Stage 6 Thursday 8 January 2009 San Rafael to Mendoza * Connection 76 km * Special 395 km * Connection 154 km BIKE: Cyril Despres (Fra -- KTM) - 001 "That's two good days I've had now. It's a memory to cherish, because it hasn't always...
Thursday 8 January 2009
San Rafael to Mendoza
* Connection 76 km
* Special 395 km
* Connection 154 km
Cyril Despres (Fra -- KTM) - 001
"That's two good days I've had now. It's a memory to cherish, because it hasn't always been the case for me this year. It was wonderful. The sand was light grey yesterday, but after the rain this morning it was dark grey. It felt like it was a different place, but it was actually the same dunes. I had a lot of fun. Of course, when you can see the tracks from a long way off, you try and take short cuts here and there to gain a few seconds. I rode the race well today".
Jordi Viladoms (Esp -- KTM) - 009
"I'm really happy with this stage. Until now, I hadn't had an easy day on the rally. I got a puncture on the first day, and then I had to help Marc Coma the following days. All in all, I'm happy because I've worked hard. My results could be better, but the other riders have had mishaps too. I feel good, on top form and I hope it continues like this. At team level, we've really worked well, and that's what has made the difference. When Marc had problems, I was behind him and behind me, there was still Gerard Farres. Yesterday, I had trouble, but I tried my hardest to fight back and start as near as possible to Marc today. With the results for this 6th stage, I'll be well placed again to help him tomorrow. Between us, it's proper teamwork".
Francisco Lopez (Chl -- KTM) - 020
"It was a different stage. There was a lot more navigation. At the start, Jonah Street was riding well with Frans Verhoeven. But after that, I navigated better and ended up ahead of them. The stage was short, but very varied. The tires are okay, so everything is fine".
Nasser Al Attiyah (Qat -- BMW) - 302
"We missed a way point. Due to the engine overheating, we couldn't go through the dunes. The temperature rose to 120. The engine stopped and I preferred to choose a different route and avoid the dunes. We missed a way point before reaching CP1. When we push too hard, the engine temperature gets too high. It should have been repaired yesterday. If we can't repair this problem, then we won't be able to carry on. It's bad news, but we'll have to wait and see".
Giniel De Villiers (SAf -- Volkswagen) - 305
"It was quite tricky in the beginning in the dunes. A few times we had to turn around because we couldn't make it up some dunes. In some places it was very soft. If it hadn't rained last night, it would have been really, really tricky. The end of the stage was quite easy. In the Dakar, every day you have to finish the stage without problems and so far the Touareg is going very well. We've had no problems so far. There's still a week to go, so we need to keep it there in terms of our speed and reliability".
Nani Roma (Esp -- Mitsubishi) - 304
"The stage was difficult at the beginning with a lot of dunes, trees also, as well as other obstacles, but we got through it okay. We finished well and with every day that goes by, it's positive for us. We are working hard and still improving things on the car. The Dakar is a long distance race, so our aim is to arrive in Valparaiso with the car in the best state possible. After that, we'll see what happens".