The Yamaha driver impresses
Since the beginning of the inaugural South America-based Dakar Rally, David Frétigné has been building up a solid performance near the top of the motrobike class. Holding second place behind uncontested leader Marc Coma after the first three days
of racing, Frétigné's Yamaha 450 has been leaving everyone else further behind.
The sinuous portions seem to agree with him more than the flat-out runs, he admits: "I surely lost some on the long, very long straights, some reaching 70 kilometres in length; but as soon as I entered technical areas, I went forward and attacked."
"The rally is only beginning," he added.
"I'm not surprised by my ranking in the timed runs but rather by my position in the general standings!"
At the conclusion of the third day, Frétigné stood over 30 minutes away from Marc Coma's frontrunning KTM.
"I will simply keep going on," he stated, concentrated on his objective and showing no signs of boasting. "Essentially I must pay attention to everything."
"I am very pleased with the work we have accomplished before the rally on this little Yamaha 450," Frétigné concluded with satisfaction.