Dakar : Leg 12 - News from bikes
At the first CP (km 215), Cyril Despres, a late starter (9th) has clocked the fastest time so far. The Frenchman has a 1'41" lead on Jean De Azevedo and 1'46" on Marc Coma, the overall leader.
At km 120 of the day's special, Carlo De
Gavardo damaged his bike after a water crossing. It appears that water entered the engine. The Chilean rider had to stop but is now back on his bike and riding. He made it to CP1 (km 215) losing close to 40'.
Worries for Cox
Former biker Alfie Cox now driving a BMW was forced to stop at km 130. He has damaged his rear right suspension after hitting a rock. He hopes to be able to repair and carry on driving shortly.
Coma reaches CP2
Overall leader Marc Coma who started the stage in second position this morning has just reached CP2 (km 294) alone in the lead.
Despres fastest at CP2
After clocking the fastest time at the first check-point, Cyril Despres was again the fastest at CP2 (km 294). The Frenchman has a 1'49" lead over Marc Coma and 2'30" on Chris Blais.
Cox stopped again
After suffering suspension problems at km 130, Alfie Cox (BMW) managed to repair and take off but the South-African stopped again just 3kms later and appears to have engine worries.
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