Yamaha and Helder Rodrigues have premiered their track record in this Dakar, a goal that has not been possible to reach the fifth place overall: “it Has been a nice day for me. In general terms, the second week has been much better. Last weekend I hurt my shoulder but I’m fine. I attacked to try to get me with the fifth position, but at the same time I had to roll safely. I took a good pace and I enjoyed the stage. I managed to overtake both Toby Price as Antoine Meo“.
For his part, Toby Price strokes his first Dakar after living a stage of pure control: “Has been a stage very long and the ground was not easy as there were lots of stones. I’ve left the track on several occasions, fortunately without consequences. Helder caught up with me and advance. I have decided to let you go and continue at my own pace. Wore the wheels a bit to the limit. Victory is near, but you have to wait to tomorrow to know if I can enter in the history of the rally to the becoming the first rider to win the race in its second participation“.
Another that has released his list of achievements, and in this case the absolute form,
it has been Mikko Hirvonen: “it Has been a difficult stage, with lot of changes
of rhythm. Luckily I have not had any punctures. at The end I have been a
bit faster than Nasser Al-Attiyah avoiding to have big problems
in the special. I think we have worked well, but small mistakes
have been able to get out very expensive. I still have many things to learn about
if I compare myself with someone like Nasser, for example. Despite all of this,
I think I can be satisfied with my first Dakar“.
both, Stéphane Peterhansel was filmed in safe mode: “it Has been a stage
long, with a path much more narrow and technical than I thought.
truth is that it has been very stressful. You should give with balance
just. Seb and Daniel have arrived late, but we have waited in
the special to make, that of angels of the guard. In the desert it was
Cyril Despres who has assumed that role and now the track gets the
turn of Sébastien Loeb. We have worked hard for two years at Peugeot
to win this Dakar“.