Dakar 2017, stage 9: 800 miles to a 'Touareg'


The Dakar 2017 has lived a very rugged for Bolivia
that has finished and completed with the natural disaster that plagues the region
of Jujuy, as in Argentina. For various reasons, the organization of the Dakar
has been forced to suspend two stages and reduce the mileage in the three
, which in competitive terms it means that the distances are
very short and so there are only three stages for the resolution of the rally.
We reviewed the options of the pilots candidates to get the ‘Touareg’
Buenos Aires in the five categories that make up the appointment to south america. 800 kilometers
will decide everything


Sébastien Loeb and Stéphane Peterhansel are the two great
‘Touareg’ in the car, although it cannot be ruled out of the fight
Cyril Despres and spaniard Nani Roma. All in all, the pace shown by the duet French, the
type of special there are here at the end of the rally and the short mileage
to make a difference let Despres and Rome almost to the pending decision of
the two leaders
, any time you give up 17:17 and 23:36 minutes, respectively.
Ruled out of the fight is Mikko Hirvonen, but the finn should
to finish the Dakar as the best pilot of X-Raid.

Loeb and stéphane Peterhansel are separated by 1:38 minutes, a
minimum difference taking into account that both have exchanged the leadership of
the test. Sébastien Loeb was the leader for two days after the victory of
stage in the second special stage of the rally. The nine times champion of the WRC also got
the triumph on the fifth day
and finally, in the eighth special, result
this last that helped him to overtake Peterhansel. For his part, Mr. Dakar
he has to his credit two victories
, in the third and seventh stage, which has
valid to retain the lead over the three days competitivas.



category UTV is a priori not the only one that gets resolved at the
end of the Dakar
. With only five participants in the fray after withdrawals of
Joan Font, Santiago Navarro and the andorran Andreu Cachafeiro and some distances
sidereal among the participants, just a mistake or a mechanical breakdown could
to separate the brazilian Leandro Torres of victory
in Buenos Aires. After curdling
a Dakar 2016 very interesting in the which ended in the 57th of the general
cars, the differentiation of the UTV as a category allows you to power
aspire to a triumph in spite of the level of the participants chinese.

In this aspect, Leandro Torres and his co-pilot Lourival
Roland have made the regular basis your best virtue
. In fact, the couple
brazil only has to win a stage, that added up in the third
day of the rally between San Miguel de Tucumán and San Salvador de Jujuy. From
hence, it has been taking advantage of the problems of the rivals to be the leader
on the fifth day and amassing a lead of 1:35:12 on Li Dongsheng. The
podium of the category, that should not move to Buenos Aires, except for some
problem, closes the chinese also Mao Ruijin.



Unlike the UTV, the category of truck is that
gets tighter
at the end of this Dakar, with up to three participants
less than 2 and a half minutes. Despite the good level shown by the MAZ and
the two stage victories that has added Renault Trucks from the hand of Martin
Van Den Brink, in the end the reality of the ‘elephants in the desert’ is a new
duel between the Kamaz) and Gerard de Rooy
. In the end between the three protagonists
the race is dealt three victories of the seven that have been at play.

After different strips and aflojas, Dmitry Sotnikov comes as
a leader in trucks
with a victory under his belt and a performance very regular
completing all stages within the top ten. For his part, Eduard Nikolaev
is 1:46 minutes
. The winner of the Dakar in 2014 meets the same
requirements that his teammate in the Kamaz team, that is to say, a triumph and a permanent presence
among the top ten. Gerard de Rooy has 2:20 minutes
despite having got two stage wins in a row
the fourth and fifth day. The Dutch lost the lead in the eighth special.



Sam Sunderland is the big favorite to win the Dakar in
, every time the KTM rider holds an advantage of 20:58 about
Paul Quintanilla
and of 28:49 in respect to Adrien Van Beveren. Although it is true
in 1 hour and 10 minutes to move nine pilots, the reality is that the
british pilot is at a point in which the Dakar you can only escape
because of a failure on its own level navigation, by a fall or by a breakdown
mechanical. The withdrawal of Toby Price and the two days ‘horribilis’ Joan
have paved the way.

In this aspect, Sam Sunderland has only needed the
triumph in the fifth special
to be the leader of the category, although the pilot
KTM has been consolidated this position of privilege during the seventh and
eighth stage with two podiums. For his part, Paul Quintanilla and Adrien Van
Beveren have been pilots very regular
that without knowing a stage victory,
have crept into the podium. In fact, Pablo Quintanilla came to being a leader after
the fourth special. Behind them, Matthias Walkner and Gerard Farrés
still choose to the podium
, while Joan Barreda is very far away from the battle



Three are also pilots with real options to be
the ‘Touareg’ in the category of quads. Sergey Karyakin comes to you as the leader of the
final straight of the Dakar
after scoring a victory and two podiums. The pilot
Russian, which was already the leader after the fourth special, got to attack the leadership
for the second time following the seventh day’s competitive position to be
defending against a ‘rookie’ and before the pilot with the most baggage of the category. In
this aspect, Axel Dutrie is located 6:57 minutes Karyakin, while
Ignacio Casale is 10:19 minutes
. The chilean looks to repeat his triumph of

In this aspect, one of the keys to the understanding of the
resolution of the test between the quads passing by the abandonment of Simon Vice by
a mechanical failure on his Yamaha
. The French rider was the leader for two
days before leaving, leaving a battle that should be resolved Sergey
Karyakin, Axel Dutrie and Ignacio Casale
, three pilots with a profile really
different. While Karyakin and Casale have been the protagonists with
stage wins, Dutrie has been much more regular and with three podiums and a
eleventh position as the worst result of the dream to win the Dakar in his debut.