Cyril Despres reveled in the fast conditions of Stage Five of the Dakar as riders tackled 668 km with a long 483 km special through the foothills of the Atamaca Desert in Chile, finishing just 1’30 behind stage winner Chilean Francisco Lopez to extend his overall lead to 37’37.
The second longest stage in the Dakar 2010 from Copiapo to Antofagasta was billed as one that would test riders’ concentration and stamina. It also had its share of drama.
Coma Gains Ground
With a 9th stage victory in the Dakar, Marc Coma regains some ground in the general standings of a race still dominated by Cyril Despres. In the car category, the desert gave Robby Gordon’s Hummer wings; the US driver wins the stage thanks to a tiny second lead over Stéphane Peterhansel. In the truck category, Vladimir Chagin celebrates his 40th birthday by getting a 51st special stage victory in the Dakar, his fourth in the four stages of this year’s edition.
Marc Coma, the current Dakar title holder and KTM-supported rider rose to the challenge on Tuesday to take victory in the fourth stage of the Dakar 2010 as riders descended down the Andes into Chile heading for the notorious Atacama Desert.
KTM’s Cyril Despres came in third in the stage, 3’14 behind Coma but continues to maintain his overall lead. He is currently almost nine minutes in front of second placed David Casteu in the overall rankings.
‘09 Dakar Argentina Chile
As the 2010 Dakar kicks off on January 1st for the second consecutive year in Argentina and Chile, this video looks back on the race results from last year.
The 2010 race includes 14 stages that are summaries by three distinct phases.
As the 2010 Dakar rally is about to kick-off on Janaury 1, 2010, it is important to note the planning and massive safety measures that have gone into place. The nature of the terrains, population density and presence of infrastructures in the field all need to be considered when drawing up the safety policy.
Dakar Starts January 1st
The 2010 Dakar race is welcomed for the second consecutive year by Argentina and by Chile. The two countries have decided to start the year of the festivities of the bicentennial of their independence with the Dakar that will precisely take off from Buenos Aires on January 1st, 2010 for the incredible 8600 kilometers (5,344 miles) journey.
Motorcycle Diaries Plus
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