|Dakar Rally 2014: Cyril Despres with small crash on Friday but finished 5th.|
After a difficult couple of days for the Yamaha Factory Racing, Michael Metge gave the team something to cheer about by posting his best Dakar stage finish to date, a fine third place coming into the rest day bivouac at Salta.
Starting behind him this morning, Cyril Despres arrived just behind him in 5th (at 02:55 minutes). Overall Marc Coma maintains his lead with Olivier Pain 6th (at 1h43) Cyril Despres 11th (at 2h24) and Michael Metge 13th (at 3h16).
"After Thursday’s problems I started 17th this morning and obviously had quite a lot of dust to contend with over the first 100 or so kilometers - fortunately most of the riders who I caught were very fair play and let me through," Cyril Despres reported.
"At kilometer 35 I had a small crash and burst my camel back which meant I had nothing to drink. The only solution was to ‘borrow’ a couple of bottles off spectators at the side of the piste. Then at kilometer 210 I came across the spot where Lopez had his crash. Looking at where he came off it must have been a big one!"
Teammate Michael Metge said: "Friday morning, at the start of the first special, Cyril said to me ‘enjoy yourself’ by which he meant ‘ride your own race’. Then when we saw each other again at the refuelling he compared the amount of dust we each had on our jackets and said, ‘maybe you should calm down a little’."
"And that pretty much sums up the conflicting demands of racing a motorcycle on the Dakar. You have to ‘enjoy’ yourself on the bike, feel relaxed and happy, to ride well, but at the same time you have to set yourself limits, ride at a percentage of your maximum ability. I’m naturally really pleased with the result, but what the lesson I learnt today was much more important."
Bikes overall results after SS06 Tucuman - Salta 260 km
||Coma, Marc (ES)
||Barreda Bort, Joan (ES)
||Duclos, Alain (F)
||Viladoms, Jordi (ES)
||Israel Esquerre, Jeremias (CHL)
||Pain, Olivier (F)
||Przygonski, Jakub (PL)
||Rodrigues, Helder (PT)
||Casteu, David (F)
||Gouet, Daniel (CHL)
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2014/01/12 | 14:25 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/YF