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2011 Dakar Rally News
After 9605 km, the Dakar 2011 is back to Buenos Aires. The last stage was the hardest for Aprilia Giofil Team.
Francisco Lopez watches how his virtual podium fades away while Alain Duclos receives a huge penalty after yesterday´s mistake. It´s just the Dakar’s law.
2011 Dakar Rally
407 racers and crew will take the starter’s orders for the 2011 Dakar Argentina Chile, which begins tomorrow with a starting ceremony at the foot of the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, followed by a warm-up stage to Victoria, before a first timed stage on Sunday morning.
Dakar Stage 13 Results
Click video to see the highlights from Stage 13 of the 2010 Dakar as the Norwegian Pal Ullevalseter won the motorbike stage of the race.
The victory took Ullevalseter (KTM) into second place in the overall standings, leapfrogging the Chilean Francisco Lopez who finished 5min 35sec behind the Norwegian in fourth place on his Aprilia.
"A fantastic stage for me. I started third and after 40km I was in the lead," said Ullevalseter.
Dakar Stage Twelve (12) Results
Click video to see the highlights from Stage Twelve (12) of the 2010 Dakar as Lopez wins another motorcycle stage.
In the motorbikes, Chile’s Francisco Lopez won the stage on his Aprilia, ahead of France’s David Fretigne on a Yamaha, who was 40 seconds off the pace, with Norway’s Pal Ullevalseter, on a KTM, 1min 13sec behind the winner.
"It was a wonderful stage and very hot at the end, a technical and tough special," Lopez said.
With a third special stage victory on the Dakar 2010, Francisco Lopez has stolen a march in his combat with Pal-Anders Ullevalseter for 2nd place in the general standings, which are still dominated by Cyril Despres. Two days from the finish in Buenos Aires, Carlos Sainz slightly increased his lead over Nasser Al Attiyah, but the gap is still only 5’20”. In the truck race, Vladimir Chagin chalked up another victory, bringing his score for 2010 to nine.
Dakar Stage Eleven (11) Results
Click video to see the highlights from Stage Eleven (11) of the 2010 Dakar as Verhoeven wins the motorcycling section for BMW.
Verhoeven edged out American Jonah Street by three seconds while Frenchman Cyril Despres, seventh on the stage over four minutes in arrears, remained comfortably in the overall lead with just three stages remaining.
"I’m very happy to be here at the end of the stage. I had a lot of difficulties during the first two or three days," said Verhoeven.
KTM’s Cyril Despres put in a solid day’s ride across the Andes to San Juan on Wednesday to retain the overall lead by 1 hour 20’54" as the Dakar "caravan" 2010 returned to Argentina. Despres was seventh in the 11th stage but only 4’21" behind the stage leader Frans Verhoeven.
Despres said it had been a nice stage and confirmed he is having too much fun to hold back for the sake of caution. "It was strange at the beginning, because after 13 km, there was a banner stopping us following a track," he said after the day’s ride.
Number 2 for Lopez
In Copiapo, "Chaleco" Lopez won his second stage in Chile this year and steps onto the provisional podium for the Dakar, on which Ullevalseter also climbed a step, but still with a big gap to race leader Despres. In the car race, the stage was won by a competitor running after a lost cause: Stéphane Peterhansel, 4th in the general standings more than two hours behind Sainz, grabbed his 54th stage victory. In the truck category, Vladimir Chagin was also the quickest in the stage for the 54th time on the Dakar.
Riders in the Dakar 2010 tackled their penultimate day in the dry and daunting Atacama Desert near Chile’s Pacific coastline for Stage Eight with KTM’s Marc Coma placing second by just 42 second behind local favorite Francisco Lopez while overall leader Cyril Despres finished fifth.
Marc Coma’s Mission
The many navigation mistakes of his contenders allowed Marc Coma to finish with the best time of the day in the bike category and to move up four places in the overall standings. Moreover Italian rider Luca Manca, who was ranking ninth this morning in the overall standings, had to be evacuated from the track after a very serious fall in the early hours of the stage (see special press release). In the car category, Stéphane Peterhansel beat all three top Volkswagen winning the 53rd special stage of his Dakar career.
Francisco Lopez wins a second special stage in his Dakar career in Chile once again and strategically places himself as the true challenger of Cyril Despres following him at 37’37” in the standings after a gloom and doom stage for Casteu – who had to withdraw – and for Coma. In the car category, Stéphane Peterhansel drops down the standings. His misfortune is a blessing for Volkswagen with Mark Miller winning his first special stage on a Dakar and Sainz taking the lead in the standings.