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Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 16Jan

17
January
2007
  Posted at 11:06:08 AM
  File under  Dakar Race Honda
  Author: Honda Press Release
  Location: Normandy, France

Dakar Rally 2007 Stage 10: January 16th, Néma - Néma

Liaison : 10 km - Special : 366 km - Liaison : 24 km
Total : 400 km.

THIERRY BETHYS TAKES EQUAL SIXTH IN THE DAKAR RALLY STAGE CLASSIFICATION!


For security reasons, the organisers cancelled the special stage between Néma and Timbuktu and replaced it with a 400km loop stage on twisty and sandy tracks around the bivouac. Thierry Bethys enjoyed an excellent stage time and finished second in the 450cc category and sixth overall on the stage.

THIERRY BETHYS
THIERRY BETHYS

THIERRY BETHYS
(FRANCE) N°85 : « I am very happy with my stage, but I had a small fall… nothing too serious but it was good in the sense that it made me ride a little calmer... I requested that the organisers gave me back the 15 minutes that I lost yesterday at the scene of Giovanni Sala’s accident and that enabled me to retake some time on Marchini, who is second in the 450cc category, a little over quarter of an hour in front of me. »


PAULO CONCALVEZ
(PORTUGAL) N°33 : « This was a good stage for me and I finished 12th ! I caught up some time on some of the first riders and I hope to continue in this way as far as Dakar. »

HENK KNUIMAN
(BELGIUM) N°11 : « In a corner, I fell and I twisted my left thumb… It was like a Bobsleigh track…fast, easy but without navigation and not of great interest. It was fast and so dangerous. »

GREGOIRE BLONDEL
GREGOIRE BLONDEL

GREGOIRE BLONDEL
(FRANCE) N°83 : « The track was excellent for the cars but not for the bikes. There were too many corners, it was slippery and I was not too amused ! »

EVERT KROON
EVERT KROON

EVERT KROON
(HOLLAND) N° 208 : « It was very hard ! 400km in the sand, on a twisty track. I am physically drained. I do not think that I will do the Dakar again. But good, I arrived and I am happy. »

TEUS VISSER
TEUS VISSER

TEUS VISSER
(HOLLAND) N°82 : « It was easy today, simple, without difficulties and without interest. »

THOMAS DE BOIS
THOMAS DE BOIS

THOMAS DE BOIS
(HOLLAND) N°173 : « I found that it was a difficult special stage with a lot of very fine sand, like fesh-fesh. It demanded a lot of concentration because the bike dipped often at the front. But I am here, in Néma,and I am happy! »

450CC CLASSIFICATION ON THE STAGE (PROVISIONAL)


1. Rodrigues (Yamaha) 4h12’55
2. BETHYS (FRA) HONDA 4h19’56
3. Marchini (Yamaha) 4h20’22
4. CONCALVEZ (POR) HONDA 4h30’24
5. KNUIMAN (HOL) HONDA 4h39’38
35. BLONDEL (FR) HONDA 6h00’30
47. DE BOIS (NL) HONDA 6h38’46
48. VISSER (NL) HONDA 6h39’15
51. KROON (NL) HONDA 6h47’02

OVERALL 450CC CLASSIFICATION (PROVISIONAL)


1. Rodrigues (Por) Yamaha 43h47’26
2. Marchini (Yamaha) 43h34’35
3. BETHYS (FRA) HONDA 44h50’01
4. KNUIMAN (HOL) HONDA 45h48’23
13. CONCALVEZ (POR) HONDA 50h44’20
33. BLONDEL (FR) HONDA 60h57’44
41. KROON (NL) HONDA 67h08’38
49. VISSER (NL) HONDA 69h43’31
51. DE BOIS (NL) HONDA 69h58’12





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