Bike: Richard Sainct (FRA - KTM -- 2nd overall) - 001 "It was a bit boring. It's good to be here not too late. I'm a bit tired. As of now, the important thing is to rest. There are still a lot of kilometres to go." Fabrizio Meoni (ITA -...
(FRA - KTM -- 2nd overall) - 001
"It was a bit boring. It's good to be here not too late. I'm a bit tired. As of now, the important thing is to rest. There are still a lot of kilometres to go."
(ITA - KTM -- 11th overall) - 003
"I didn't specially want to stay on the road so I went fast. My goal is of course to get to Dakar but also to find the pleasure of riding again. I will try to have fun even though the stages to come are full of laterite, and I don't like that. I'll have to wait until the stage in Mauritania (Tidjikja to Nouakchott). The race is over for me but I believe that Sainct and Roma will have a good battle for victory. Richard will ride his own race without worrying about Roma. For Nani, it'll be tougher because he has more pressure on the shoulders. He's never won it. If I had to take a decision now, I would say that this is my last Dakar. It's not a question of motivation but at 46, I think of stopping. One should know his own limits. I can't take anymore risks. Physically, I feel fine. Every year I give myself another year. I said before this one that I would go up to 2005."
(ESP - KTM -- 1st overall) - 004
"It wasn't a difficult liaison but it was important to be careful with the animals and the people on the side of the road. We also had to be careful not to speed in the villages. It was necessary not to stop completely for 3 days because we'll have to be back in the rhythm of the race."
(FRA - YAMAHA -- 12th overall) - 012
"I can't wait to be back in the race ! There were many animals, little sheep, goats. It made things dangerous. I even used my horn but that doesn't work. This stop in the race is not very good for our bodies because it was used to tough conditions."
(FRA -- Ford-Schlesser - 3rd overall) - 200
"Since the beginning of the rally, the hardest moment was finishing before the night in the stage between Tidjikja and Nema. Let me remind you that these three stages were tough but beautiful and the road-book very well done, although I think that the cancellation of the two stages was good for everyone. Concerning victory, because I'm here to win, it's obvious that if they don't have any external problems, the two cars ahead are untouchable."
Giniel De Villiers
(AFS - NISSAN - 11th overall) - 208
"This liaison was very boring. My back-side hurts. When you're less focused, a lot of little things disturb you. Especially because yesterday we stayed ten hours in the car. We haven't lost all hope to come back into the race. We can't make it to the podium but can try to climb up a few positions. We'll take every stage as it comes. The car is a lot faster than last year but there are mechanical problems this time. It needs to be more reliable."
(FRA - VOLKSWAGEN - 7th overall) - 224
"The power steering is back. I hope it'll last until the end. I don't want to live what I went through in two days ago. The liaison was boring but I'm sure that many are happy it went that way, especially the bikers. After tomorrow, we'll be back in the race. We're also saying we can't wait for it, but generally, I don't like the rest day. Tomorrow, we'll have a technical meeting to think about how to drive the upcoming stages."
Gerard De Rooy
(NED -- DAF - 3rd overall) - 417
"It was better today on the tarmac. Yesterday was horrible. The stage to Nema was long but yesterday's liaison was even heavier. It was even dangerous sometimes. In my three Dakars, this is the hardest one. Last year was a holiday compared to this. The whole of last year's rally was easier than this edition at rest day. Concerning the overall, the trucks from 3rd to 5th place are within 5 minutes. I don't care if I finish 5th in Dakar. I drive my own race. It'll be important to take good care of the truck, so that the engine doesn't heat up too much. Physically, the only part that wants a rest is my back-side. But this break isn't good because you get out of the rhythm. My father is now in Dakar, probably having a drink in the sun."