Arras-Madrid-Dakar: Stage three quotes

CARS : Fernando Gil: "A very nice special, but a little dangerous. I was happy with what I already did yesterday. What is happening for the moment is really fantastic for my sponsors as I enter Spain.' Stéphane Peterhansel: "I was able to ...

CARS :
Fernando Gil: "A very nice special, but a little dangerous. I was happy with what I already did yesterday. What is happening for the moment is really fantastic for my sponsors as I enter Spain.'

Stéphane Peterhansel: "I was able to entertain without taking risks. It is short, but there is a lot to do for the driver from start to finish. The only sour note was when a spectator through an egg at the windscreen. The car is great. I wait for the first special stage in Africa to see what we are really capable of.'

Kenjiro Shinozuka: "The only thing that the stage had in common with yesterday's was that it was a little slippery, but because of the dust and not the conditions. And my co-driver has spoken to me in French and I only know a little English. But, it is not too late to get used to each other.'

Carlos Sousa: "I also had an egg thrown in the middle of the windscreen. I saw who was to blame. I think it was the work of a child. I tried to lose as little time as possible. The stage is ideal for Nissan and the factory Mitsubishis, but I discovered a modicum of common sense and this constituted a small handicap. For the moment we are talking in seconds and soon we will be talking in minutes and a little later in hours.'

Hiroshi Masuoka: 'Quite a tricky stage. A lot of corners. We have a small problem with the temperature of the front differential. It read 141 degrees at the end of the stage and this is more than normal. We must look at this. But the car feels much better after the development.'

Grégoire De Mevius: "'This year, for sure, we have a car capable of winning. But I am well-placed to know that in rally-raiding the theory and the practice are often very different,'

Juan Manuel Servia: "It was very amusing. I ran well without taking risks. It is not the time to stray off the track. I have overtaken two cars and I have lost some time.'

BIKES:
Alfie Cox: "Compered to yesterday, it is night and day. It was good, but I caught Acarons and I was not able to get passed. I then got hit by a stone in the helmet.'

Fabrizio Méoni: "I am a little sick, the bike is okay. Half the horse power would be sufficient today. Compared to yesterday, this was amusing.'

Giovanni Sala: "On a track like this, the power of the bi-cylinder is useless. I was not able to use it.'

Joan Roma: "'It is not wise to take risks at this stage. If I have to start from behind on the first stage in Morocco, it is not too serious. It is only 80 kms and I think there is not too much dust.'

Kari Tiainen: "'I made no mistakes. The tyre was a little soft and the track was slippery. I will not push until the rally becomes physically and technically demanding.'

Cyril Despres: "It is thrilling to run in front of all these people. I am still preparing the bike, and I have not pushed too hard. That aside, I was able to overtake two competitors.'

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