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Rally of Morocco 2012: Day 3 - Despres Drops To 2nd; Coma Withdraws

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Racing KTM
  Author: KTM Press Release
  Location: Normandy, France
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NOTE: Below the results you will find a self-made video interview of/by Cyril Despres about Marc's accident and the day's stage.

KTM’s lead factory riders ran out of luck on Wednesday in Stage Three of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco Open OiLibya Rally of Morocco in a new window with Despres dropping to overall second after finishing eleventh in the stage and Marc Coma crashing and having to withdraw with a dislocated shoulder.

Click for bigger version of Morocco 2012 Marc Coma
Open image in a new window  Marc Coma       © Chytka M.

Despres opened the track on Wednesday with Coma close behind. But not far into the day’s 357 km ride between Erfoud and Zaragora. He crashed in an off-piste area covered in camel grass, hit a pile of sand with his rear wheel and was catapulted over the handlebars of his KTM 450 Rally bike. Portugal's Helder Rodrigues, who was following Coma stopped to assist him until Coma’s KTM factory teammate stayed with him until the arrival of the helicopter. He was moved to a hospital in Er Rachidia for x-rays and it was established he had dislocated but not fractured his shoulder. He is now on his way back to Spain and will undergo full medical checks in Barcelona tomorrow.

Click for bigger version of Morocco 2012 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Chytka M.

The accident also had repercussions for teammate Despres, who began to suspect something had happened to his teammate when he failed to see dust from the other bike. He then suffered a lapse of concentration and made several navigational errors, eventually finishing eleventh in the stage and sacrificing his significant lead built up over the first two days. He now trails Rodrigues by 11 minutes going into the fourth stage.

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Open image in a new window  Juan Pedrero      © Chytka M.

Rodrigues was second in the stage behind Portugal’s Paolo Goncalves and as is customary, organizers gave him back the time he spent with Coma waiting for medical assistance. Chaleco Lopez of Chile was the fastest KTM rider in the stage, finishing third 2 minutes 50 behind the leader.  

Click for bigger version of Morocco 2012 Cyril Despres
Open image in a new window  Cyril Despres      © Chytka M.

Results Stage Three

(Total distance 357 km, 291 km timed)

1, Paolo Goncalves, Portugal Husqvarna, 2 hours 52,24
2, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Honda at 0.03
3, Chaleco Lopez, Chile, KTM, 2, 50

4, Joan Barrera, Spain, Husqvarna at 5.28
5, David Casteu, France, Yamaha at 5.49
Other KTM

7, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM, 8.06
11, Cyril Despres, France, KTM at 11.55
14, Darryl Curtis, South Africa, KTM, 16.43
15, Riaan Van-Niekerk, South Africa KTM, 16.45
17, Juan Pedrero, Spain, KTM 18.53
19, Henk Nuimann, Netherlands, 21.44
20, Kuba Przgonski, Poland, 21.44

Standings after Stage 3

1, Rodrigues, 9 hours 29.42
2, Despres, at 11 minutes 01

3, Barreda at 16.21
4, Goncalves at 17.35
5, Lopez at 26.35
Other KTM

9, Pedrero at 44.09
12, Przgonski at 1:03.07
14, Botturi at 1:15.39 1: 08.27 (30 min penalty)
15, Curtis, 1:26.01
16, Van-Niekerk, 1:26.21

Cyril Despres About Day 3 of OiLibya Rally of Morocco (1 minutes 31 seconds)

Click to see the Video clip

Via: KTM

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