Stage 13 Friday 16 January 2009 La Rioja to Cordoba * Connection 161 km * Special 545 km * Connection 47 km BIKE: Cyril Despres (Fra - KTM) - 001 It's fast; it's fun. It's exactly the images you see in WRC but this time it's with a bike...
Friday 16 January 2009
La Rioja to Cordoba
* Connection 161 km
* Special 545 km
* Connection 47 km
Cyril Despres (Fra - KTM) - 001
It's fast; it's fun. It's exactly the images you see in WRC but this time it's with a bike and standing on our toe clips. Of course, when you are behind, you want just one thing: race it to try and catch up on the time lost for good. But today, the weather made it impossible to race the first part of the special stage. It's a pitty but that's also the race!
Marc Coma (Esp - KTM) - 002
"A pretty tough stage. Not a lot of navigation, but a lot of riding. There was not a lot of grip, so we had to stand on the bike all the time. It was very demanding physically. But very entertaining in the final part. I had a lot of fun. Again, a one-of-a-kind stage on the Dakar. Tomorrow will be a long stage. In the previous Dakars, we were used to a short final stage around Lake Rose, here, we have 220 km of special stage. That's a lot and a lot can happen too."
David Fretigne (Fra - YAM) - 012
I am really happy to be out of this special stage because I did not expect it to be so fast. There were a number of traps, small narrow turns... For 30 km, it was very bendy and there were a lot of fast sections in between. I quickly saw that I could not do much so I tried to race well, attacking in order not to loose too much time. I must be third I guess so it was a nice special stage. Again, the Yamaha 450cc has given all it had so as there is one day left, I must do damage control and bring her to the podium. This was a special stage where we could make a difference or loose everything. There were ravines, so I had to measure the risk I was taking. And this is what I did because I had to watch out mainly when turning and braking.
Joan "Nani" Roma (Esp - MITSU) - 304
Yesterday was a stage like there are many on rally-raids. You must always expect this kind of ups and downs on a race like the Dakar. Today, I drove well. The car responded well too. This stage victory is a satisfaction for everybody. Now, we are going to go back to Buenos Aires without taking too much risk. I am not disappointed at the end of this Dakar.
Krisztof Holowczyc (Pol -- Nissan) - 317
"Today was a great stage for me. It's funny because this morning, Jean Marc (Fortin) and I, we were saying: 'do you remember back in 1999, we had lost a wheel of our Subaru in WRC right here. It was rather easy for us, not too heavy on the car that does lack a bit of power. In the sand, we loose time but on this type of trail, it's easy to drive. Some parts of the special stage were the same as in the WRC Rally of Argentina. This allows drivers to express their talents on more technical sections."
Giniel De Villiers (Afs - Volkswagen) - 305
"I think we can call this a team stage. The most important is to reach the finish particularly after loosing a car yesterday. The manager wanted us to drive like this today and we abide by the wishes of the team. It's important for Volkswagen to finish the Dakar in first and second places. We don't want to take any chances anymore. It would be meaningless. We worked hard to get to this and throwing it all away on the last two stages would not be clever. For now, I am happy of my Dakar. It could have been better. But this is how it goes with the Dakar."