rivals Cyril Despres and Marc Coma.
Heading into Friday, each rider had four stage wins, but Coma added to his tally, winning Stage 12, which took the riders 319 miles from Arequipa to Nasca along the Pacific Coast in Peru, with 152 miles timed.The stage win was Coma’s fifth of 2012, and 21st of his career. The MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally rider beat his fellow country Barreda Bort on the Speedbrain Husqvarna 450 RR Rally, fellow KTM rider Jordi Viladoms.As for Despres, the Frenchman performed well in Stage 12, but finished fourth, 3:57 behind Coma.With only two stages remaining before the finish line in Lima, this was a very important win for Coma. With his victory, Coma regained the overall lead, having 1:35 over Despres. In third is Yamaha’s Helder Rodrigues, who is 1:13:39 behind Coma.Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “It was a difficult day. I set off four minutes after Cyril and I managed to catch up with him. For the entire first part of the special I mainly focused on navigation, because there was absolutely no room for mistakes.“After that, I knew that there would be good opportunities to attack in the second part and that’s where I managed to regain ground on Cyril. It’s no way near over, because there’s another big stage tomorrow.”Coma had an optimal advantage Friday, starting four minutes behind Despres, the Frenchman having to take to the route first. During the first 89 miles, Coma’s and Despres’ times were close, but it wasn’t until the final dunes that Coma was able to increase his pace and catch Despres.Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally) says: “It was a magnificent stage, one of the finest specials that I’ve ridden on the Dakar over the last few years. In sporting terms, I expected that Marc was going to catch up with me and that it wouldn’t be a good day.“But it was majestic. I don’t have any regrets, because I attacked throughout the first part. You have to go for broke on this Dakar; it’s not a race where you can play the waiting game. Against Marc Coma, I’m doing battle with an excellent rider. He’s quick and clever. So, I try and find the right pace. Apparently, there are riders in between us, so that’s good news for the start tomorrow.”But his fourth-place finish may be a strategy, considering Despres will now start fourth behind the riders in the penultimate stage that will take the riders from Nasca to Pisco 233 miles, with 170 miles timed.2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 12 Results, Motorcycles:
2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Results Following Stage 12: