Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage 11 report

Fabrizio Meoni's 'Mission: impossible' for overall bike victory is becoming less and less... impossible. The Italian hit back in style, grabbing special victory and earning close to 10 minutes on overall leader Sainct. In the car race, the battle...

Fabrizio Meoni's 'Mission: impossible' for overall bike victory is becoming less and less... impossible. The Italian hit back in style, grabbing special victory and earning close to 10 minutes on overall leader Sainct. In the car race, the battle between the Mitsubishi boys went Peterhansel's way.

Jos? Maria Servia and Enric Oller-Carbo.
Photo by Gauloises Racing.

On the 438km special between Sirar and Siwa, the Frenchman claimed his 5th success on the rally and increased is overal leadership on Masuoka. After losing close to 20 minutes yesterday, truck driver Gerardus De Rooy continued his winning cavalcade to Sharm El Sheikh. The Dutchman won the special 3minutes ahead of Tchaguine.

Motorcycles:

He drove like a bullit today". The words of Swede PG Lundmark (KTM - n.16) are perfect to describe Fabrizio Meoni's (KTM - n.1) master-piece on the day's special. Advantaged by a late starting position due to his engine worries on Saturday, the Italian stormed to victory leaving the second fastest man, Richard Sainct (KTM - n.3), a mere 9min33 adrift . And the two-time race winner could have done even better: "It was a good special. It's good to go quickly. In the last part, I lost 2 minutes losing myself."

Thirty-seven minutes behind in the overall yesterday, twenty-eight today, Meoni had a completely different look on the face after the stage. "Now everything has changed. There are no more tactics. I have to do the maximum every day. Maybe there's a chance, but it's very difficult. It all depends on the course." Third on the day was Cyril Despres (KTM - n.7)

Trucks:

Gerardus De Rooy (DAF - n.414) took off in 6th place and finished... first of the special. Discovering the rally on his own is proving to be quite a success for the 22-year-old Dutchman. For his fifth special win on the race, Gerard left Tchaguine (Kamaz - n.407) 3minutes behind, while his father Jan De Rooy (DAF - n.409) clocked the third time of the day, 6min41 behind. In the truck overall, he now has a 4min52 lead on Tchaguine.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Fabrizio Meoni , Richard Sainct , Enric Oller-Carbo