Stage 11 notes

18:30 - truck
500 - Chagin triumphs once more

The first 5 trucks have just finished the day's special and unsurprisingly, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has won, picking up his 6th victory on this 33rd edition, raising the record for stage victories in all the categories to 62. At the finishing line, the "Tsar" beat Spaniard Pep Vila (Iveco) by 10'53 and his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) by 13'23.As a result in the general standings, Chagin now has leads of 30'31 and 2:58'43 respectively over his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

17:55 - car
300 - Sainz loses 1:14'50 on the 11th stage

After breaking his suspension at the 410 km point, the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), has just completed the 11h special, 1:14'50" behind the day's winner, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).As a result in the general standings, "El Matador" now lies in 3rd place, 1:27'27" behind the leader Al-Attiyah (VW), but especially 13'18 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW). The last two stages should hold a superb battle in store between the Frenchman and the Spaniard to decide who climbs onto the 3rd step of the podium.

17:34 - truck
500 - Chagin heading for victory 62

The first five trucks have just passed through CP2 after 601 km of the day's special (based on the initially planned stage length), and once again Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has regained the best provisional time, 10'53 ahead of Spain's Pep Vila (Iveco) and 13'23 in front of his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

17:30 - car
300 - Sainz trails by 1 hr 12 min at CP2!

After breaking his suspension at the 410 km point of the stage, the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), has just passed through CP2 after 601 km of the day's special (based on the initially planned stage length) 1:12'21" behind the day's winner, his great rival in the fight for the title, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

16:59 - quad
255 - Halpern wins, Patronelli on parade

The first 4 quads have completed the day's timed section and in the end Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) has won, making it his 2nd stage victory in his career on the Dakar. At the finishing line, the Argentinean beat his countrymen Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) and Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) by 1'58 and 4'36 respectively.In the general standings, the elder of the Patronelli brothers still boasts a solid lead, with an advantage that now stands at 1:06'32 over today's stage winner.

16:57 - car
302 - Nasser turns the screw

The first 3 cars have just finished the day's timed section and Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has won, picking up his 4th stage victory on this 33rd edition and the 12th in his career on the Dakar. At the finishing line, the Qatari beat Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) by 1'13, and his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW) by 4'52.Whilst awaiting the arrival of Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), who has resumed the race after losing more than an hour repairing his broken suspension at the 410 km point, the situation in the general standings is as follows: Al-Attiyah has a lead of
51'49 over De Villiers and 1:40'45 over "Peter".

16:36 - quad
255 - Halpern leads at CP2 in front of Maffei

The first 5 quads have now made it through CP2 after 601 km of the day's special and Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) still boasts the best provisional time, and leads his countrymen Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) and Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), the leader of the general standings.

16:35 - car
300 - Sainz is back on the move

Having broken his front right suspension after 410 km of the day's special, the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) is on the move again after a halt of 1 hour and 9 minutes.

16:33 - truck
502 - Kabirov still in with a shout

Now that the first 5 trucks have completed 410 km of the day's special, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) now holds the best provisional time, 23" and 4'23 respectively ahead of his team-mates and countrymen Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

16:30 - car
302 - Nasser on parade

The first 5 cars have made it through CP2 after 601 km of the day's special and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still leads, 1'33 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 5'07 in front of his team-mate South African Giniel De Villiers (VW).As for the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) is still at a standstill at the 410 km point, with a broken front suspension, awaiting his assistance team.

15:36 - truck
500 - The truck race resumes...

Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has re-started the day's special after the 160-km neutralised section at 3.20 PM.

15:33 - car
300 - Is it all over for Sainz?

At a standstill after 410 km of the day's special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) seems to have broken the front right suspension on his Touareg. For the moment, it is impossible to say whether the title holder will be able to resume racing, but in any case he is set to lose lots of time.

15:30 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah makes the break

The first 4 cars have completed 411 km of the day's special and now Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has the best provisional time, 1'31 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 4'30 in front of South African Giniel De Villiers (VW). However, it is especially due to the problems experienced by his Spanish team-mate and rival, Carlos Sainz (VW), who has now been rejoined by another team-mate, American Mark Miller (VW), that the Qatari's stage is looking to be a success.

15:23 - car
300 - Problem for Sainz

The title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) is currently at a standstill at the 410 km point of the day's special and has been for the last 15 minutes.

15:10 - bike
002 - Despres takes a nibble out of Coma's lead

The first two bikes have just finished the day's timed section and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) has won, picking up his 3rd stage victory on this 33rd Dakar, the 26th of his career on the Dakar. In the end, the title holder beat his main rival, the general standings leader Marc Coma (KTM), by 2'12, and Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) by 6'20.In the general standings, the Spaniard still holds a solid lead, now 15'58 ahead of the Frenchman and 49'24 in front of "Chaleco".

14:59 - quad
255 - Patronelli in control

The leader of the general standings with a lead of 1:11'08 at the start of the 11th stage this morning, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) no longer needs to force the issue. As proof, the elder of the Patronelli brothers is in complete control of the race and currently lies in provisional 2nd place after 410 km, 1'35 behind his main rival, his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha). The 3rd provisional position is occupied by Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha), 5'13 behind the stage leader.

14:55 - car
308 - The car race resumes...

South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) re-started the day's car special after the 160-km neutralised section, at 2.42 PM.

14:52 - bike
002 - Despres leads at CP2

The first 4 bikes have made it through CP2 after 601 km (based on the initial stage length) of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, 2'10 ahead of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 5'52 ahead of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

14:42 - bike
002 - Despres regains the lead

The first 3 bikes have reached the 578 km point of the day's special (in keeping with the initially planned length) and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) now holds the best provisional time, 2'09 ahead of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 5'32 ahead of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

14:40 - quad
255 - The quad race resumes...

Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) has re-started the day's quad special after the 160-km neutralised section at 2.19 PM.

13:54 - quad
251 - A setback for Machacek

The winner of the Dakar 2009, and 3rd in the generals standings at the start of this 3rd stage, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) is currently at a standstill at the 105 km point of the day's special with broken rear axle and is awaiting his assistance team.

13:45 - bike
003 - "Chaleco" carries on where he left off

The first 3 bikes have just completed 410 km of the day's special and Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'15 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 3'08 in front of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

13:32 - truck
500 - The trucks have reached the neutralised section

The first 5 trucks have just reached the 224 km point on the day's special, where the neutralised section begins. The leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), still possesses the best provisional time, 1'34 and 4'59 respectively in front of his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

13:14 - bike
003 - The bike race resumes...

Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) has got the bike special re-started after the neutralised section at 1.07 PM, and has been followed 1'29 later by Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), in accordance with the gap separating the two competitors on arrival at the neutralised section.

13:09 - truck
500 - Chagin increases his advantage

The first 4 trucks have completed 201 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), still holds the best provisional time. Better still, the "Tsar" has opened up a gap on his pursuers and now has leads of 1'17 and 4'46 respectively over his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikoalev (Kamaz).

12:45 - quad
255 - Halpern still leads at the neutralised section, but...

The first 6 quads have reached the 224 km point on the day's special, the point where the 160-km neutralised link section begins and Argentinean Sebastien Halpern (Yamaha) still has the best provisional time, 1'08 ahead of the general standings leader, his countryman Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), and 4'16 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).However, these positions could change, since the Iritrack on the quad of Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) has not been giving his position since the 171 km point.

12:32 - car
300 - First cars at the neutralised section

The first 4 cars have reached the 224 km point on the day's special, the point where the 160-km neutralised link section begins and are led by Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), 1'24 ahead of his main rival and leader of the general standings, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 2'19 in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

12:24 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah in 2nd after 201 km

The first 6 cars have just completed 201 km of the day's special and whilst Carlos Sainz (VW) still holds the best provisional time, the Spaniard now has a lead of 1'19 over the leader of the general standings, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 1'49 over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

12:18 - truck
500 - Chagin just keeps on truckin'

The first five trucks have now passed through the 124 km point on the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), still boasts the best provisional time, 26" and 3'24 respectively ahead of his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikoalev (Kamaz).

12:08 - car
300 - Sainz carries on pushing, but the gap with Al-Attiyah

Now that the first 5 cars have completed 178 km of the day's special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) leads, 1'03 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'26 in front of the general standings leader, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

11:51 - quad
255 - Halpern leads after 178 km, but...

The first 5 quads have completed 178 km of the day's special and Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) possesses the best provisional time, 48" ahead of the general standings leader, his countryman Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), and 4'32 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).However, these positions could change, since the Iritrack on the quad of Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha), stage leader at the 124 km point, has not been giving his position since the 171 km point.

11:34 - car
300 - Sainz continues to force the pace up front

Now that the first 5 cars have completed 124 km of the day's special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best provisional time, 21" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), but more importantly 1'33 ahead of the general standings leader, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

11:32 - truck
500 - Chagin still leads at CP1 (camion) (dossard 500)

The first 5 trucks have made it through CP1 after 87 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still holds the best provisional time, now 27" ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). Provisional third place is currently occupied by their young team-mate and countryman Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz), but he now lies 3'15 behind the stage leader.

11:20 - truck
500 - Chagin regains the lead

The first five trucks have reached the 58 km point of the day's special and now the leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time, 30" and 2'24 respectively ahead of his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikoalev (Kamaz).

11:15 - car
301 - "Peter" gains time back on Sainz...

The first 6 cars have made it through CP1 after 87 km of the day's special and whilst Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still possesses the best provisional time, the title holder only has a lead of just 12" over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), but 1 minute over his main rival, the leader of the general standings, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

10:59 - quad
280 - Maffei opens up a gap

The first 5 quads have now completed 124 km of the day's special and Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, 1'50 and 1'56 respectively ahead of his countrymen Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and the general standings leader, Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

10:58 - bike
003 - First bikes at the neutralised section

The first 3 bikes have reached the 224 km point on the day's special, the point where the 160-km neutralised link section begins. Logically, Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) arrived first, 1'29 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 3'00 in front of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

10:49 - bike
003 - "Chaleco" opens up a gap

The first 3 bikes have just completed 201 km of the day's special and Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) is still out in front, with a lead that now stands at 59" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 2'45 in front of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

10:46 - car
300 - Sainz improves his lead

The first 5 cars have passed through the 58 km point of the day's special and are still led by Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW). Better still, the title holder now boasts a lead of 23" over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 49" over the general standings leader, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

10:38 - truck
502 - The Kamaz team duel continues

The first 5 trucks have just completed 20 km of the day's special and Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time, 30" ahead of his team-mate and countryman, current leader of the general standings Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 45" in front of Spaniard Pep Vila (Iveco).As a reminder, on departure from Chilecito this morning, Chagin's lead in the general standings over Kabirov stood at 17'27.

10:26 - bike
003 - "Chaleco" takes control

The first 3 bikes have just completed 178 km of the day's special and now Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) has the best provisional time, 2" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 1'49 in front of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

10:18 - quad
280 - Maffei leads at CP1

The first 5 quads have made it through CP1 after 87 km of the day's special and Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha), 8th to start this morning, now holds the best provisional time, 1'09 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 1'15 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

10:14 - car
300 - Sainz leads after 20 km

The first 5 cars have completed 20 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) boasts the best provisional time, 4" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 11" in front of the general standings leader, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

10:07 - bike
002 - Despres still leads after 124 km

The first 5 bikes have completed 124 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, 1'00 ahead of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia), and 3'28 in front of American Quinn Alexis Cody (Honda). It should be noted that the Iritrack on the bike of the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), has not yet given his position.

09:54 - truck
500 - The truck race is underway...

The winner of the 10th stage yesterday and new leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), kicked off proceedings in the truck special, starting in 6th position (!) of the car-truck pack at 9.45 AM as scheduled. The "Tsar" was followed 6 minutes later by his faithful lieutenant and main rival for the title, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

09:47 - quad
255 - Halpern leads after 58 km

The first 4 quads have just completed 58 km of the day's special and Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) still possesses the best provisional time, 12" ahead of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) and 1'38 in front of the general standings leader, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

09:41 - car
308 - De Villiers gets the car special started...

The winner of the 10th stage yesterday, South African Giniel De Villiers (VW), kicked off proceedings in the day's car-truck special at 9.35 AM as scheduled. The winner of the 2009 edition was followed 2 minutes later by the surprising Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc (BMW).

09:36 - bike
014 - Duclos in 3rd place at CP1

10 bikes have made it through CP1 after 87 km of the day's special and now Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (Aprilia) has the 3rd best provisional time, 1'23 behind the provisional leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), but 12" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), now in 4th place at CP1.

09:20 - bike
002 - Despres still leads at CP1

The first 3 bikes have passed through CP1 after 87 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the provisional lead, 1'16 ahead of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) and 1'35 in front of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

09:07 - bike
004 - Rodrigues in 2nd after 58 km

The first 10 bikes have now completed 58 km of the day's special and whilst Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, the Frenchman now leads the new 2nd placed rider, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), by 1'08. In turn, Rodrigues lies 7" in front of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

09:07 - quad
255 - Halpern leads by a whisker after 20 km...

Now that the first 6 quads have completed 20 km of the day's special, Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) boasts the best provisional time, but only by a tiny second ahead of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) and 7" in front of his countryman Jorge Santamarina (Honda), who is opening the road today.

08:59 - bike
002 - Despres going all out for the win...

The first 4 bikes have now completed 58 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'15 ahead of his main rival and the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 2'07 in front of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

08:43 - bike
002 - Despres leads after 20 km

The first 8 bikes have completed 20 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) boasts the best provisional time, 8" ahead of Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and 27" ahead of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia). The leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), trails the provisional leader by 34".

08:39 - quad
273 - The quad race is underway!

The winner of the 10th stage yesterday, Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda), kicked off proceedings in the day's quad special, starting in 36th position in the bike-quad pack at 8.26 AM as scheduled. He was followed 30" later by his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

08:05 - bike
001 - Coma gets the day's special started

On completion of the 10t stage yesterday, 212 crews (96 bikes, 15 quads, 60 cars and 41 trucks) were authorised to take starter's orders for today's stage. The leader of the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), kicked off proceedings in the bike category at 7.50 AM as scheduled, 2 minutes before his main rival for the title, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM). As a reminder, at the start of this 11th stage, a gap of 18'10 separates the two men in the general standings, in favour of the Spaniard...

07:05
Route modification

Due to the sections of the terrain being washed away by the rain that has fallen recently on the region of San Juan, the organisers have decided, in the interests of safety, to remove slightly less than 100 km from the specials in the 2nd part of the day's route. This 11th special will now measure 530 km.

06:01
The penultimate chance to make a difference...

622 km, of which 160 are neutralised, will be on the menu for the competitors for this second to last stage of the 33rd Dakar, which will take them on a fairly technical route at altitude to begin with, before the neutralised section. Afterwards, the second part holds a wider variety of terrains in store.In sporting terms, this special will be one of the last opportunities to make the difference for the participants involved in the fight for the title. As such, in the bike category, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) will have no other choice but to go on all out attack to reduce the gap that separates him from the leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), before the 12th and last real special on which he will have to give absolutely everything. Indeed, with a lead of 18 minutes the Catalan can allow himself to concentrate on simply controlling the race, in regular fashion, of course.Experiencing this type of situation will also be the hope of Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) in the car race. The Qatari leader of the general standings with a lead of 12'37 over the title holder, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW), played his trump card during the 10th special stage and must now manage his lead on tracks similar to those on the WRC circuit, generally more favourable to the former two times world rally champion in 1990 and 1992.

-source: dakar

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