Dakar : News from Scrutineering
Holder of the biggest number of victories of the rally (12), the Japanese manufacturer is again favorite and can count on the support of its star pilot Stéphane Peterhansel, the 2007 winner. Manager Dominique Serieys is taking stock of this
fact - without any pressure - at scrutineering:
"We have no doubt but we have no complacency either. Yes, we've had a great deal of successes but we know our teams can always make mistakes. This is what the Dakar is about: it is first and foremost a human adventure with everything it implies."
With 16 Dakars on his team leader track record, the Mitsubishi Team Manager knows that the car provided to his four pilots is reliable: "Last year, the Pajero Evo 2 was only 9 months old. We are coming to this edition with a now mature vehicle: we won four of the five races we participated in in 2007."
Casteu Without Assistance Again
Second of the 2007 edition of the Dakar, David Casteu arrived in Belém way before he was supposed to, impatient of being in touch with the world of biking again.
Unfortunately his crew is a bit shaken by the problems encountered by one of the KTM assistance trucks stuck on the highway near Barcelona:
"It's not too bad; they will just arrive a bit late because they have to do some repair before they can be back on the road. Worst case scenario the truck will go through scrutineering tomorrow. What bothers me is that the truck holds some parts I could have used before putting my bike in the parc fermé but it's not overly important."
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