Stage 12 Thursday 15 January 2009 Fiambala to La Rioja * Connection 4 km * Special 253 km * Connection 261 km BIKE: Cyril Despres (Fra - KTM) - 001 "There was action. The bike overheated a little. I was a bit afraid of the sand dunes. It...
Thursday 15 January 2009
Fiambala to La Rioja
* Connection 4 km
* Special 253 km
* Connection 261 km
Cyril Despres (Fra - KTM) - 001
"There was action. The bike overheated a little. I was a bit afraid of the sand dunes. It was touch because the sand was so soft. For a rally-raid biker, starting, passing two or three other bikers along the way and arriving after four hours of special stage, it's a small pleasure."
David Fretigne (Fra - Yamaha) - 012
"Back in the days, when I started enduro again, I chose Yamaha for its reliability. I am happy because today, I still had confirmation of this reliability. I had a small issue with my oil pressure release valve just before the pit stop CP and I had no oil left in my engine so the race was over for me, that was it! I reassembled everything and here I am. I think it's a miracle. If I take the oil gauge out, it's dry. There is not a single drop of oil left. I have no idea how I made it to the finish. I fiddled for 20min on the bike and I end up not loosing too much time. I tried to drive fast while listening to my engine, and here I am."
Marc Coma (Esp - KTM) - 002
"It was a real tough one, with a lot of off-road and navigation. It was hard to find ways to cross the dunes and the mountain. As a matter of fact, there was no way you could let your guard down during the whole special stage. But for me, it was another day without problems and that's important. But once again, as long as the finish line has not been crossed, anything can happen."
Michel Perin (copilot to C. Sainz - 301 - VW) - 301
We had made a small mistake in the first part. We took the wrong direction at a Y crossing but it was not too bad because we did end up on the right trail. We were tailing Giniel De Villiers who had started about 10' after us so it was still sort of OK. Then there was a hidden waypoint with a wadi indicated as 'danger'. But it should have been indicated as 'extremely dangerous'. By the way, the car behind us, Nani Roma's car, would have fallen in the same hole as we did if we had not been there already. I'm ok; I just have something broken in my arm, but I'm alright.
Giniel De Villiers (Afs - Volkswagen) - 305
"It was really a tough stage. In places we would go around in circles for 15' to find the right trail. It was very dangerous and the sand was really soft. We stopped a first time to deflate our tyres. Then a second time in a huge canyon with tons of boulders. Dirk (Von Zitzewitz) had to get out of the car to find a way out. It was really a tough day."
Mark Miller (USA - Volkswagen) - 308
"I can tell you that this was a very demanding stage. I cannot even imagine how the amateurs will make it to the finish today. It was not just difficult, navigation was almost impossible. It was a long series of horror situations from start to finish. These were the longest 200km in my life. It's not good news to know that Carlos had to withdraw. He has an important place in the team. We got 'tanked' three times. The sun and the sand were so bright that I would not see anything. I thing it was the toughest stage I ever drove in my life."
Firdaus Kabirov (Rus - Kamaz) - 506
"Today was a day to get lost. There was a lot of navigation. It's good for us but we almost lost the trail two or three times. Some waypoints were very hard to find in the dunes. Then we had a flat tyre. It took us 11 minutes to repair. Now I hope that the Kamaz will win this Dakar."