Stage 11 quotes

Bike:

Francisco Lopez: "I would have liked to have won today"

"I started calmly on this stage. I wanted to make sure of getting 3rd place. When I got to refuelling, I was told that I was leading the special. I set off again to catch up with Marc and Cyril, but 20 km after refuelling, I missed a note in the road-book, and took the wrong direction for 4 kilometres, but what with turning back, it turned out to be 8. I didn't manage to catch them. This year, it hasn't been easy. I would have liked to have won today, but that's racing. Now my goal is Buenos Aires. I'm still happy, though".

Alain Duclos: "It's 10,000 km of training for next year"

"The second week has actually gone well, as I planned. But it's true that it was difficult for me to get the bit between my teeth with all the problems that I had. When you set off with ambitions to be in the Top 5 and after 50 km out of 10,000 you already know you won't manage, it's hard to get back into the game. But here we are in the second week and I'm here. It's the place where I should be normally, but we didn't work well at the start. It's not a problems though, let's just say it's 10,000 km of training to be ready from the first day next year. Battling for the top places on the stages this week is good for confidence, it encourages me to work hard and not give up".

Marc Coma: "Tomorrow is another long day"

"Today was a great day. It was a hard day, though, and very long with a lot of rocks and dry river beds. In the end, both parts were superb and we managed to ride at a good pace. There's still tomorrow which will be a hard day, so anything is still possible. Tomorrow evening, we'll obviously be closer to the finish, but I have to make sure I get through the day okay. A calm approach is best: if something happens, then I'll just have to adapt, but if I take things professionally, then it should all be ok. I repeat: tomorrow is another long day. We'll see what happens afterwards".

Cyril Despres: "The fat lady hasn't sung yet"

"To succeed, you have to try first, and I'm trying. I'm doing everything I can, everything I know. It has to be said it was a superb special. Even if the time wasn't great, it was a pleasure to ride. In 2007; I won two days before the finish, and if I don't have a hope, it's impossible to ride at speeds like that. I'm still hoping and carrying on attacking. With Marc, we both ride KTM bikes, which is an advantage. We're quite close, but for the moment, the fat lady hasn't sung yet. There are still two days left".

Quinn Cody: "Like on the Bajas"

"I felt really good on this special. This terrain around here is exactly like on the Bajas, only way smoother. The terrain in the mountains was really similar to southern Bajas, so I feel comfortable. Every day, I'm getting more comfortable with the navigation and the road-book. I had a good time today and it was fun. I feel that I can get a good rhythm, read the road-book and ride fast at the same time. It's taken me this long to get comfortable with it, though".

Quad:

Alejandro Patronelli: "I would like to dedicate this stage to my family"

"Thank God they shortened this stage by a hundred kilometres, otherwise it would've been very tough. I hurt my hand and I'm having difficulty flexing my wrist. I struggled over the finishing line and I thank God that I was able to finish. I'm taking it easy, riding almost gently. I'm trying to finish and avoid any errors. I would like to dedicate this stage to my family and my friend Gustavito. I'm just concentrating on preserving the quad and my physical health. I just want to get to Buenos Aires, nothing more".

Car:

Krzysztof Holowczyc: "We had two slow punctures"

"For me it was a really strange stage. After the start, about 15 or 20 kilometres, we had two slow punctures at the rear, so we had to stop and change the wheels. Afterwards, we were a bit scared because we only had one wheel left, so we decided to not try and go really fast. On the road section we received a wheel from Stephane because he had a spare one and that made us much more confident, but this stage was really, really tough, very hard for the car. I saw what happened to Carlos, and in my opinion it was a really big hole, almost like three holes and he went in it. I saw the gap, he was 40 seconds behind Nasser, but it was possible that he was in Nasser's dust and didn't see the hole in the road".

Nasser Al Attiyah: "Carlos was pushing a lot"

"Today we had a good start. We just stayed behind "Peter". Everything was okay, the car worked very well and there were no problems. There was a lot of dust on the stage, but the good thing is that we finished and we'll see what we can do tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a different day as well. I don't know what happened to Carlos. I hope he can fix his wheel. Today I think Carlos was pushing a lot. From my side I'm really happy, I did a very good job and so did my co-pilot and the team. I'm quite happy and I will do my best to reach Buenos Aires. Tomorrow will be a different day and we will open the stage, but I don't think there will be any problems for us and we'll take it really easy".

Giniel De Villiers: "I'm just happy to be here"

"There were lots of rocks in the sand washes so it was easy to make a mistake in the dust, especially passing the motorbikes, it wasn't easy. We just tried to keep it clean. There's no point in us trying to push too hard, so I'm just happy to be here. I don't know what happened to Carlos, because we were concentrating on staying on the road ourselves, so I don't know hat happened behind. As you can see, it's quite hot. I'm sweating quite a bit and it's extremely hot. It's incredible, especially in the sand washes, it's very, very hot".

Stephane Peterhansel: "It would be a shame to end up having an accident"

"Carlos's problems will allow Nasser to have a much more comfortable last two days. Carlos already lost the Dakar two days from the finish two years ago. We know that it is always complicated to win the Dakar and he's seen just how much this time. As for us, there isn't much left to be gained by going out to attack. We're in fourth and third place is too far away. It would be a shame to end up having an accident. Even if, for us, fourth position isn't much to write home about, it would be good for the team and the mechanics to get the car back to Buenos Aires in this position".

Carlos Sainz: "For me, it's first or nothing"

"I pushed as hard as I could and when I was in Nasser's dust, I didn't see a hole. I went straight into it and broke the suspension. I tried everything I could to go on the attack, because I haven't come here to finish second. For me it's first or nothing, so finishing second or third is the same".

Truck:

Firdaus Kabirov: "Two days left and a lot of miles to cover"

"I had a puncture and had to change a wheel, which cost me 15 minutes today. But there is still a battle with Chagin for victory, since there are two days left and a lot of miles to cover".

-source: dakar

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