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Dakar 2009: Verhoeven surprised, Despres with crash today.

Having set off in 4th this morning from Santa Rosa, Team Vectra’s Dutchman made the most of the navigation section, picking up a first stage victory on the Dakar. "At the start it was quite technical, but then it became quicker. In the middle, there was a very difficult navigation section in amongst the vegetation and with the dust, it was impossible to see any tire tracks. I managed to find the route and at one time I saw there were no more tire tracks in front of me, so I knew I was in the lead."

Without a visor on his helmet and with serious damage to the front of his KTM, Cyril Despres once again had a complicated day, but still managed to finish second in the day’s special stage. "On arriving in the Pampa, I hit a tiny sod of grass, not even a cow pat and the bike went flying. I rolled over forwards. The Iritrack and the GPS broke, so it was another difficult day, but that’s racing. I didn’t hurt myself though: I was only riding at 20 kmph when I came off. At least this second stage is now finished. I hope all these mishaps are finished too."

2009/01/04 | 16:32 CET | Editor: MR/HS/ASO

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