Dakar : KTM Racing - Leg 6
The KTM factory rider and 2007 Dakar winner at last had a trouble free day. He started at eighth in today's sixth stage with the Frenchman showing his classic skills to be the quickest over the dunes that launched it.
Indeed today the KTM
factory riders were back where they are used to being - at the top of the leader board. Despres (Red Bull KTM) won his first stage of the 2009 edition 2'09 ahead of Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) with team mate Jordi Viladoms third (at 5'15). Alain Duclos was 18th (at 22'04). Overall Cyril takes a tiny bit of time back from Marc, who now leads Jonah Street (KTM) by 40'29, with the Frenchman Frétigné third at 47'30. Jordi Viladoms is fourth at 1h09'48 while Cyril moves up another place to seventh (at 1h33'59).
Cyril Despres - Red Bull KTM :
« A good « normal » day of rally-raid. I didn't set out especially to win the stage, nor did I ride particularly hard, but being a short day I could ride normally on the mousse without having to worry about it too much. We started off in the same dunes that we finished in yesterday - except after last night's storm they were completely different, dark grey in colour with a black line where your wheel had been. I overtook Rodrigues, then Frétigné and Casteu, and by the time I came out of the dunes there were just three tracks in front. Eventually they was just one and seeing the amount of slide, how hard the rider in front of me was attacking, I was pretty sure it was Lopez. I guessed right, as I finished just behind him at the line.
Marc Coma - Repsol KTM :
« Coming into Mendoza was just crazy - for the last 20 kilometres there were thousands and thousands of people each side of the road. They are very friendly and knew who each rider was. Today the dunes were easier than yesterday because when they are wet they hold the weight of the bike better. Then after the dunes it was just a short, fast piste to the end of the special (cut short by the organisers after last night's storm). The only thing you had to watch out for was the puddles, some of which were quite deep. Once again my strategy was to stay out of trouble and preserve my lead - so from that point of view everything went fine. »
Jordi Viladoms - Repsol KTM :
« After the rain the dunes were a little like a big moto-x track and fun to ride - all in all a pretty easy day. Then on the liaison I melted my mousse and had to stop and fit a tube - which I did all by myself! Fortunately there weren't too many people around. If it had happened near the town I don't know what I would have done - I would have been impossible to do anything with so many people. »
Alain Duclos - Kaestle KTM :
« Once again today I was obliged to ride with pain killers. I thought my back would be better after a couple of days, but unfortunately it isn't the case. I will have to go and see the doctors again tonight. »