Stage 2: Portimao to Malaga January 1, 2006 Connection 65 km - Special 115 km - Connection 387 km Total 567 km Bike: Marc Coma (ESP - KTM - 5th) "These two first stages were not very difficult but full of traps. I had to remain focused on...
Stage 2: Portimao to Malaga
January 1, 2006
Connection 65 km - Special 115 km - Connection 387 km
Total 567 km
Marc Coma (ESP - KTM - 5th)
"These two first stages were not very difficult but full of traps. I had to remain focused on what I had to do. But it was good. The bike and the team are both OK. In fact, for us, the race has started yet. We arrive in Africa in good conditions. That was the most important for us. Now I am very looking forward to being there and at last starting the race".
Isidre Esteve Pujol (SPA - KTM -- 2nd)
"The track was a real ice-skating rink today. So I couldn't ride as fast as I wished. But it was an enjoyable stage. Actually, these two first stages in Portugal were very pleasant. There were a lot of fans, the people were very welcoming in a good atmosphere. But of course, the real Dakar has not started yet".
Helder Rodrigues (POR - YAM -- 4th)
"Like yesterday, today's stage was very technically demanding. And according to these changing conditions, I didn't know how fast I could ride. I am happy since I managed to keep cool. Actually, I was so happy about my 4th place yesterday that I couldn't believe it. So you can guess how great it is for me to finish 4th once again".
Ruben Faria (POR,SPEDakar,1st) :
"This is a child's dream to win a stage at Le Dakar. It was pretty tough today because I couldn't use the disc brake pad at the back of my motobike. On the other hand, I knew very well the course because I live in the region and lots of people supported me. Now is the time for a new story in Africa. I don't know the desert, I don't even know how to use GPS. I want to learn and reach my goal : Dakar".
David Casteu (FRA - KTM Gauloises, 3rd)
"I had a great fun with my new KTM motobike. I was so motivated to be able to catch up with David Fretigne during the stage, I could see him driving. Being in a pro team changes a lot, everything is prepared for you. I look forward to riding in Africa and getting back to the bivouac at night. It is such a magic place for friendship ".
Carlos Sainz (SPA - VW - 1st)
"Everything went fine today, I had even more pleasure than yesterday on the course. As for me, it's not that perfect to have the leadership before joining Africa. I'm still waiting for the desert to know what I can really do over there".
Luc Alphand (FRA - MIT -- 2nd)
"That was a fantastic WRC stage, the pace was much higher than usual in the Dakar and I was a bit worried about the cliffs on the side of the course. Since our car has been made for the desert, Portugal was not the perfect ground for us but I did quite well in these two stages. As for me, my goal in Portugal was to stay in touch with the front-runners".
Nani Roma (ESP - Mitsubishi -- 3ème)
"The stage was quite difficult but I really enjoyed myself today. It was a real pleasure even if we made a few little mistakes since the car was not built for this kind of course, with that much mud. Actually we will really be much better in the desert. It was quite fun here in Portugal, but the really serious things will start tomorrow in Africa.
Simon Jean-Joseph (FRA - MER - 1st Production)
"Honestly it was not a very good day for me. I had many problems with my gear box. It was blocked and I had to stop. So I lost a bit of time. But the most important thing is that I really enjoyed myself driving on a beautiful stage. It was very important for me since I still need time to get perfectly used to the car. What's more, except for this gear box problem, the car didn't suffer too much. And that's good."
Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT - BMW -- 3rd)
"I am very happy. The car is great even if it is a bit too big for the kind of course we had on these first two stages. That's why I really focused on driving very safely. But we were good today. We overtook Schlesser and many other cars. It looked a bit like WRC and I loved it".
Nasser Al Attiyah ( QAT - Xraid-BMW -- 3ème)
"I am very happy. The car is great even if it is a bit too big for the kind of course we had on these first two stages. That's why I really focused on driving very safely. But we were good today. We overtook Schlesser and many other cars. It looked a bit like WRC and I loved it.
Hiroshi Masuoka (JAP, Mitsubishi, 4th)
"That was a great stage with winding and muddy roads and cleffs. We drove very fast today which wasn't my first option at the beginning of Le Dakar 2006. It was like a rally stage not a classical Dakar stage because we were all motivated to test our cars".