|SA-Dakar Rally: Alain Duclos - "12 was the most beautiful stage of all Dakar".|
It was expected that the Dakar difficulties were growing with its stages, as it was shown today with its 12th special between Arequipa and Nasca, known by its lines only visible from the sky.
It was the second part of the marathon stage, with a 245 kilometers special stage, which contained all possible kind of grounds. It started in the beach, followed by road tracks, canyon and the terrible dunes of Tacana, with a sand so softened that was almost a sacrifice for the engines.
The lands looked like Mauritania, a strong point of the Dakar in Africa, with lots of "camel grass". It was a special where Aprilia´s rider Alain Duclos had lots of fun, and proved it with the 15th position of the day. Alain thought lots of the friction of the engine and took extremely care of it. He is one of the few riders that have not changed the engine yet, which demonstrates the liability of the v-twin engine of the Aprilia.
"I think this was the most beautiful stage of all Dakar" said the Frenchmen. "There were so many different kind of ground in only 250 kilometers! It seemed like if we were in Mauritania. I felt well and my Aprilia worked perfectly. I took care of the engine in the dunes; they were very soft, so soft that I needed to get out of them in 1st gear with the engine giving all of its power!"
As the overall position is no longer a matter since stage seven, the French-Malian rider keeps rolling to acquire more experience and test the bike performance.
2012/01/14 | 13:38 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/HS/BAUER