Stage 13 quotes

Bike:

Juan Pedrero: "Really, really happy"

"I am really happy. We worked hard and we can be happy. I must thank Marc (Coma) and all of those who helped me, especially the many sponsors without whom I would not be here. I am really, really happy. My track record is a fast one, for sure. In just three year, I am now in an official team and I am finishing fifth!"

Frans Verhoeven: "Pretty happy with my Dakar"

"To be honnest, this was not a stage for me. It was too short. I prefer longer stages. At my age, longer stages are better; I am an enduring person. I did some self-motivation and this morning, I was very focuses on the curves. I released the brakes a notch and I increased my puch another notch. I tried not to make mistakes despite the dust in front of me. I was pretty successful and I won the scratch. I had a very good Dakar. I finished almost every day in the Top 10. It was my goal. There was just one very bad day where I have to change my engine in the stage and I lost 5h30. If I had not lost that time, I would have fought for fourth place. But tha's not how it works. I am finishing 16th and I am pretty happy about it."

Marc Coma: "Many sacrifices to get to here"

"Staying focused was essential so I did focus on my riding. It was the only way to win. What was really tough was that I could not let my guard down, not even for a second. When a tough was ending, the next one was even tougher. We all know that a Dakar is a difficult race but this year it was particularly difficult. This victory is the reward of all the hard work, the reward of many years and a lot of tensions over the last few days. It is the bonus you get for steering right and for so many sacrifices over the years. I have to pay tribute to all the people in my team, who supported me. We had ambitious goals and to reach them we had to have the best, people made for the Dakar and willing to all work towards the same goal. As anyone in the Dakar, we had tough times. So I am going to get some rest and think about the future. Becaue, truth is that with the race and the permanent tension I did not have time to think about anything else in a long time."

Cyril Despres: "Sad I could not do better than this"

"This special is different if you are in first place as it was the case last year... then you want the race to be shorter. When you are second, you would want the race to be longer. But anyway, the feeling of finishing a Dakar is always nice especially here with all the people welcoming you. I am sad I could not do better than this though I raced 11 Dakar, won 3 and ended 8 times on the podium. One more would have been great. But I just could not make any better. I made some mistakes; they were two small mistakes but they held some heavy consequences."

Car:

Krzysztof Holowzcyc : "We are trying to be upfront"

"The stage was a WRC-type of stage: heavy braking, stong accelerations. We quickly took over Peterhansel who seemed to take it easy on this stage. Of course, it was great to finish right behind the best drivers. By the way, in front of me, there are only drivers who won the Dakar before. But I am more ambitious than my final fifth place. I want to be upfront and I will be back, better prepared and with a better car."

Carlos Sainz: "I gave it my very best shot"

"Before racing a Dakar, you know it will be tough. All Dakar raids are tough. It's like that. No, I am not disappointed. This is how the race goes. After two tough weeks, there is nothing left to say. I gave it my very best shot."

Stephane Peterhansel: "things haven't turned out as well as they might have"

"Things haven't turned out as well as they might have. We had what was necessary to be in the fight. On week one, we were there. We were just a few minutes behind the leaders but it all went downhill from there... because of my mistakes. There were navigation mistakes, and of course some technical problems. And in the end, we are not doing better than last year: we are fourth. That's what motorsport is all about. The Dakar is a tricky race, we know that. You have to get over the mistakes and the traps to succeed. We will be here next year. We will have to reconsider our strategy and find ways to improve the car. We already have a few ideas."

Giniel De Villiers: "A great result for Volkswagen"

"This last stage was top speed and many 90% curves. It was a showcase for driving skills. It's nice to finally finish, especially after the long stage yesterday. We had very long days this year; but that is how a Dakar is supposed to be. First, second and third place, that's quite an achievement for Volkswagen. It is also the second victory in a row like this. Finishing second is great for me. First, I need to congratulate Nasser. He made a brilliant race. Second, this is a great result for us, especially after our tough year."

Nasser Al-Attiyah: "We did it."

"We did it. I am so happy! We drove a good, clean stage. I was just thinking about the finish line. It means a lot to win a Dakar, for me, for my people, for my country and for my team. It is a great victory. It's hard to explain everything that goes through your head. But it is a very nice feeling. We demonstrated that we have the strongest team in the world. It is the third time the team has won a Dakar. It is also the biggest moment in my career. I think that now people will finally know where Qatar is located."

Truck:

Firdaus Kabirov: "What a joy"

"The last stage was very fast but I spent it in the dust and there was not much to do. Anyway, my chances to win had been wiped out a few days ago when I lost a lot of time. But I am not disappointed; what a joy, because we have three Kamaz trucks in the first three positions n the standings. Moreover, I also know that Vladimir Chagin is faster than me. He completely deserves this new victory."

Quad

Alejandro Patronelli: "I had not won anything since 2000"

"Tough. Real tough. If we analyze what happened, it's incredible. We had lost our momentum, Marcos had fallen. We should not be here actually. Getting back in the race, losing hope again, finding it back, losing it yet again when I broke my hand and I was unable to accelerate. There were still some 400 km left in that stage and still 7 or 8 to go, with a damaged hand. This is when I thought: "if my hand can stand the 400 km, the rest will be able to hold on for the remaining 5,000 km". And here I am, Champion with one-and-a-half hand! What a reward. I had not won anything since 2000 and I am now Dakar's Number One! I just cannot believe it."

-source: dakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Frans Verhoeven , Joan Pedrero , Alejandro Patronelli