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Dakar2012: Day 9

11
January
2012
  Posted at 07:30:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Day 9 saw the incredible and scary sand dune of Iquique, a monster of a dune that would make any downhill skier green of envy, but now the Dakar Open link in a new window racers needed to ride it down on their motorcycle after the longest stage of the whole race. Not an easy accomplishment.

Day 9 saw the motorcycles racing in sand and fesh-fesh for some 500 kms, and Cyril Despres Open link in a new window regained the lead from Marc Coma Open link in a new window, but you can see that both racers are tired.

One more day, and they are on the final stretch, and into Peru, a first.

Marc Coma: "We knew that this would be difficult today. It was a long special and there was plenty of navigation to deal with. We’re not coming to the crunch part of the rally. Cyril is a major rival and we do battle over every single kilometer. But I think it’s interesting, its sport."

Cyril Despres: "Obviously I started this morning with the firm intention of pulling back some lost time. Unfortunately things didn’t go quite according to plan as I got stuck behind another rider for over 100 kilometres! Still I finished the first special about three and a half minutes up. Then on the second special both Marc and I attacked very hard. So hard in fact that we took about seven minutes off third placed man Barreda in 90 kilometres - and he’s a quick moto-x rider! Physically I didn’t feel too bad on the bike, after yesterday’s excursions in the mud, but now, having arrived at the bivouac I’m feeling pretty stiff all over."

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 9 Christopher Birch
Open image in a new window  Christopher Birch       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Felipe Zanol
Open image in a new window  Felipe Zanol       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Jacek Czachor
Open image in a new window  Jacek Czachor       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Johnny Aubert
Open image in a new window  Johnny Aubert        © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Click for bigger version of Dakar2012 9 Ruben Faria
Open image in a new window  Ruben Faria       © Maragni M. KTM Images


Via: KTM & Maragni M.



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