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Dakar2012: Day 12

14
January
2012
  Posted at 07:45:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Almost there, and all the cards have been played. The top 2 motorcycle riders, Marc Coma Open link in a new window and Cyril Despres Open link in a new window, both on KTM Open link in a new window motorcycles are still very close, with Coma re-taking the lead, but this time, Despres will not start immediately behind Coma, so the chances that he will overtake areslim. The top 3 for Day 12 were all Spanish.

The terrible dunes were reasonably easy, compared to the picture drawn by the organizers. More media attention is currently given to the fight between Robby Gordon vs The Rest of the World.

Marc Coma: "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."

Cyril Despres: "It was 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."

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 12 Bivouac
Open image in a new window  Bivouac       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Alessandro Botturi
Open image in a new window  Alessandro Botturi       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Gerard Farres
Open image in a new window  Gerard Farres       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Jacek Czachor
Open image in a new window  Jacek Czachor       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Marek Dabrowski
Open image in a new window  Marek Dabrowski       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Ruben Faria
Open image in a new window  Ruben Faria       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 12 Stefan Svitko
Open image in a new window  Stefan Svitko       © Maragni M. KTM Images


Via: KTM & Maragni M.



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