Dakar 2017: Eduard Nikolaev pays tribute to Mother Russia


The Dakar 2017 was the setting chosen for contemplate the
the umpteenth battle between Kamaz and Iveco
. A priori, the training of Gerard de Rooy
started with advantage, not only for the victory achieved a year before, but due to
the economic problems that drag Kamaz and that among other things they were not left
brand new in this Dakar the new truck with cabin boating source Mercedes.
All in all, the raid more hard of the world has its own script and at the end Kamaz has added another victory to his resume, in this case of the hand of Eduard
Nikolaev, Evgeny Yakovlev and Vladimir Rybakov

Eduard Nikolaev is old dog and his ten participations in
the Dakar prior to this edition have allowed him to see the race with a certain
. In the line marked in the car by the frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, the
Russian pilot stopped ‘running’ the first two stages and was gradually raising its
pace to ascend to the lead of the truck category in the tenth
stage. Prior to that time, knew how to keep calm in the stages less
conducive to his riding, and their interests
, watching as slowly his rivals
were losing a bellows or descolgaban by mechanical problems or errors.

The first victory of Eduard Nikolaev came in third
, same day that Gerard de Rooy was left for 34 minutes because of a
prick and a series of mechanical problems. In the same way, before the day
rest and the cancellation of two of the key stages of the Dakar, had already
off the hook Federico Villagra as a result of the complications of the argentine
in the
fifth special, a Hans Stacey lacking pace with his MAN and Martin Van den
Brink, capable of switching two stage victories with days to forget
competitive terms.


All in all, the whims of the Dakar have wished that Eduard
Nikolaev has certified his victory in the last three stages of the rally
, all
while Dmitry Sotnikov was the leader after the cancellation of the ninth
stage. At that time the two pilots of Kamaz were separated by 1:46
minutes, while Gerard de Rooy stalked crouching at 2:20 of the leader, is
say, less than 40 seconds of Nikolaev. However, the three stage wins
consecutive Eduard Nikolaev in the last three days competitive
rally decanted the balance in favour of Nikolaev in favor of Sotnikov, any time
two punctures away to De Rooy of the fight

Be that as it may, Eduard Nikolaev has added his second
‘Touareg’ and has placed the replica of the victory which she gained in 2013, Dakar
the already racing along to the mechanic Vladimir Rybakov, but not with the airbag
Evgeny Yakovlev
, which has debuted this year in the truck of Nikolaev for
get your first victory. A win that gives the Truck a breath of fresh air
fresh without doubt it can be the last push to make its debut with the new
truck. All for Mother Russia.