Dakar: Yamaha stage 13 report

Frétigné second in stage 13 David Frétigné (Yamaha WR450F - Yamaha MF Gauloises Ipone) put in another great performance yesterday. Frétigné was the fastest after 246 km (CP2), but in the end it was Australian Andy Caldecott who won the...

Frétigné second in stage 13

David Frétigné (Yamaha WR450F - Yamaha MF Gauloises Ipone) put in another great performance yesterday. Frétigné was the fastest after 246 km (CP2), but in the end it was Australian Andy Caldecott who won the stage 2'06 ahead of the Yamaha Moto France rider. David retains his fifth overall, 7 minutes ahead of Caldecott (KTM).

With the entry in Mali riders had to face a different type of terrain, changing the desert for the scenery of black Africa. Riders left early in the morning, all wearing a mourning-band, for a liaison of 205 km to reach the start of the special. Andy Caldecott and Chris Blair were the two fastest riders at CP1 ahead of Frétigné. Overall leader Cyril Despres (KTM) lost 6'35" after a light crash damaging his exhaust. The second part of the day saw a more technical course. Frétigné perfectly displayed his riding skills, but his WR450F was outgunned in sheer speed by Caldecott's 660cc bike on a fast section near the end of the stage. Despres finished seventh in the end, the Frenchman now has lead of 16'06" over Coma. Dutch Yamaha rider Bas Verhoeven (WR450F)finished 18th and is 16th in overall standings, third in the Production two class.

"Wednesday was really a tough day with the cancellation of the stage," commented Frétigné. "Everbody was pondering about the events of Tuesday and it's not very good. Actually it would have been better not to cancel the special of Bamako to give our minds some rest. Yesterday's stage was beautiful, very technical and I enjoyed riding it. But even just riding again did not come easy. I really had to concentrate during the race not to think about Fabrizio, but luckily it worked well for me and I finished second. Just a shame that there was so much dust. The 14th stage will be very similar and I'm really looking forward to it."

Tomorrow the competitors tackle the last big special of the 2005 Dakar - 630 km from Kayes to Cambacounda.

-yamaha-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Cyril Despres , David Fretigne , Andy Caldecott