MOTOBIKES: Fabrizio Meoni (KTM) - nÂ°1 I'm not an Enduro specialist so I didn't go fast. For me the race really starts in Africa. Every year I'm behind the others in Europe. It doesn't matter. If I could ride quickly here I would. There is time...
Fabrizio Meoni (KTM) - n°1
I'm not an Enduro specialist so I didn't go fast. For me the race really starts in Africa. Every year I'm behind the others in Europe. It doesn't matter. If I could ride quickly here I would. There is time to be won but so much you can lose. My bike and myself, we prefer Africa. We'll play our cards in Africa on our playground.
Alfie Cox (KTM) - n°2
It's impossible! I couldn't have finished in second position of this special. It's a huge surprise. I'm very surprised because it isn't the kind of special I like. No! I'm sure it's a mistake. I didn't give everything but if I really have second spot, it's a good surprise. Unlike Fabrizio Meoni, I'm used to attcking every day. You can't lose precious seconds. One has to make it to Africa in the leading group.
Cyril Desprès (KTM) - n°7
This third place is a satisfaction. I've been off my bike for four weeks which is not exactly the good thing to do to prepare a Dakar. I listened to my doctor's advice. They promised I would be ready on the D-day. Today is D-day and everything is fine. I have great sensations and my smile is back, without attacking too much or making to many silly things. Just enjoying myself. I am more of an Enduro pilot so today's course was quite good for me. The same goes for Richard Sainct. The three KTM-Gauloise riders are in the top three positions overall. We'll try to keep it that way.
Richard Sainct (KTM) - n°3
I'm happy to win here. It's my third consecutive win in the area. It's really great to win in front of a French crowd and on this type of terrain. It's always a pleasure riding here. This year we didn't know the course and it was more technical than last year. We had some fog and a bit of rain which was tough for visibility. We knew that the KTM team would be present here. But then again, the Dakar is not won here but it's a mental win on my competitors
Nani Roma (KTM) - n°4
On this kind of special, you can't give everything otherwise you can lose a lot. The stats of the first 25 Dakars show that the rider who wins the European specials, rarely wins the rally. The race starts in Africa.
Jean-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Ford) - n°208
A very tough special filled with stones. The danger was to puncture a tyre and lose a lot of time. I could have driven a minute faster but could also have gotten stuck on the special. We couldn't take risks. Before going to Castellon, we're going to check the car and change the tyres for the liaison. We now have 500kms to do. We'll take it easy, respecting road rules.
Air Vatanen (Nissan) - n°204
With all due respect to the car, it's not made for this kind of special. It really isn't a rally car. Shinozuka's car and mine choked in a turn. Forty kilometres out of six thousands! No need to talk about it... I'm really happy to drive, to see so many people.
Giniel De Villiers (Nissan) - n°217
I'm not impatient of seeing the desert, there's so much road left before we get there. Today's result is excellent for us but doesn't mean anything. I'll take things as they come. I absolutely have to finish this Dakar. The road is long..."