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Dakar2012: Day 4

5
January
2012
  Posted at 08:30:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race KTM
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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The Dakar Open link in a new window rally is now in full swing. All competitors are on their rhythm, but many are falling off, especially in the motorcycle field. Have the organizers made this year's edition too tough? 22 riders have withdrawn in 3 days!

It's amazing to watch the superpros battling it out, it makes the "normal" pros look ... normal. The fight between Cyril Despres Open link in a new window and Marc Coma Open link in a new window is intensifying, and even a really great enduro rider like Frans Verhoeven Open link in a new window just doesn't get close. The fight between the two arch rivals looks like it's going to be until the last round, they are so evenly matched.

Cyril Despres: "I have never ridden 122 kilometres down a riverbed before – that was a very hard – the concentration demanded by the navigation was almost as exhausting as the riding! Opening the piste this morning the plan was to take it easy and above all not to make any big mistakes. When you employ that tactic you accept to lose a little bit of time, so I can’t tell you how pleased I am to lose just 2 minutes! It could have been so much more. I made a small error with the road book right at the beginning, but instead of getting worked up, I stuck to my plan and minimised the damage. Then towards the end I was feeling good, and the bike was working well, so I decided to attack a little and got some of the time back I lost this morning back. A great day of rally-raid. Tomorrow we have another tough day to Fiambala and I will again need to stay very focused."

Marc Coma: “It was a very tough special, in particular at the beginning with the fast start. Then we had to focus on the navigation and tackle a lot of water in the rivers. I tried to ride at a very fast pace from the beginning, but it was difficult. I was able to overtake a few riders and make up some time on Cyril. Fiambala and many other stages still lie ahead. That is the way things are right now. And I keep on fighting every day."

Here are the photos of Day 4, courtesy KTM Open link in a new window and Maragni M. Open link in a new window. All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them after they have all fully loaded.

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Christopher Birch
Open image in a new window  Christopher Birch       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres        © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Daniel Schroeder
Open image in a new window  Daniel Schroeder       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Darryl Curtis
Open image in a new window  Darryl Curtis       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Felipe Zanol
Open image in a new window  Felipe Zanol       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Jacek Czachor
Open image in a new window  Jacek Czachor       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Johnny Aubert
Open image in a new window  Johnny Aubert        © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Juan Garcia Pedrero
Open image in a new window  Juan Garcia Pedrero       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Marek Dabrowski
Open image in a new window  Marek Dabrowski       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Mohammed Balooshi
Open image in a new window  Mohammed Balooshi       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Pal Anders Ullevalseter
Open image in a new window  Pal Anders Ullevalseter       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 4 Ruben Faria
Open image in a new window  Ruben Faria       © Maragni M. KTM Images


Via: KTM & Maragni M.



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