PARIS, January 4, 1997 - Top 10 placings after today's 587- km first stage of the Dakar-Agades-Dakar rally: CARS 1. Jean-Pierre Fontenay FRA Mitsubishi 3:17:56 2. Bruno Saby FRA Mitsubishi + 2:25 3. Kenjiro Shinozuka JPN Mitsubishi +3:21 4. Jean-Louis Schlesser FRA Buggy + 5:13 5. Salvador Servia ESP Nissan + 7:55 6. Hiroshi Masuoka JPN Mitsubishi + 10:32 7. Thierry de Lavergne FRA Nissan + 10.36 8. Jean-Pierre Strugo FRA Mitsubishi + 13:02 9. Jose Servia I Costa ESP Nissan + 13:34 10. Philippe Wambergue FRA Nissan + 15:53 MOTORCYCLES 1. Stephane Peterhansel FRA Yamaha 3:15:14 2. Richard Sainct FRA KTM + 2:23 3. Fabrizio Meoni ITA KTM + 10:15 4. Jordi Arcarons ESP KTM + 11:56 5. Danny Laporte U.S. KTM + 13:27 6. Thierry Magnaldi FRA KTM + 17:46 7. Heinz Kinigadner AUT KTM + 20:54 8. David Castera FRA Yamaha + 27:13 9. Jimmy Lewis U.S. KTM + 28:33 10. Carlos Sotelo ESP Cagiva + 29:28 -30-

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