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KTM: 11 Consecutive Dakar Rally Wins

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:43 PM

Tom Wera
01/16/2012

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2012 Dakar Rally

Following Cyril Despres' victory at the 2012 Dakar Rally, the Frenchman gave the Austrian-based KTM its 11th consecutive title in the race coined as the "toughest" in the world.

KTM has won every Dakar Rally since 2001, with the exception of 2008 when the event was canceled due to security threats. Despres has won four of those (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012), Marc Coma three (2006, 2009, 2011), Nani Roma (2005), Richard Saintc (2004) and Fabrizio Meoni (2002, 2001).

The 2012 edition was especially kind to KTM, with eight of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 finishers finishing on KTM motorcycles.

Like the last seven years, the biggest battle in Dakar was between KTM rivals/teammates Despres and Coma.

KTM says: "Both riders set the scene for a two-way competition right from the first stage and remained minutes apart until the penultimate stage on Saturday. Coma won five stages in the 2012 edition and Despres four but it was the turn of the Frenchman to ride in triumph into Lima."

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "Today we won and it's simply fantastic. This is without a shadow of a doubt the toughest Dakar I've ever raced in. It was difficult physically, but even more psychologically.

"Challenging yourself every morning and fighting on the course takes its toll on your mind. It's not like a 42-kilometer marathon; here, you have to earn your place every morning. All victories are beautiful, but this one is special because it came down to the wire and was decided at the last minute.

"This was an unimaginable scenario, with the leaders separated by mere seconds. I've done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me."

The 2012 Dakar Rally took the KTM riders almost 5,600 miles from Mar Del Plata in Argentina, through Chile, to finally finish in Lima, Peru. Along the way they encountered vastly different terrain ranging from the Argentinean pampas to the high Andes, the daunting Atacama Desert of Chile and finally the southern coastal plains and rios of Peru. It was the first time that the rally had included Peru and the first time it represented a dash from the Atlantic coastline to the Pacific

Alex Doringer (Team Manager for KTM's factory team) says: "The battle between them was amazing," he said from the finish in Lima, adding the team was also very happy that Johnny Aubert from the KTM Enduro Factory Team finished in overall fourteenth place in his rookie Dakar ride. Johnny rode a standard series model KTM 450 Rally Replica and went into the rally with a mission to learn and enjoy."

Heinz Kinigadner (KTM Motorsports Expert) says: "This battle between Cyril Despres and Marc Coma was one of the tightest and one of the most interesting in the history of the rally. They were virtually wheel on wheel in almost every stage.

"They both gave everything both physically and mentally and they both deserve to go into the Dakar record books for this great effort. It is naturally unfortunate that Marc had some gearbox problems in the penultimate stage and picked up a 45-minute penalty for the engine change. Otherwise their times at the finish line would have been only minutes apart."

2012 Dakar Rally: Top Five Overall Results
1. Cyril Despres, France, KTM, 43 hours 28 minutes and 11 seconds
*Fourth Dakar Title for Despres
2. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM at 53:20
3. Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Yamaha at 1:11:17
4. Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM at 1:40:56
5. Stefan Svitko, Slovakia, KTM 1:47:28

Other KTM:
6. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM at 2:11:56
7. Gerard Farres Guell, Spain, KTM at 2:14:22
8. Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM at 2:59:04
10. Felipe Zanol, Brazil, KTM at 3:25:56
12. Rubin Faria, Portugal, KTM at 4:13:10
13. Jacek Czachor, Poland, KTM at 4:39:09
14. Johnny Aubert, France, KTM at 4:39:39

 

Thanks to Ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Dakar: Final Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:40 PM

Tom Wera
01/15/2012

Ultimatemotorcycling.com

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2012 Dakar Rally Final Results

The 2012 Dakar Rally presented many challenges to the motorcycle competitors, taking the two-wheel pilots almost 5,600 miles from Mal Del Plata, Argentina, through Chile to the finish line in Lima, Peru.

The rally race, coined as the "toughest race in the world," challenged riders for 15 days straight, with only one day of rest.

And it all ended Sunday in Lima, with a well-known name taking the coveted title - Cyril Despres.

After playing a cat-and-mouse game with his rival and fellow KTM teammate Marc Coma, the Frenchman Despres ended taking his fourth Dakar title by an impressive 53 minutes and 20 seconds over the Spaniard Coma.

But it wasn't only a huge victory for the Red Bull KTM 450 Rally rider; with Despres' 2012 title, KTM now has 11 consecutive Dakar Rally victories, with the last seven arriving from Despres (4) and Coma (3).

Despres' first Dakar victory arrived in 2005, and he repeated the performance in 2007, 2010 and this year. As for Coma, he won the Dakar Rally in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

Despres and Coma had an epic battle right from the first stage of 2012 Dakar, but Coma had some major issues during the penultimate stage Saturday; due to gearbox issues on his MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally, he finished over 13 minutes behind Despres.

Coma was able to get the KTM back to the bivouac, but had some navigational issues and then dealt with a huge penalty.

KTM reports: " A new Dakar rule in 2012 penalizes riders 15 minutes for the first change of engines and 45 minutes for the second. As the factory team had decided to change out both engines in the lead riders bikes one stage into the second half of the rally this meant that when Coma's engine was changed a second time he was given another 45 minutes penalty, effectively handing the title to his teammate."

The final stage Sunday only had an 18-mile special, and although Despres finished 10th (3:51) behind stage-winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter, also on a KTM, he already had the victory in the bag due to Coma's penalty. Coma would finish Stage 14 in second, 1:08 behind Ullevalseter.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "Today we won and it's simply fantastic. This is without a shadow of a doubt the toughest Dakar I've ever raced in. It was difficult physically, but even more psychologically.

"Challenging yourself every morning and fighting on the course takes its toll on your mind. It's not like a 42-kilometer marathon; here, you have to earn your place every morning. All victories are beautiful, but this one is special because it came down to the wire and was decided at the last minute.

"This was an unimaginable scenario, with the leaders separated by mere seconds. I've done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me."

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "I finished second in what was a difficult rally. I gave it my all every single day. I wish to congratulate Cyril. He's the champion. But I'm going to work hard to try and win again next year. If we keep alternating... it should be my turn! But first I have to work."

Finishing third overall in 2012 Dakar Rally was Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues.

Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha 450 Rally Dakar) says: "Making it to the end of a Dakar is always terrific. So finishing on the podium is simply incredible. There are two great riders, Marc and Cyril, and they're tough nuts to crack.

"I lost 20 minutes in stage 4 and 20 more two days later. I was 40 minutes back, so I knew catching up with them would be hard. Winning the Dakar requires perfect preparation all year round and making sure everything goes well during the race. I'll try and find the solution to be as good as they are. I need a bit more of everything, especially money to build a strong structure."

As for KTM, the Austrian-based motorcycle company has now won the Dakar Rally every year since 2001, with the exception of 2008 when it was canceled because of security threats. In the 2012 edition, eight of the top 10 finishers and 15 of the top 20 rode KTM machines.

2012 Dakar Rally: Overall Motorcycle Results:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

19:28:11 - 00:15:00

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

20:21:31 00:53:20 01:00:00

3

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

20:39:28 01:11:17 00:15:00

4

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

21:09:07 01:40:56 00:15:00

5

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

21:15:39 01:47:28 -

6

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

21:40:07 02:11:56 00:55:00

7

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

21:42:33 02:14:22 00:15:00

8

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

22:27:15 02:59:04 00:20:00

9

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

22:46:01 03:17:50 00:15:00

10

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

22:54:07 03:25:56 00:55:00

11

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

23:05:36 03:37:25 01:00:00

12

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

23:41:21 04:13:10 00:55:00

13

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

00:07:20 04:39:09 -

14

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

00:07:50 04:39:39 00:16:00

15

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

00:34:07 05:05:56 01:00:00

16

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

00:46:05 05:17:54 -

17

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

00:58:37 05:30:26 -

18

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

01:12:56 05:44:45 00:35:00

19

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUQSVARNA

01:44:46 06:16:35 00:15:00

20

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

01:47:51 06:19:40 01:00:00

21

33
  • BETHYS (FRA)

YAMAHA

02:37:25 07:09:14 -

22

144
  • CURTIS (ZAF)

KTM

02:51:43 07:23:32 00:59:00

23

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

03:09:20 07:41:09 01:00:00

24

89
  • NASCIMENTO (BRA)

HONDA

03:21:38 07:53:27 -

25

40
  • SERRADORI (FRA)

KTM

03:28:09 07:59:58 00:15:00

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 14 Results, Motorcycles:

 
Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

00:22:26 - -

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

00:23:34 00:01:08 -

3

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

00:24:09 00:01:43 -

4

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

00:24:27 00:02:01 -

5

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

00:24:37 00:02:11 -

6

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

00:25:21 00:02:55 -

7

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

00:26:01 00:03:35 -

8

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

00:26:07 00:03:41 -

9

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

00:26:10 00:03:44 -

10

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

00:26:17 00:03:51 -

11

41
  • PROHENS (CHL)

HONDA (Transformada)

00:27:18 00:04:52 -

12

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

00:27:34 00:05:08 -

13

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

00:27:36 00:05:10 -

14

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

00:27:40 00:05:14 -

15

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

00:28:02 00:05:36 -

16

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

00:28:35 00:06:09 -

17

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

00:28:39 00:06:13 -

18

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

00:29:02 00:06:36 -

19

29
  • BERGLUND (SWE)

HUSABERG

00:29:11 00:06:45 -

20

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

00:29:22 00:06:56 -

21

42
  • PROHENS (CHL)

HONDA

00:29:23 00:06:57 -

22

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

00:29:50 00:07:24 -

23

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUQSVARNA

00:29:53 00:07:27 -

24

58
  • PUERTAS HERRERA (ESP)

YAMAHA

00:29:54 00:07:28 -

25

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

00:30:00 00:07:34 -

 

thanks to ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Dakar: Stage 13 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:39 PM

Tom Wera
01/14/2012

Ultimatemotorcycling.com

no trademarks or copyrights

2012 Dakar Rally Results

The penultimate stage in the 2012 Dakar Rally was an exciting one for Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues, who took his first win of 2012. But it was a bit more exciting for Red Bull KTM's Cyril Despres.

Despres started fourth in Stage 13 Saturday, which took the motorcycle competitors from Nasca to Pisco 233 miles, with 170 miles timed, allowing him to put much pressure on the man who opened the stage - the Frenchman's rival and teammate, Marc Coma.

Despres ended Stage 13 in second place, only 47 seconds behind Rodrigues. KTM's Jordi Viladoms finished third, three minutes behind Rodrigues.

As for Coma, he suffered from gearbox issues on the KTM 450 Rally, taking the worst finish of the 2012 Dakar Rally - 18th, 13:25 behind Rodrigues.

Due to his finish, Coma lost the overall lead. Despres now has the lead over Coma by a huge 11:03 with only one stage remaining that will take the riders Pisco to Lima with only an 18-mile special. Rodrigues is in third overall, 1:11:27 behind Despres.

Dakar says: "With only 29 kilometers (18 miles) to go in the last special on Sunday, Cyril Despres climbed back to the top of the overall classification and will be able to take things carefully in the last stage thanks to his 11:03 margin over the Catalan. Behind him, today's winner Hélder Rodrigues all but sewed up his place on the third step of the final podium with a 29:45 lead over Spain's Jordi Viladoms."

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "I am not the kind of person who derives pleasure from the problems of teammates, and even less when it is Marc Coma who is in trouble. I started with the knife between my teeth, knowing he would do the same thing. I took no risks but tried to gain ground on other riders in turns.

"At the refueling station I saw I had clawed back 5 minutes from Marc. I then got lost a couple of times; it was never a big problem but I had to stay focused. Today's stage was psychologically very tough. I always wait until the last day to enjoy things. I have seen so many things happen at the Dakar, and even more today. I want to stay calm and enjoy things a bit more."

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally) says: "I started very fast, as fast as I could, because I knew it would be difficult to stay in the lead of the rally. 25 km into the stage I had a mechanical problem which forced me to slow down.

"It was a gearbox problem and I feared I would not be able to continue. So I am happy to be here, in second position, which is quite good. I fought throughout the entire rally and gave it everything I had got at all times. That is the way it is. I am disappointed because I was not able to fight until the end."

Helder Rodrigues (Speedbrain Husqvarna 450 RR Rally) says: "A stage win is always great, and finishing on the overall podium is also cool. I might have been able to perform better in certain stages, but I had a few little problems and it was impossible for me to win.

"But today I gained some time on Cyril and Marc, I rode very fast. That is good. I may be able to do better next year. We can do it, if we work hard with our team all year round. I may take the new motorcycle. First, I will have to test it, and then we will see."

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 13 Results, Motorcycles:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

03:21:16 - -

2

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

03:22:03 00:00:47 -

3

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

03:24:16 00:03:00 -

4

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

03:26:29 00:05:13 -

5

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

03:27:02 00:05:46 -

6

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

03:27:11 00:05:55 -

7

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

03:27:48 00:06:32 -

8

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

03:27:54 00:06:38 -

9

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

03:28:22 00:07:06 -

10

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

03:29:30 00:08:14 -

11

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

03:31:29 00:10:13 -

12

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

03:31:42 00:10:26 -

13

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

03:32:28 00:11:12 -

14

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

03:33:14 00:11:58 -

15

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

03:33:27 00:12:11 -

16

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

03:33:53 00:12:37 -

17

53
  • RODRIGUEZ (CHL)

HONDA

03:34:22 00:13:06 -

18

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

03:34:41 00:13:25 -

19

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

03:34:44 00:13:28 -

20

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

03:35:41 00:14:25 -

21

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

03:36:10 00:14:54 -

22

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

03:36:41 00:15:25 -

23

183
  • RODRIGUEZ (ARG)

HONDA

03:38:31 00:17:15 -

24

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

03:40:12 00:18:56 -

25

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

03:41:40 00:20:24 -

 

thanks to ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Dakar: Stage 12 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:36 PM

Tom Wera
01/13/2012

Ultimatemotorcycling.com

no trademarks or copyrights

2012 Dakar Rally Results

Following the not-so surprising results of Stage 12 Friday in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the typical saga continues between KTM rivals Cyril Despres and Marc Coma.

Heading into Friday, each rider had four stage wins, but Coma added to his tally, winning Stage 12, which took the riders 319 miles from Arequipa to Nasca along the Pacific Coast in Peru, with 152 miles timed.

The stage win was Coma's fifth of 2012, and 21st of his career. The MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally rider beat his fellow country Barreda Bort on the Speedbrain Husqvarna 450 RR Rally, fellow KTM rider Jordi Viladoms.

As for Despres, the Frenchman performed well in Stage 12, but finished fourth, 3:57 behind Coma.

With only two stages remaining before the finish line in Lima, this was a very important win for Coma. With his victory, Coma regained the overall lead, having 1:35 over Despres. In third is Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues, who is 1:13:39 behind Coma.

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "It was a difficult day. I set off four minutes after Cyril and I managed to catch up with him. For the entire first part of the special I mainly focused on navigation, because there was absolutely no room for mistakes.

"After that, I knew that there would be good opportunities to attack in the second part and that's where I managed to regain ground on Cyril. It's no way near over, because there's another big stage tomorrow."

Coma had an optimal advantage Friday, starting four minutes behind Despres, the Frenchman having to take to the route first. During the first 89 miles, Coma's and Despres' times were close, but it wasn't until the final dunes that Coma was able to increase his pace and catch Despres.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally) says: "It was a magnificent stage, one of the finest specials that I've ridden on the Dakar over the last few years. In sporting terms, I expected that Marc was going to catch up with me and that it wouldn't be a good day.

"But it was majestic. I don't have any regrets, because I attacked throughout the first part. You have to go for broke on this Dakar; it's not a race where you can play the waiting game. Against Marc Coma, I'm doing battle with an excellent rider. He's quick and clever. So, I try and find the right pace. Apparently, there are riders in between us, so that's good news for the start tomorrow."

But his fourth-place finish may be a strategy, considering Despres will now start fourth behind the riders in the penultimate stage that will take the riders from Nasca to Pisco 233 miles, with 170 miles timed.

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 12 Results, Motorcycles:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

02:24:38 - -

2

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

02:27:21 00:02:43 -

3

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

02:27:48 00:03:10 -

4

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

02:28:35 00:03:57 -

5

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

02:30:03 00:05:25 -

6

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

02:31:43 00:07:05 -

7

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

02:32:09 00:07:31 -

8

149
  • CIPKA (SVK)

BMW

02:32:45 00:08:07 -

9

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

02:33:49 00:09:11 -

10

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

02:33:56 00:09:18 -

11

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

02:35:08 00:10:30 -

12

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

02:36:10 00:11:32 -

13

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

02:37:17 00:12:39 -

14

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

02:39:08 00:14:30 -

15

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

02:39:45 00:15:07 -

16

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

02:40:15 00:15:37 -

17

53
  • RODRIGUEZ (CHL)

HONDA

02:40:41 00:16:03 -

18

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

02:41:03 00:16:25 -

19

33
  • BETHYS (FRA)

YAMAHA

02:41:23 00:16:45 -

20

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

02:41:36 00:16:58 -

21

40
  • SERRADORI (FRA)

KTM

02:42:03 00:17:25 -

22

144
  • CURTIS (ZAF)

KTM

02:42:24 00:17:46 -

23

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

02:42:45 00:18:07 -

24

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

02:43:32 00:18:54 -

25

110
  • BIRCH (NZL)

KTM

02:44:45 00:20:07 -

 

thanks to Ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Dakar: Stage 11 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:34 PM

Tom Wera
01/12/2012

Ultimatemotorcycling.com

no trademarks or copyrights

2012 Dakar Rally Results

Upon finishing Stage 11 Thursday in the 2012 Dakar Rally, Red Bull KTM's Cyril Despres wisely noted - "anything can happen in Dakar."

This was true of the Frenchman's performance during Stage 11, which took the motorcycle competitors 438 miles from Arica to Arequipa, Peru, with 331 miles timed.

Despres struggled a bit while crossing a stream, and took a minor fall, having to push his KTM 450 Rally a bit. But once he regained his remounted and regained his rhythm, the three-time Dakar winner went on to win his fourth-stage victory of 2012 and 30th of his career at the event coined as the "world's toughest race."

Finishing 1:39 behind Despres was fellow KTM rider Farres Guell (Spain), and teammate/rival Marc Coma (Spain) 2:01 behind.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "After a modification to the road-book, one of the tracks wasn't very visible. I rode 100 meters to far, but I saw that Marc was turning round, even though he started two minutes before me.

"The day already started with a bath in a stream, pushing alongside the bike. It was a tough day, all in all! An important development might be if someone moves in between Marc and me.

"In any case, apart from attacking and riding, there wasn't much to do today. Mind you, if Farres has actually finished 2nd, it's not good for me. Tomorrow will be complicated, but anything can happen on the Dakar."

Despres, who became the first rider to win in Peru, the 27th country to be featured in the Dakar Rally, also built his lead on Coma in the overall standings after 11 of 14 stages; Despres now leads Coma by 2:22 in he general standings.

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "We had a mixture of several types of terrain: earthy, sandy and stony. It was predictable that Cyril would gain time on me today. I'm going to try my utmost right until the end.

"There are three days left to give it everything. It's difficult to define a strategy when Cyril is riding flat out in front! I'll just have to follow him. It won't be flat out, but the pace will again be quick, like it has been since the beginning of the race."

As a result of Farres Guell's second-place finish, the Catalan will begin Stage 12 Friday ahead of Marc Coma, allowing Coma "the possibility to 'easily' regain four minutes over" Despres.

Furthermore, another Gallic rider Johnny Aubert, promoted to water carrier for Coma after the withdrawal of Joan Pedrero yesterday, also put in a superb performance to accomplish the fourth best time of the day and will now start the next stage just behind his leader.

Heading into Stage 11, Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues had a stronghold on third overall, but he lost much time on Thursday. The Portuguese rider lost some time due to stalling his motorcycle at a river crossing, and now trails Despres by 1:08:40. Rodrigues now holds a 16:06 over KTM's Jordi Viladoms.

During Stage 12 on Friday, the Dakar motorcycle competitors will travel 319 miles from Arequipa to Nasca along the Pacific Coast in Peru, with 152 miles timed.

2012 Dakar Rally Results: Stage 11, Motorcycles:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

04:03:37 - -

2

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

04:05:16 00:01:39 -

3

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

04:05:38 00:02:01 -

4

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

04:07:07 00:03:30 -

5

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:08:30 00:04:53 -

6

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

04:09:14 00:05:37 -

7

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

04:09:31 00:05:54 -

8

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

04:11:21 00:07:44 -

9

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

04:11:21 00:07:44 -

10

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

04:13:55 00:10:18 -

11

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

04:14:31 00:10:54 -

12

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

04:17:12 00:13:35 -

13

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

04:20:30 00:16:53 -

14

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

04:21:04 00:17:27 -

15

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

04:22:12 00:18:35 -

16

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:23:16 00:19:39 -

17

110
  • BIRCH (NZL)

KTM

04:24:26 00:20:49 -

18

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

04:26:02 00:22:25 -

19

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

04:28:35 00:24:58 -

20

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

04:29:30 00:25:53 -

21

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUQSVARNA

04:30:26 00:26:49 -

22

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

04:31:01 00:27:24 -

23

89
  • NASCIMENTO (BRA)

HONDA

04:31:44 00:28:07 -

24

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

04:32:01 00:28:24 -

25

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

04:32:29 00:28:52 -

 

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2012 Dakar: Stage 10 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:32 PM

Tom Wera
01/11/2012
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2012 Dakar Rally Results

For the first time since Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez won the first stage in the 2012 Dakar Rally, a rider other than KTM's Cyril Despres or Marc Coma was victorious.

This victory arrived after Speedbrain Husqvarna's Joan Barreda Bort took Stage 10 Wednesday, which took riders from Iquique to Arica.

But it was far from an easy win; around 21 miles into the 234-mile timed special, Bort's foot whacked a rock around 75 mph.

Despite the severe injury, though, the Spaniard, who finished in the top five during three special stages in 2012 Dakar, popped a few painkillers and finished the stage 1:32 ahead of Coma, and 3:39 ahead of Despres.

Joan Barreda Bort (Speedbrain Husqvarna 450RR Rally Dakar) says: "After the rear wheel problems I had on the 3rd day, I've been taking it day by day. On the last stages it has been better and yesterday, for example, I saw that I could go on the attack, so I went for it.

"On today's stage, I had a problem with my foot. On a very quick bend, where I was at 120 kmph, I hit a stone with my foot and I thought that the impact had torn my leg off. When I arrived at the refueling zone, I took some painkillers and it was ok until the end of the stage.

"I even sped up. We'll see what's happened to me. I thought I might have fractured my shin, but I don't think I have. I don't know how serious the injury is, but I think I should be ok and be able to finish in Lima."

As for the severity of Bort's foot injury, additional information has yet to be released. Overall, Bort is in 14th position, 3:29:27 behind Despres.

With his second-place finish Wednesday, Coma has shortened Despres' overall lead in 2012 Dakar. As both KTM riders chase their fourth Dakar Rally victory, the Frenchman Despres no leads Coma by a mere 21 seconds after 10 of 14 stages.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "It was all going well for me until the 225-km point and I'd managed to keep up a good pace. But I made a small navigation mistake and that's when Marc overtook me. He was with Joan Barreda, who I'd like to congratulate on riding a superb stage.

"At this level, every second counts! It's a scenario that I thought might happen, so I'm not surprised. I'm just happy to have got through another day. In any case, staying out in front for the whole 377 km whilst riding flat out isn't easy. If I finish in his dust or him in mine, it doesn't change that much."

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: "It's the tone that's been set for the rally and I think we'll keep on battling until the end. We keep trying to make the difference all the time and the entry into Peru will be decisive.

"The race will hinge on the smallest of margins. When the performance level is equivalent with the same team and the same bike, it's very difficult, both for him and for me. But when it comes to the crunch, it will be entirely to do with one rider or the other."

Behind the KTM leaders, Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues has a stronghold on the third overall position. He took the fourth best time in Stage 10, and due to a fall by Husqvarna's Paulo Goncalves, Rodrigues sits in third, 45:56 behind Despres and 32:56 ahead of KTM's Jordi Viladoms in fourth.

On Thursday, Stage 11 will take the motorcycle competitors 438 miles from Arica to Arequipa, with 331 miles timed.

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage 10 Results, Motorcycles (overall results below):

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:18:43 - -

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

04:20:15 00:01:32 -

3

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

04:22:22 00:03:39 -

4

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

04:23:59 00:05:16 -

5

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

04:27:31 00:08:48 -

6

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

04:28:27 00:09:44 -

7

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

04:29:17 00:10:34 -

8

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

04:33:24 00:14:41 -

9

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

04:33:42 00:14:59 -

10

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

04:34:13 00:15:30 -

11

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

04:35:55 00:17:12 -

12

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

04:38:06 00:19:23 -

13

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

04:39:38 00:20:55 -

14

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

04:43:13 00:24:30 -

15

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

04:51:49 00:33:06 -

16

53
  • RODRIGUEZ (CHL)

HONDA

04:52:24 00:33:41 -

17

110
  • BIRCH (NZL)

KTM

04:52:55 00:34:12 -

18

144
  • CURTIS (ZAF)

KTM

04:53:52 00:35:09 -

19

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:54:28 00:35:45 -

20

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

04:54:41 00:35:58 -

21

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

04:56:10 00:37:27 -

22

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

04:57:21 00:38:38 -

23

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

04:58:04 00:39:21 -

24

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

04:58:09 00:39:26 -

25

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

04:59:08 00:40:25 -

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2012 Dakar: Stage 9 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:22 PM

Tom Wera
01/10/2012

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2012 Dakar Rally Results

Following a miserable Stage Eight in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the Frenchman Cyril Despres set the pace Tuesday right from the outset of Stage Nine, which took the motorcycle competitors 351 miles from Antofagasta to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Iquique, with two special stages that equaled 345 miles.

The Red Bull KTM 450 Rally rider, who got trapped in a mud hole Monday during Stage Eight, returned to the top of the overall standings after winning his third stage of 2012 Dakar Tuesday.

Despres set a very quick pace in Stage Nine, eventually finishing 3:54 ahead of his rival and teammate, MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally rider Marc Coma. Taking third was Husqvarna's Barreda Bort, who finished 8:28 behind Despres.

In the overall standings, Coma now trails Despres by 2:28.

Dakar says: "Hindered by having to open the road, the Catalan (Coma) nevertheless went out on full attack on both of the day's timed sections, but mainly to limit the damage in the general standings.

"Indeed, at the end of this very long special stage, all the Spaniard could do was hand back the command of the race to his sole rival, who he now trails by 2:28. The duel is far from over, though, especially since both riders changed their engines yesterday evening and are therefore equal in strategic terms."

As the battle continues up front between the men who have three Dakar wins apiece, Despres and Coma, the nearest compeitor is almost an hour (59:19) behind - Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues. The next closest overall is Husqvarna's Paulo Gonclaves, who is 1:25:57 behind.

France's David Casteu was in the mix for a podium overall position, but the Yamaha rider's 2012 Dakar efforts ended with a blown engine during Stage Nine.

Stage 10 on Wednesday will take the motorcycle competitors 431 miles along the Pacific Coast from Iquique to Arica, with 234 miles timed.

Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM 450 Rally) says: "It's feeling good. After a difficult day yesterday when you start to doubt, I had to get back to winning ways. It wasn't easy to psyche myself up for it, but I'm very happy with my day's work. We came into this looking at a battle for seconds or minutes. It's very competitive. Like any top level sportsman, if you don't like confrontation or squeezing the last ounces of strength out of yourself, then you're not ready for a fight. But, as for me, I'm up for it."

Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally) says: "We knew that this would be a difficult race. It was long and there was plenty of navigation to deal with. We're coming to the crunch part of the rally. Cyril is a major rival and we do battle over every single kilometre. But I think it's interesting, it's sport. Yesterday, the KTM technicians decided it was time to change our engines because we'd reached the half-way point. It's a very good idea."

Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) says: "It's a mythical stage of the rally, very long and with lots of navigation. I rode at a good pace, to try and stay in contact with Marc and Cyril. I think that if I continue like that it will be a good rally. Marc and Cyril are fighting for the general standings lead and are very quick. Can they still make mistakes? Anything is possible."

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage Nine Results, Motorcycles (overall below):

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

05:04:33 - -

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

05:08:27 00:03:54 -

3

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

05:13:01 00:08:28 -

4

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

05:16:17 00:11:44 -

5

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

05:19:45 00:15:12 -

6

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

05:20:16 00:15:43 -

7

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

05:20:52 00:16:19 -

8

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

05:22:15 00:17:42 -

9

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

05:23:19 00:18:46 -

10

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

05:23:29 00:18:56 -

11

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

05:26:58 00:22:25 -

12

5
  • PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

05:31:41 00:27:08 -

13

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

05:34:44 00:30:11 -

14

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

05:36:19 00:31:46 -

15

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

05:36:26 00:31:53 -

16

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

05:39:27 00:34:54 -

17

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

05:40:41 00:36:08 -

18

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

05:43:37 00:39:04 -

19

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

05:44:36 00:40:03 -

20

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

05:44:40 00:40:07 -

21

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

05:46:29 00:41:56 -

22

25
  • GOUET (CHL)

HONDA

05:46:43 00:42:10 -

23

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUQSVARNA

05:47:22 00:42:49 -

24

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

05:47:44 00:43:11 -

25

29
  • BERGLUND (SWE)

HUSABERG

05:49:34

00:45:01 -

 

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2012 Dakar: Stage 8 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 6:19 PM

Tom Wera
01/09/2012

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2012 Dakar Rally Results

Following the only rest day in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the motorcycle grid competed Monday in Stage Eight, a 448-mile route from Copiapo to Antofagasta, with 277 miles timed.

And the story remained the same up top, with the Cyril Despres and Marc Coma dual garnering all the attention.

Although the Spaniard Coma had navigational issues early in the stage, the MRW Red Bull AMV KTM rider, a three-time winner at Dakar, avoided getting trapped in the mud in the first few miles of the timed special, allowing him to take the win. It was Coma's 20th stage victory in his Dakar history, and fourth this year.

Despres, also a three-time Dakar winner, wasn't so lucky. The Frenchman got his Red Bull KTM 450 Rally trapped in the mud. Despres, eventually finished Stage Eight in sixth, 9:14 behind Coma. And due to the mistake, which caused him 10 minutes to free the KTM, Despres lost his overall lead.

Coma now leads Despres by 1:26 after eight of 14 stages. As for the other top finishers in Stage Eight, Coma was followed by KTM's Ruben Faria (7:00 behind), Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues (7:10 behind), and Husqvarna's Barreda Bort (8:44 behind).

Another man who got stuck with Despres was Husqvarna's Paulo Goncalves. His error also dropped him fourth overall to fifth overall; Goncalves is now in fifth, 1:21:11 behind Coma. In fourth is Yamaha's David Casteu (1:09:52 behind Coma) and third currently belongs to Rodrigues, who is 49:01 behind Coma.

Stage Nine on Tuesday will take competitors will take the motorcycle competitors 351 miles from Antofagasta to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Iquique. The 345-mile special stage will have two parts, with a connection route of only five miles.

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage Eight Results, Motorcycles:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

05:03:52 - -

2

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

05:10:52 00:07:00 -

3

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

05:11:02 00:07:10 -

4

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

05:12:36 00:08:44 -

5

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

05:13:01 00:09:09 -

6

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

05:13:06 00:09:14 -

7

5
  • PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

05:14:23 00:10:31 -

8

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

05:15:54 00:12:02 -

9

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

05:16:27 00:12:35 -

10

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

05:17:42 00:13:50 -

11

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

05:19:15 00:15:23 -

12

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

05:19:28 00:15:36 -

13

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

05:19:30 00:15:38 -

14

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

05:20:22 00:16:30 -

15

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

05:21:44 00:17:52 -

16

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

05:28:18 00:24:26 -

17

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

05:30:14 00:26:22 -

18

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

05:32:42 00:28:50 -

19

25
  • GOUET (CHL)

HONDA

05:32:45 00:28:53 -

20

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

05:34:44 00:30:52 -

21

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

05:36:35 00:32:43 -

22

29
  • BERGLUND (SWE)

HUSABERG

05:37:50 00:33:58 -

23

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

05:38:26 00:34:34 -

24

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

05:38:55 00:35:03 -

25

64
  • SCHRÖDER (DEU)

KTM

05:39:27 00:35:35

-

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2012 Dakar: Stage 7 Results, Motorcycles

By Cpducati11 on January 17, 2012 5:55 PM

Tom Wera
01/07/2012

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2012 Dakar Rally

The back-and-fourth battle has once again begun between the two men who have won the last six Dakar Rally meets, factory KTM riders Marc Coma and Cyril Despres (three apiece).

The latest win arrived Saturday at Stage Seven from Coma, who gained 2:03 on Despres' overall lead. The stage took the riders on a 356-mile loop from Copiapo to Copiapo, which included a 260-mile timed special.

Arriving in third after Stage Seven was Husqvarna's Paulo Gonclaves, who finished 2:49.

Dakar reports that "Cyril Despres kicked off the stage by navigating at the front of the race. Marc Coma locked on to him to post the fastest intermediate times and had already put one hand on the stage win by the middle of the special.

"After the neutralized sector, the Catalan pilot overtook his teammate and started blazing a trail through the dunes. Despres played it safe by matching his rival's pace and conceded 2:03" at the finish, but managed to keep his lead in the general classification with a margin of 7:48"

With Despres leading Coma overall by 7:48, the two riders have almost 50 minutes on the nearest competitor, Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues. In fourth overall is Gonclaves, who is 55:33 behind, and in fifth is David Casteu, who is 1:05:38.

As for Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez, the Aprilia rider "produced the most disappointing performance of the day: the local hero started the first Chilean special in the 2012 Dakar with a fall which handicapped him for the rest of the stage. He finished half an hour down on Coma and almost fell out of the Top 10."

The riders will have their only Rest Day Sunday in 14 stages before the 2012 Dakar Rally restarts on Monday for Stage Eight, which runs from Copiapo to Antofagasta; the route will run 448 miles, with 277 timed.

2012 Dakar Rally: Stage Seven Results, Motorcycles:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

03:51:35 - -

2

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

03:53:38 00:02:03 -

3

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

03:54:24 00:02:49 -

4

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

03:55:21 00:03:46 -

5

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

03:58:25 00:06:50 -

6

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

03:59:42 00:08:07 -

7

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

04:00:18 00:08:43 -

8

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

04:00:23 00:08:48 -

9

15
  • VERHOEVEN (NLD)

SHERCO

04:00:59 00:09:24 -

10

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

04:03:01 00:11:26 -

11

5
  • PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

04:03:22 00:11:47 -

12

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

04:03:31 00:11:56 -

13

23
  • BARREDA BORT (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:05:20 00:13:45 -

14

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

04:06:08 00:14:33 -

15

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

04:07:40 00:16:05 -

16

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

04:11:09 00:19:34 -

17

25
  • GOUET (CHL)

HONDA

04:12:01 00:20:26 -

18

35
  • CECI (ITA)

KTM

04:12:11 00:20:36 -

19

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

04:15:43 00:24:08 -

20

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

04:19:05 00:27:30 -

21

12
  • PELLICER (ESP)

HUSQVARNA

04:19:15 00:27:40 -

22

4
  • LOPEZ (CHL)

APRILIA

04:21:58 00:30:23 -

23

53
  • RODRIGUEZ (CHL)

HONDA

04:22:23 00:30:48 -

24

122
  • PALANTE (BEL)

KTM

04:24:58 00:33:23 -

25

50
  • SALVATIERRA (BOL)

HONDA

04:25:15 00:33:40

-

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2012 Dakar: Stage 6 Results, Stage 6 Cancelled

By Cpducati11 on January 12, 2012 7:09 PM

Tom Wera
01/06/2012

2012 Dakar Rally Stage Six Cancellation

Weather has once again affected the 2012 Dakar Rally.

First Stage Five was shortened Thursday due to rain creating major ruts on the route near Fiambalá, Argentina, and on Friday, Dakar Rally officials canceled Stage Six due to extremely bad conditions in the highest point of the Rally in the Andes Cordillera in Chile.

Chilean authorities closed the Paso de San Francisco pass, which is the border between Argentina and Chile situated 4700 miles above sea level, due to snow and rain. Authorities believe the conditions were not safe for competitors or support personnel.

Dakar says: "For the 7th time, the Dakar is about to cross over the Andes, and because of very unfavorable conditions, added to the fact that the course has been hit by rain and snow, in order to guarantee the security of the competitors and those following the rally, the organizers have decided to organize a convoy for all vehicles (Friday)."

As of Friday morning, the convey of 2012 Dakar competitors have crossed the Chile border at Paso de San Francisco pass, which authorities opened to the convey only.

The convey of competitors/teams are currently traveling the main road to Copiapo, Chile. Once they reach Copiapo, Chile, the end of the canceled Stage Six, the teams will ready for Stage Seven on Saturday, which runs a loop from Copiapo to Copiapo.

Stage Five Thursday took riders from Chilecito to Fiambalá, but the special stage was shortened from 165 to 115 miles due to storm damage on the bike's route. After taking his 28th-career stage victory, Red Bull KTM's Cyril Despres ended the stage 1:41 ahead of his main rival and teammate, Marc Coma.

The Frenchman now holds a 9:50 lead over the Spaniard Coma, with Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues 46:56 back in third, and Aprilia's Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez in fourth, 49:00 behind.

Following are the results after five of 14 stages in 2012 Dakar:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty

1

2
  • DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

14:19:00 - -

2

1
  • COMA (ESP)

KTM

14:28:51 00:09:51 -

3

3
  • RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

15:06:56 00:47:56 -

4

4
  • LOPEZ (CHL)

APRILIA

15:08:00 00:49:00 -

5

7
  • GONCALVES (PRT)

Husqvarna

15:13:47 00:54:47 00:06:00

6

10
  • VILADOMS (ESP)

KTM

15:17:17 00:58:17 -

7

14
  • CASTEU (FRA)

YAMAHA

15:17:58 00:58:58 -

8

20
  • FARRES GUELL (ESP)

KTM

15:22:13 01:03:13 -

9

32
  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM

15:26:26 01:07:26 -

10

5
  • PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

15:33:04 01:14:04 00:15:00

11

16
  • PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

15:33:18 01:14:18 -

12

34
  • BOTTURI (ITA)

KTM

15:39:08 01:20:08 -

13

27
  • PIZZOLITO (ARG)

HONDA

15:41:41 01:22:41 00:08:00

14

6
  • ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

15:53:59 01:34:59 00:40:00

15

25
  • GOUET (CHL)

HONDA

15:55:29 01:36:29 -

16

26
  • RODRIGUES FILHO (BRA)

HUQSVARNA

16:03:17 01:44:17 -

17

28
  • ZANOL (BRA)

KTM

16:07:38 01:48:38 00:40:00

18

22
  • DUCLOS (FRA)

APRILIA

16:12:15 01:53:15 00:40:00

19

8
  • FARIA (PRT)

KTM

16:12:54 01:53:54 00:40:00

20

17
  • CZACHOR (POL)

KTM

16:14:32 01:55:32 -

21

21
  • AUBERT (FRA)

KTM

16:28:03 02:09:03 -

22

39
  • GYENES (ROU)

KTM

16:30:53 02:11:53 -

23

24
  • STANOVNIK (SVN)

KTM

16:31:17 02:12:17 -

24

82
  • GUINDANI (FRA)

YAMAHA

16:32:23 02:13:23 -

25

18
  • KNUIMAN (NLD)

KTM

16:35:59 02:16:59 -
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