Stage 11 Santiago to San Juan notes

Stage 11 - Santiago to San Juan Wednesday, January 13 * Liaison : 211 km * Speciale : 220 km * Liaison : 3 km * Total : 434 km Breaking news per ASO Dakar website: Times given in G.M.T. -3 22:42 Medical Release: Luca Manca has awoken No....

Stage 11 - Santiago to San Juan
Wednesday, January 13

* Liaison : 211 km
* Speciale : 220 km
* Liaison : 3 km
* Total : 434 km

Breaking news per ASO Dakar website:
Times given in G.M.T. -3

22:42
Medical Release: Luca Manca has awoken

No. 31: Luca Manca has awoken. He is conscious and breathes without assistance. He reacts totally normally to stimulations. He can't yet express himself due to the tubing he was subjected to, but answers by gesture to the questions he's asked. He also immediately recognized his father who came to stay at his side.

Dr Florence Pommerie Medical director of the rally

17:20 - Car
Stage 11 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) picked up his 1st stage victory on the Dakar by winning the 11th stage of the 32nd edition. With a time of 2.34:51, the free-ride skiing world champion beat the stage's local boy, Argentinean Orlando Terranova (Mitsubishi), by 30" and South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) by 39". More importantly, the 11th stage was marked by the duel for the lead in the general standings between the two Volkswagen team-mates, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz. Due to a slow puncture, the Spaniard lost 5'38 to the Qatari today. As a result, in the general standings and only 3 stages from the finish in Buenos Aires, "El Matador" Sainz is of course still out in front, but now only 4'28 ahead of Al-Attiyah! The position is more comfortable for American Mark Miller (VW), who is 3rd 23'50 behind the race leader and who continues to ensure (for the moment!) a 1-2-3 for the Wolfsburg-based constructor. In the Open category, unsurprisingly American Robby Gordon (Hummer) claimed his 10th triumph out of 11 specials, with the 7th best time of the day. Finally, in the Production category, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi won his 7th special on the 32nd edition, 5'17 ahead of Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota) and 12'37 in front of French novice Jean-Francois Vautier (Toyota). In the general standings for this category following the 11th special, which moreover witnessed the withdrawal of the title holder, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota), Mitsuhashi now boasts a lead of 6.13:07 over Spanish driver Foj.

17:11 - Bike
Stage 11 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) gave the Munich-based brand its first triumph on the Dakar since 2001. With a time of 2.44:50, Verhoeven, who picked up the 3rd victory of his career on the event, beat American Jonah Street (KTM) by 3" and Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (KTM) by 1'25. In the general standings, there is no change however, as Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) serenely contemplates the other riders from a lead that stands at 1.20:54 over Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). The Norwegian was the biggest winner of the 11th special stage, because he opened up a gap over his rivals for the runner-up spot and now boasts a lead of 7'01 over Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) and 9'41 over Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha).

17:05 - Truck
Stage 11 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, the two times winner of the event, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), picked up his 3rd victory in the Dakar 2010 and the 32nd of his career on the event. With a time of 3.02:53, the title holder beat his countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 32" and Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) by 4'45. Chagin is safe in the general standings however, since the "Tsar" still boasts a lead of 1.12:23 over his faithful lieutenant, Kabirov and a massive 9.21:02 over Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf).

16:59 - Quad
Stage 11 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) won his 2nd special of the 32nd Dakar. With a time of 3.18:33, Halpern beat his son countryman Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) by 4'31, and leader of the general standings, Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) by 5'47. There was no change in the general standings however, where Marcos Patronelli is now way, way ahead with a lead that stands at 2.23:05 over his "big brother" Alejandro, and 4.16:46 over Spaniard Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha).

16:20 - Truck
500 - In the end it's Kabirov!

The first 4 trucks have finished the day's special and in the end it is title holder Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) who has won his 3rd special stage victory on the 32nd Dakar and the 32nd in his career on the event. The Russian beat his team-mate and countryman, as well as leader of the general standings, Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 32", and Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) by 4'45.

15:25 - Truck
501 - Chagin regains control

Already the winner of 8 specials out of 10 and comfortably in the lead in the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has regained control in the day's special. Now that the first 5 trucks have completed 148 km of the day's special, Chagin has put in the best provisional time, 7'16 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 9'20 in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco).

15:16 - Car
341 - Another victory for Mitsuhashi in the production category

With 6 stage victories already and the overall lead in the Production category, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) has done it again, thanks to the 21st best time of the day, making it his third consecutive stage triumph, 5'17 ahead of Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota) and 12'37 ahead of Frenchman Jean-Francois Vautier (Toyota), who is taking part in his first Dakar. In the general standings, Mitsuhashi now has a lead of 6.13:07 over Spaniard Foj and 15.37:52 over Jean-Pierre Strugo (Nissan).

14:50 - Truck
501 - Kabirov ahead of his leader

Now that the first 5 trucks have completed 102 km of the day's special, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) now has the best provisional time, 16" ahead of general standings leader, his team-mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 1'34 in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco), still in 3rd.

14:19 - Truck
Just a second for Chagin

The first trucks have now completed 51 km of the day's special and the general standings leader, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), is in the lead, but only by one small second ahead of his team-mate and countryman, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), and 30" in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco).

14:15 - Car
303 - SAINZ HOLDS ON TO THE OVERALL LEAD BY 4'28!

At the end of this 11th car special, 7'19 behind the day's winner Chicherit (BMW), the general standings leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), lost 5'38 to his major rival for the title, his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). However, "El Matador" is still in the lead in the general standings, 4'28 ahead of the Qatari.

13:59 - Car
307 - Chicherit wins!

Now that the first 8 cars have finished the day's special, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) has put in the best provisional time and picks up his first special stage victory on the Dakar, 30" ahead of local boy Orlando Terranova (Mitsubishi) and 1'41 in front of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

13:50 - Car
307 - Chicherit opens the gap

The first 6 cars have just completed 190 km of the day's special and Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) still boasts the best provisional time, but now has a lead of 2'19 over Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 3'29 over Mark Miller (VW). Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) is 4'53 behind his team-mate and countryman Chicherit. Lastly, the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), trails the freestyle world champion by 7'49, meaning he is 5'30 behind his main rival for the title, his Qatari team-mate Al-Attiyah (VW).

13:33 - Car
307 - BMWs fighting for victory...

Now that the first 15 cars have completed 148 km of the day's special, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) once again has the best provisional time, 12" ahead of his team-mate Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'28 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). More importantly, the Qatari has already grabbed back 5' on his major rival Carlos Sainz (VW), who still holds the lead in the general standings for the moment.

13:25 - Quad
255 - Number 2 for Halpern

The first 5 quads have finished the day's special and Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) has achieved the best provisional time, picking up his 2nd special stage victory on the 32nd Dakar, 4'31 and 5'47 ahead of his countrymen, the Patronelli brothers (Yamaha), with Alejandro finishing ahead of younger sibling Marcos, who nonetheless still has a comfortable lead in the general standings.

13:10 - Truck
501 - THE TRUCKS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

Having won his 55th stage victory on the Dakar yesterday (a record!), Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) kicked off proceedings in the day's trucks special at 12.55 as scheduled, one hour after the last car started the stage. The "Tsar" was followed 2 minutes later by his faithful lieutenant, his team-mate and countryman, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

13:03 - Car
303 - Sainz comes unstuck...

Although he was driving at a normal pace, the Race-Touareg belonging to the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) bears the marks of a big impact on the roof. In fact, the air intake on the car's roof has been completely ripped off... This probably explains the time lost by the Spaniard by the time he had completed 102 km.

12:59 - Quad
255 - Halpern breaks away out in front

Now that the first 5 quads have completed 190 km of the day's special, Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, but more importantly the Argentinean now has leads of 1'40 and 3'05 respectively over his countrymen the Patronelli brothers (Yamaha), with older sibling Alejandro in front of Marcos.

12:51 - Car
306 - The duel for the lead goes on at VW

Having clocked in at CP1 (after 51 km), 13" behind his team-mate but main rival for the title, Carlos Sainz (VW), Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) now has the upper hand after 102 km of the day's special, since he has a lead of 2'24 over "El Matador"...

12:45 - Car
301 - "Peter" takes control

Now that the first 6 cars have completed 102 km of the day's special, Frencman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) boasts the best provisional time, 13" ahead of his team-mate and countryman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) and 1'09 in front of both American Miller (VW) and Argentinean Terranova (Mitsubishi) who have both achieved the same time.

12:25 - Bike
4 - Ullevalseter is today's big winner

The 4th placed finisher of the 11th special, Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), has put in the best performance of the day because, not only has he clawed back 1'55 on general standings leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), the Norwegian has strengthened his 2nd position in the general standings, distancing his two main rivals, Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) and Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) by 1'22 and 7'31 respectively.

12:24 - Car
311 - Terranova is 3rd at CP1

More cars have arrived at CP1 after 51 km of the day's special and now Argentinean Orlando Terranova (Mitsubishi) holds the 3rd best provisional time, 37" behind the stage leader Chicherit (BMW), but 9" ahead of South African Giniel De Villiers (VW), who is in 4th place, 12" in front of his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

12:20 - Bike
14 - 3rd best time for Duclos

More bikes have just finished the 11th special stage. Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (KTM) now has the 3rd best provisional time, 1'25 behind the day's winner Dutchman Verhoeven.

12:10 - Bike
8 - Verhoeven sends out a reminder to the pack

The first 10 bikes have finished the 11th stage and Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) has won, picking up his 3rd stage victory on the Dakar, but more importantly the first for the Munich-based constructor on its return this year. It is a fine comeback for Verhoeven who was close to withdrawing after the 2nd special stage. In the end, the Dutchman beat American Jonah Street (KTM) by 3" and Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) by 2'26. As for Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), he lost 5'08 over this 11th special.

12:05 - Car
307 - Chicherit leads at CP1

The first 5 cars have made it through CP1 after 51 km of the day's special and Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) has been credited with the best provisional time, 25" ahead of his team-mate and countryman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), and 58" in front of the general standings leader Carlos Sainz (VW). In his battle with his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), Sainz has a lead of 13" over the Qatari.

11:55 - Quad
Best time for Halpern after 148 km

Now that the first 4 quads have completed 148 km of the day's special, Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) is the provisional leader, 2" and 1'10 respectively ahead of his countrymen, the Patronelli brothers (both Yamaha), with Alejandro in front of his younger sibling, leader of the general standings, Marcos.

11:50 - Bike
8 - Verhoeven takes control

The first 10 bikes have completed 190 km of the day's special and it is now Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) who boasts the best provisional time, 2" ahead of American Jonah Street (KTM) and 1'44 in front of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) is continuing to regain time and now lies 6'09 behind the stage leader.

11:24 - Car
303 - THE CARS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of yesterday's special, and still leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) kicked off proceedings for the day's car special at 11.07, as scheduled. "El Matador" was followed 2 minutes later by Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

11:19 - Bike
24 - Verhoeven and Street neck and neck!

Now that the first 15 bikes have completed 190 km of the day's special, American Jonah Street (KTM) still has the best provisional time, but is now tied for the lead with Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW)! Both riders lead Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (KTM) by 1'23 and Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) by 1'24. As for Spaniard Marc Coma, he is now 8'13 behind the leaders. The situation is worse still for Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), who had difficulty keeping to the route over the first 50 kilometres. He now trails the leaders by 8'19.

11:10 - Quad
277 - They're catching up with Alejandro

Now that the first 4 quads have completed 102 km of the day's special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) is still out in front, but now only leads his countrymen Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and the leader of the general standings, his younger brother Marcos (Yamaha), by 6" and 43" respectively.

10:59 - Car
338 - It's all over for Gibon

Having rolled his car on the 9th special and suffered engine problems, the 2009 winner of the production category, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota), was not able to start out from the bivouac in Santiago this morning and has been forced to withdraw due to a broken engine... As a result, his team-mate, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi, who took over command in the general production standings yesterday following the Frenchman's mishaps, now boasts a lead of 6.07:50 over the new 2nd placed driver, Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota).

10:40 - Bike
24 - Street keeps up the pace out in front

The first 12 bikes have just completed 102 km of the day's special and American Jonah Street (KTM) still boasts the best provisional time, still 9" ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) and 25" in front of Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (KTM). As for Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) who is trying to regain the time lost following a navigational error after 13 km, he is now 8'46 behind the stage leader.

10:37 - Quad
277 - Argentina leads the way...

After 8 days spent in Chile, the Argentinean quad riders have decided to put on a show today on their return home. As a result, with the first 5 competitors through CP1 after 51 km of the day's special, 3 "gauchos" occupy the first 3 places of the provisional standings: Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) leads his countrymen Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and the leader of the general standings, his younger brother, Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) by 20" and 57" respectively.

10:22 - Bike
24 - Street in front at CP1

Now that the first 30 bikes have made it through CP1 after 51 km of the day's special, American Jonah Street (KTM) is now provisional leader, 9" ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) and 18" in front of Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (KTM). Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) is currently provisional 4th, 22" behind Jonah Street.

10:00 - Bike
1 - Coma trails by 9'49 at CP1

Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), the first rider to start today, now trails Norwegian Pal Ullevalseter (KTM) by 9'49 at CP1 after 51 km of the day's special, having made a navigational error after just 13 km of the stage.

09:58 - Bike
4 - Ullevalseter leads at CP1

Now that the first 10 bikes have made it through CP1 after 51 km of the day's special, Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) boasts the best provisional time, 1'13 ahead of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha) and 1'41 in front of general standings leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

09:50 - Quad
256 - THE QUADS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of yesterday's 10th stage, Spaniard Juan Manuel Corominas (Yamaha) started in 23rd position in the bike/quad pack at 9.24:30, as scheduled, kicking off proceedings in the day's quad special. "Pedrega", as he his nicknamed, was followed 6 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), who started in 35th place of the bike/quad pack.

09:45 - Bike
1 - A bad start for Coma...

Yesterday's special winner and therefore the first to start this morning, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has made a navigational error after just 13 km of the day's special stage. Heading straight on into the mountains instead of taking the track to the right, the Spanish rider realised he had made a mistake 3 km later when he checked at the hidden Way Point after 26.45 km. Aware that he had just missed out a little more than 10 km of the special, the title holder made an about turn and headed back to the 13-km point, to take the right direction this time...

09:10 - Bike
1 - READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome everybody. On completion of the 10th stage yesterday, 198 crews - 93 bikes, 14 quads, 60 cars and 31 trucks - were authorised to take starter's orders for the 11th stage this morning. The winner of the 10th stage, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) kicked off proceedings for the day's special at 8.55, as scheduled. The title holder was followed two minutes later by Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha).

07:00
STAGE 11: SANTIAGO -- SAN JUAN

434 km are on the menu for the 11th stage of this 32nd Dakar during which the competitors will leave Chile and return to Argentina, where the 220-km timed section will take place. They will cross the border at an altitude of 3500 m, ever so slightly higher than the point at which starter's orders for the special will be given. The competitors will have to tackle almost 100 km of narrow and winding tracks at an altitude of almost 2000 m before descending to the Argentine plains for the second half of the route. To get there, the riders and drivers must brave a descent measuring almost 20 km, which will be one of the major difficulties of the day for the cars and trucks, where they will have to avoid wear and tear on their brakes.

-source: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Jun Mitsuhashi , Jean-Pierre Strugo , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Alain Duclos , Joseph Adua , Jonah Street , Frans Verhoeven , Helder Rodrigues , Olivier Pain , Orlando Terranova , Nicolas Gibon , Marcos Patronelli , Alejandro Patronelli , Sebastian Halpern