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Dakar2012: Day 8

10
January
2012
  Posted at 08:30:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Race day 8, the day after the rest day on Sunday, sees big changes and issues surrounding the Dakar Open link in a new window rally, specially in the motorcycle category.

Marc Coma Open link in a new window started as first, followed by Cyril Despres Open link in a new window. Not far from the start, the track went past a dried up river bed, which had received a lot of water in the last few days, and turned into deep mud. Coma managed to navigate himself out of it without any problems, but Despres went straight into the trap and got stuck as did many after him (they were just following his tracks). He ended up 15 minutes behind Coma, and far behind him in the medal ladder.

Despres's team complained, specially since the organizers closed that part of the track after the first 5 or so got stuck, and finally the race stewards credited Despres with the time lost, so now he's only 1 minute 24 seconds behind. But was it fair???

Coma was not given any time credits, but he circumnavigated the mud trap loosing time in the process. Something does not look right here.

Alex Doringer, Team Manager for the KTM Factory Team said: “We welcome the fact that Cyril’s times have been reinstated, but we feel that if this decision was based on sporting fairness, then Marc’s time should also have been adjusted

Marc Coma: “It was a very long special,” he said. “I was lucky not to lose too much time in the mud and then I saw I could open a gap, so I attacked really hard. This is my 20th special victory. That’s a nice figure but it’s not winning the special that count, it’s winning the race. And I know there is still a long week of racing ahead.” 

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

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Christopher Birch
Open image in a new window  Christopher Birch       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Cyril Despres 1
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Cyril Despres 1
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Maragni M. KTM Images

Dakar2012 Cyril Despres Mud Covered
© REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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France's Cyril Depres on his KTM arrives at the bivouac of the eight stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Copiapo to Antofagasta, January 9, 2012. Despres lost his first place in the overall standings after his motorbike got stuck in mud during the stage. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen


Dakar2012 Cyril Despres Mud Covered
© REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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France's Cyril Depres arrives on his KTM at the bivouac of the eighth stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from Copiapo to Antofagasta, January 9, 2012. Despres lost his first place in the overall standings after his motorbike got stuck in mud during the stage. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen


Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Jacek Czachor
Open image in a new window  Jacek Czachor       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Johnny Aubert
Open image in a new window  Johnny Aubert        © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Juan Garcia Pedrero
Open image in a new window  Juan Garcia Pedrero       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Marek Dabrowski
Open image in a new window  Marek Dabrowski       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Mohammed Balooshi
Open image in a new window  Mohammed Balooshi       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 8 Ruben Faria
Open image in a new window  Ruben Faria       © Maragni M. KTM Images


Via: KTM & Maragni M. & News Yahoo & Reuters



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