Stage 9 notes

14:15 - truck
502 - Kabirov steals the lead from Chagin!

The first 3 trucks have finished the 9th special stage and against all expectations, in the end, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has won, picking up his 3rd stage victory on this 33rd edition of the Dakar and the 36th of his career on the event. The two times winner (2005 and 2009) finally beat his team-mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 7'38 and his young team-mate Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) by 14'50.In the general standings, Kabirov regains the lead which he lost at the end of the 8th stage, 4'11 ahead of Chagin. However, this duel between the Kamaz team-mates could be brought to a premature close, due to team orders. Indeed, the only competitor able to disrupt the domination of the blue horse brand, Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra), is currently having problems at the 110 km point of the special, having already lost more than an hour on the day's winner.

13:01 - car
308 - De Villiers makes it a 1-2-3 for VW in Copiapo

South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) has just finished the day's special and has picked up the day's 3rd best time, 9'02 behind the stage winner, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2'12 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), who finishes in 4th place.

12:59 - quad
252 - Patronelli marches on...

The first 5 quads have completed the day's timed section and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has won, picking up his 5th stage victory of the rally and the 7th in his career on the Dakar, 5'21 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 10'15 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

12:53 - car
300 - Sainz wins back 2 minutes on Al-Attiyah

The first 3 cars have finished the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has triumphed, picking up his 5th stage victory on the rally and his 22nd on the Dakar in his career. In the end, "El Matador" beat his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) by 2'04 and Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (VW) by 11'16.In the general standings, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is still in front, now with a lead of 3'18 over the title holder, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz.

12:33 - truck
500 - Chagin has victory 61 in his sights

The first 4 trucks have just completed 133 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is still in front, respectively 5'02 and 14'38 ahead of his countrymen and team-mates Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

12:29 - quad
252 - Patronelli has a solid lead at CP2

The first 6 quads have passed through CP2 after 207 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, 4'02 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 6'59 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

12:25 - car
300 - Still Sainz... (auto) (dossard 300)

Now that the first 5 cars have complete 177 km of the day's special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best provisional time. Second in the general standings 5'14 behind the leader Al-Attiyah (VW) at the start of the 9th special this morning, "El Matador" has a lead of 3'19 over his Qatari team-mate and one of 6'29 over his South African team-mate Giniel de Villiers (VW). Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) trails the man from Madrid by 6'34.

12:05 - truck
500 - Chagin in control

The first 4 trucks have completed 106 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still holds the best provisional time, respectively 2'27 and 11'58 ahead of his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).In other news, Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra) has been at a standstill at the 77 km point for more than 10 minutes and is making running repairs in order to resume racing.

11:59 - bike
007 - Street wins a stage!

The first 15 bikes have finished the 9th special and in the end, American Jonah Street is victorious, picking up his second stage victory in his career on the Dakar, 3'38 ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) and 3'40 in front of Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco).As for the fight for the title, Marc Coma (KTM) is still leader of the general standings, but loses 1'05 to his only rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who is now 8'14 behind the Spaniard.

11:50 - car
300 - Sainz stretches his lead

The first 6 cars have now completed 133 km of the day's special and Carlos Sainz (VW) still holds the best provisional time. Better still for the Spaniard: he is stretching his lead over his pursuers, because he now has a lead of 1'26 over his Qatari team-mate, the leader of the general standings, Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 2'38 over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (VW).

11:48 - quad
252 - Patronelli keeps moving away

The first 3 quads have just completed 177 km of the day's special and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has increased his lead on the day's special and is now 45" ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 3'44 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

11:40 - car
301 - "Peter" in 3rd place after 106 km

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has just completed 106 km of the day's special and has the 3rd best provisional time, 1'28 behind the provisional leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

11:34 - bike
007 - Street leads at CP2

The first 10 bikes have passed through CP2 after 207 km of the day's special and now American Jonah Street (Yamaha) possesses the best provisional time, 47" ahead of Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and 4'18 in front of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW).In the battle for the lead of the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) has regained the advantage, with a lead of 13" over his sole rival, the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

11:27 - truck
500 - Chagin regains the lead

There is an almighty struggle going on within the Kamaz team, between its two leaders, Chagin and Kabirov. The "Tsar" has regained the best provisional time after 63 km of the day's special, 1'33 ahead of his team-mate and countryman, whilst Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) still lies in third.

11:20 - car
300 - Sainz takes the lead!

The first 4 cars have just completed 106 km of the day's special and now Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has the best provisional time, 7" ahead of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 2'16 in front of his South African team-mate Giniel de Villiers (VW).

11:18 - bike
004 - It's looking good for Rodrigues!

The first 10 bikes have completed 177 km of the day's special and Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, 2'29 ahead of American Jonah Street (Yamaha) and 5'02 in front of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW).In the battle for the lead in the general standings, for the moment the Spanish race leader, Marc Coma has the upper hand. After 177 km, he has a lead of 35" over his main rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM)

11:07 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah and Sainz tied after 63 km

The first 5 cars have completed 63 km of the day's special and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and his Spanish rival Carlos Sainz (VW) both have exactly the same time, meaning that they are currently sharing the lead for this special stage, 1'02 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

10:56 - quad
252 - Patronelli takes back the lead

The first three quads have completed 133 km of the day's special and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has regained the best provisional time, 20" ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 1'51 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

10:52 - truck
502 - Best time for Kabirov at CP1

Now that the first 4 trucks have passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time, 12" ahead of the general standings leader, his countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 2'01 in front of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra).

10:47 - quad
251 - Machacek breaks away...

Now that the first 10 quads have completed 106 km of the day's special, Josef Machacek (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time. Better still for the Czech rider: he is starting to open a gap, with a lead of now 2'01 over Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 3'05 over Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

10:43 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah leads at CP1

The first 6 cars have passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) holds the best provisional time, 16" ahead of his Spanish team-mate and main rival, Carlos Sainz (VW), and 51" in front of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW).Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has already lost 1'15 on the stage leader.

10:41 - bike
004 - Rodrigues still leads after 133 km

The first bikes have completed 133 km of the day's special and Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) still boasts the best provisional time, but is now 2'50 ahead of American Jonah Street (Yamaha) and 2'59 in front of Spaniard Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha).

10:21 - bike
176 - Salvatierra 2nd after 106 km

35 bikes have now completed 106 km of the day's special and Bolivian Juan Carlos Salvatierra (Honda), 47th to start this morning, has created the biggest surprise so far with the 2nd best provisional time, 3'00 behind the stage leader, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha).

10:19 - truck
500 - Chagin gets the truck special started!

The winner of the 8th stage yesterday and new leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (kamaz), kicked off proceedings in the day's car-truck special, starting in 5th position (!) in the car-truck pack, at 10.11 as scheduled. He was followed 6 minutes later by his closest rival, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

10:15 - quad
251 - Machacek's turn?

Now that the first 8 quads have completed 63 km of the day's special, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) now boasts the best provisional time, 14" ahead of Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 1'46 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

10:13 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah gets the car-truck special underway

The winner of the 8th stage yesterday and new leader of the general standings, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), kicked off proceedings in the day's car-truck special at 10.03 as scheduled. He was followed 2 minutes later by his team-mate and main rival for the title, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

10:11 - bike
004 - Rodrigues opens up a gap

The first 15 bikes have completed 106 km of the day's special and Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) still holds the best time. Better still, the Portuguese rider is starting to open up a gap on his pursuers, as he now has a lead of 3'02 over Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) and 3'03 over Spaniard Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha).As for the lead of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still has the advantage, but only by 18" over his French rival Cyril Despres (KTM).

09:53 - quad
253 - Declerck in 2nd at CP1

Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) has just passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special and boasts the 2nd best provisional time, 16" behind the provisional leader, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

09:42 - bike
004 - Best time for Rodrigues after 63 km

Now that the first 20 bikes have completed 63 km of the day's special, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) now holds the best provisional time, 1'38 ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) and 1'55 in front of Spaniard Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha). Behind them, the game of cat and mouse is continuing between the rivals in the general standing and KTM, Despres and Coma. This time, the Spaniard has the advantage, with a lead of 47" over the Frenchman.

09:36 - bike
004 - 3rd time for Rodrigues at CP1

Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) has just passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special and boasts the 3rd best provisional time, 31" behind the provisional leader, Verhoeven.

09:27 - quad
252 - Patronelli leads at CP1

The first 5 quads have passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) holds the best provisional time, 30" ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 52" in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

09:17 - bike
016 - Verhoeven leads at CP1

The first 20 bikes have passed through CP1 after 33 km of the day's special and Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) boasts the best provisional time, 29" ahead of Frenchman Thierry Bethys (Honda) and 42" in front of his countryman David Casteu (Sherco). As for the struggle for the lead in the general standings, the chess match has begun between leader Marc Coma (KTM) and his only rival, Cyril Despres (KTM). The Frenchman has made the best moves so far, reaching CP1 3" ahead of the Spaniard. However, the two men only have the 20th and 21st best times at the moment...

08:53 - quad
252 - The quad race is underway...

The winner of the 8th stage yesterday and the new leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) kicked off proceedings in the day's quad special, starting in the 3rd wave of the bike-quad pack, at 8.40 as scheduled. He was followed 5 minutes later by his 4 closest rivals in the general standings, who set off in the 4th wave.

08:48 - bike
001 - Coma (and the others) gets the day's special started

On completion of the 7th stage, 243 crews (106 bikes, 17 quads, 76 cars and 44 trucks) were authorised to take starter's orders for the 9th stage, which began with a grouped start for the bikes. As a result, the top 10 in the bike general standings, including the leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and his closest rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), got to grips with the day's route at 8.30 as scheduled. They were followed 5 minutes later by a second wave of 20 bikers.

06:01
Sand, sand and more sand...

For the last Chilean special, the organisers have kept a tasty morsel in store for the competitors: a 235-km special stage mainly through the ranges of dunes surrounding Copiapo. An extremely difficult day for everyone, especially after the terrible 500-km special yesterday.In sporting terms, all eyes will be on Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), new leader of the general standings after leaving his team-mate and now sole rival, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), trailing in his wake in the dunes just before the finish at Copiapo, yesterday. Indeed, the Qatari's goal will be to increase the gap some more on his favourite type of terrain: sand. The rest of the rally should in principle be more favourable to his rival, a two times world rally champion from 1990 to 1992. What's more, "El Matador" will be striving to make up for the mishaps of the 8th stage and especially put pressure on Al-Attiyah, always likely to make a mistake.In the bike race, for once there will be no disadvantage for the first to set off, because the 2-wheelers will set off in a grouped start. This is a dream opportunity for Cyril Despres (KTM) if he wants to regain some time on the general standings leader, his great rival, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), who will in turn be looking to slot in behind the Frenchman to control the stage. In other words, the day's special should provide a superb tactical battle between the two duellists for the title and maybe help some of the outsiders to snatch a stage victory.

-source: dakar

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Series Dakar
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Giniel de Villiers , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , David Casteu , Jordi Viladoms , Ales Loprais , Eduard Nikolaev , Jonah Street , Frans Verhoeven , Helder Rodrigues , Josef Machacek , Thierry Bethys , Lukasz Laskawiec , Alejandro Patronelli , Christophe Declerck