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Dakar 2007: Cyril Despres "I´m not overly impressed by being first".



"I am not overly impressed by being first in the overall rankings because since the beginning of the rally I have been taking things as they came" said Gauloises KTM driver Cyril Despres after the 14th stage yesterday. "I still wasn’t quite sure I would have a good day because I had lost a lot of time in the same stage last year. But this time the road book was perfect; I did not get it wrong once. I can’t say I’m totally relieved as there is still a small stretch tomorrow. But once you’ve gone such a long way, you pay attention to everything. I recall Fabrizio (Meoni) telling me that the Dakar was really over when the bike was in the lock park after the very last special stage. It’s also what Marc (Coma) told me yesterday after his accident. I’m starting to believe them both."

His team-mate David Casteu said after the stage: "The day was crazy. I did not have a single problem in the whole rally and today, it started in the connection already; I almost collided into a donkey, it was a very close call. Then I realized that the gas feeder pipe was ripped off. I was in total panic. I managed to repair and I had the luck of hearing that the special stage had been postponed by half-an-hour. If it hadn’t been the case, I would have lost my second place. I’ve always been a lucky guy."

The Spaniard Isidre Esteve Pujol was 29th in the last big stage of the Dakar and now also 29th in the overall ranking: "It was important for me and for the team that I started this morning and rode under my own power to Dakar. It was important also to do so without taking any risks. There was no intention of trying to win the special or anything crazy like that."

2007/01/21 | 12:03 CET | Editor: MR/Gauloises






















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