Dakar 2016, stage 9: Hardness reflected in 'goal'


heat, lots of Heat. The ninth stage of the Dakar in the desert of Fiambalá has left in extreme temperatures, and high hardness. The neutralization has been a logical step, but one that many pilots do not understand or share. Giniel de Villiers, Nasser Al-Attiyah or Toby Price have been some of the riders who have complained of the decision of the ASO in the improvised goal, the whole time that the end-point of the stage, which has been designated in the CPW / WP4. Day, in any case, defeats and successes that has left two notable figures: Toby Price and Carlos Sainz.

despite everything, Toby Price has given a recital: “The navigation has gone well, although we have made a mistake looking for a way point. And the stage had its difficulties, but in the end the balance of the day is good. It was hot, but I’m fine. It is a pity that it has cancelled the last part of the special. Some of them will come good. The way things are. In any case I am happy to have made it to the end. Svitko was behind me. The bike was working well again. The team has done a great job”.


For his part, Carlos Sainz has been positioned as a leader in the category
car: “it Has been a difficult journey. There was a lot of navigation, outside
track and soft sand. In a stage like today could spend many
things and that, precisely, is what happened to us. We
we have been stranded on the sand two times, and we’ve suffered three
punctures slow. Finally we succeeded to win the stage. A stage
less. Tomorrow will be a day very difficult, especially bearing in mind that the
bikes don’t come in front so that we will not be able to follow his lines”.

nine minutes lost has finished the stage, Stéphane Peterhansel:
“It is up to the organization to decide after assessing all the
aspects. I, personally, approve of the decisions of the organization.
Today it was very hot, the ground was very soft, and the sand, also.
We have had a real slalom between the vegetation. Morning
we expected another difficult stage. It will be our last chance. The
last chance we have to recover the leadership it tomorrow.
We are ready for these conditions, we have trained ourselves. The
temperature is not easy, but we know to deal with it”.