2012 Dakar Rally Day 9 Recap


Day 9 saw a MINI on its roof, Cyril Despres back on the lead, KTM bikes running on new engines and the hummers being plagued by the never ending mechanical problems as Nasser Al Atiyah retires after covering 174kms. Let’s hear the day recap from the top drivers & Bikers.

Stephan Peterhansel, ‘When the Hummers don’t have any problems, they are a bit quicker than us. I started to wonder if Nasser was having technical problems as we didn’t see him all day long. It means that Gordon is on his own now and for us that makes things a little bit better. We’re going to fight to hold on to the slender lead we have over him. There are flaws with the Hummers. I just hope that we’ll be able to take advantage of them.’

Cyril Despres, ‘I’m very happy with my day’s work. We came into this looking at a battle for seconds or minutes as it’s very competitive. Like any top level sportsman, if you don’t like confrontation or squeezing the last ounces of strength out of yourself, then you’re not ready for a fight. But I’m up for it.’

Robby Gordon, ‘I pushed very hard on the last section, as hard as I could go the whole time and it will be interesting to see how much time we put on him because we pushed, like qualifying hard, not really knowing where you’re going. Peterhansel has to conserve his time and I’ve got to make it. 19 seconds? He made a lot of time up on me, then. I can’t believe he could catch us there, because we were going crazy. So he’s a madman; if he beats us, he’s a madman. Madder than me!’

2012 Dakar Rally Stage IX Winners

 Bike      Helder RODRIGUES (PRT)

Quad     Alejandro PATRONELLI (ARG)

Car         Robby GORDON (USA)

Truck     Miki BIASION (ITA)

2012 Dakar Rally Provisional Overall Standings (Bikes):


1. Cyril Despres, FRA (KTM)

2. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM)

3. Helder Rodrigues, PRT (Yamaha)

4. Jordi Viladoms, ESP (KTM)

5. Gerard Farres Guell, ESP (KTM)

23 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HUSQVARNA RALLY 450 RR - Photo Maindru

46 BIANCHI PRATA PEDRO (PRT) HUSQUARNA TE449 RALLY - Photo Maindru

69 Hugo PAYEN (FRA) YAMAHA 450 WRF - Photo Maindru

2 DESPRES CYRIL (FRA) KTM 450CC RALLY - Photo Maindru

151 BEALUSTEGUI JUAN MANUEL (ARG) YAMAHA WR 450 F - Photo Maindru

375 SKILTON DARREN (USA) GAMBRELL SKYLER (USA) BAJA AUTOMOTIVE REVOLUTION - CREDIT DPPI

250 PATRONELLI ALEJANDRO (ARG) YAMAHA RAPTOR 700 - Photo Maindru

2012 Dakar Rally Provisional Overall Standings (Cars):

1              Stéphane Peterhansel – MINI

2              Robby Gordon – HUMMER

3              Krzystof Holowczyc – MINI

4              Nani Roma – MINI

5              Giniel de Villiers – TOYOTA

(c) DPPI

300 AL-ATTIYAH NASSER SALEH (QAT) & CRUZ LUCAS (ESP) HUMMER H3

305 ROMA JOAN (NANI) (ESP) & PÉRIN MICHEL (FRA) MINI ALL4 RACING - Photo Maindru

312 NOVITSKIY LEONID (RUS) & SCHULZ ANDREAS (DEU) MINI ALL4 RACING

439 FREDERIC THUEIL (FRA) . PIERRE THUEIL (FRA) TOYOTA LAND CRUISER HDJ 100

307 SOUSA CARLOS (PRT) 307 GARCIN JEAN-PIERRE (FRA) GREAT WALL HAVAL

322 MIRONENKO ALEXANDER (RUS) & LEBEDEV SERGEY (RUS) BMW X3 CC

411 MANNS STEFANIE (DEU) & LIST GERARD (NLD) MC RAE PRO DAKAR ENDURO

532 DEL ZOTTO GERARDO (ARG) DEL ZOTTO FLAVIO (ARG) MEMI ANDRES GASTON

545 VASILEVSKI ALEKSANDR (BLR), ZAPAROSHCHANKA ANTON (BLR) KAZLOUSKI

523 MARDEEV ILGIZAR (RUS) & MIZYUKAEV VYATCHESLAV (RUS) – SOTNIKOV DMITRY

(C) Video footage courtesy Dakar Rally YouTube Channel. Pics Courtesy Maindru & DPPI unless stated otherwise.

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