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Dakar2012: Day 10

12
January
2012
  Posted at 07:30:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Last full day in Chile, and tomorrow on to Peru, a first for the Dakar Open link in a new window rally. The motorcycles had another tough day, but that's the Dakar, a tough day follows a tough day.

Cyril Despres Open link in a new window lost tme against his arch-rival Marc Coma Open link in a new window, and now only 21 seconds seperate them. 21 seconds is nothing, and anything can happen in the next few days, it's that close.

Spanish rider Joan Barreda took his first ever victory in the Dakar on his Husqvarna, and looks promosing as a future winner.

Marc Coma: "It's the tone that's been set for the rally and I think we'll keep on battling until the end. We keep trying to make the difference all the time and the entry into Peru will be decisive. The race will hinge on the smallest of margins. When the performance level is equivalent with the same team and the same bike, it's very difficult, both for him (Despres) and for me. But when it comes to the crunch, it will be entirely up to either one rider or the other."

Cyril Despres: "Another hard day and another tough battle with Marc. Starting first this morning I managed to stay out in front until around kilometre 230. Then Marc and I took it in turns to open the piste until the dash for the line where I finished in his dust. Congratulation to Barreda for his maiden victory. Apparently he hurt his foot quite badly in the special but still managed to take the win. A fine performance.
Tomorrow we have a marathon bivouac with no assistance. It comes at a critical moment in the rally where the smallest thing could tip the balance either way. Hopefully my mechanic’s training will serve me well!"

Here are the photos of yesterday. courtesy KTM Open link in a new window and Maragni M. Open link in a new window. Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them after they have all fully loaded

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Christopher Birch
Open image in a new window  Christopher Birch       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Felipe Zanol
Open image in a new window  Felipe Zanol       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Johnny Aubert
Open image in a new window  Johnny Aubert        © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Marek Dabrowski
Open image in a new window  Marek Dabrowski       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Marek Dabrowski
Open image in a new window  Marek Dabrowski       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 10 Ruben Faria
Open image in a new window  Ruben Faria       © Maragni M. KTM Images


Via: KTM & Maragni M.



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