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SA-Dakar 2012: Yamaha bikes and quads pushing for Rally Dakar 2012 glory.



The months and weeks of preparation will shortly come to a head when the 34th Dakar Rally sets off from Buenos Aires for the 9000 km two week race. Yamaha will count on a fine representation of 40 riders from the 188 entrants of the motorcycle class and over half of the 32-strong Quad category once the clock starts on New Years day.

The bike division has now clearly been fixed at a 450cc capacity that will allow the potential of the WR450F and YZ450F Rally machinery to come into its own. One of the brightest hopes on two wheels will be Helder Rodrigues (pictured). The 2011 FIM Cross Country Rallies Champion broke into the top three for the first time last January and also won a stage; his fourth success from the last four attempts.

The Portuguese is gathering form and experience of the Dakar and hasn’t dropped out of the top five in four of the five editions he has now contested. His success in the FIM series will be well noted among his rally rivals, many of whom were part of the four round campaign this year and know that the 32 year old cannot be discounted from a realistic shot of overall victory. "My objective is to finish even better," he said to the official Dakar website. "Like last year I worked all season to improve. This year's route should allow me to show that I know how to take on the pitfalls and complexities of the rally."

Other notable riders include several Frenchmen. Enduro special Olivier Pain conquered a stage of the ’11 incarnation but was then unlucky to be ruled out through injury approaching the halfway point when he crashed and broke his left wrist. He classified ninth in 2010 and at the age of 29 is one of the younger competitors in the crop.

Countryman David Casteu was a Dakar vice champion in 2007 and now joins the Yamaha Motor France-backed team alongside Pain with serious goals on his eighth run at the rally before a look towards the four-wheel category in the coming years. "It means a lot to me to ride for Yamaha," he told.

"It is a constructor with a soul and a history on the Dakar. I am part of the generation that was spellbound by Peterhansel's wins on a Yamaha. Now, what I wish is to end my career as a rider with Yamaha and then create projects for the next generation. Today, our goal is to win the Dakar. Rodrigues rides for Yamaha Portugal and at Yamaha France we have two lead riders, Olivier Pain and myself. The bike has made progress compared to last year and for my part I will make a few changes to my strategy. I will set off a little slower and ride with a ‘wait and see’ approach."

Outside of a strong French line-up another rider to watch will be Jonah Street, who will again be steering WR450Fs from the confines of his own team for the second year in succession. The American suffered an inconsistent rally in 2011 but his victory in stage nine was the undoubted highlight. He classified 12th in January but is now hoping to reach the same level of performance that guided him to seventh place overall in 2010.

While Yamaha will look on with relish at the competition among the bikes, they can feel highly confident when it comes to the Quads; now fixed with a 750cc limit for the engines. Argentina boasts a plethora of extremely capable drivers in this discipline and at the top of the tree are the Patronelli brothers, Marcos and Alejandro, who have claimed the last two Dakars between them on their Yamaha YFM700Rs.

It was the latter, Alejandro, who grasped the crown while nursing a hand injury this year as 2010 winner Marcos had to retire with physical problems. The older sibling (Alejandro) has notched seven stage victories in two years and the pair has yet to classify outside of the top two in their attempts at the Dakar.

Following the Patronellis’ is fellow countryman Tomas Maffei, also Yamaha Raptor mounted, and a stage conqueror back in January. Another stage victor from the previous Dakar is Czech veteran Josef Machacek, who will also roll into the Argentine capital. Among the Women’s competition FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion Camelia Liparoti will be aiming to better her previous finish of 10th. Yamaha owned eleven of the thirteen 2011 Quad stages with five different riders; anything approaching the same level of achievement will be outstanding.

2011/12/19 | 19:06 CET | ARTICLE: MR/YAMAHA


















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SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




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SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




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