After a sometimes-contentious assembly with rivals, organizers cancelled stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally for these on bikes, citing security considerations since fog prevented helicopters from flying and flooding within the space may need prevented passage.
Initially the bikes would set out for stage 12 because the final half of a marathon stage, 348-kilometer liaison or switch part and 375 kilometers of timed particular stage within the run from Fiambalá to San Juan, Argentina, host of the 2014 ISDE.
As an alternative it was merely a marathon highway journey into San Juan, thus leaving solely two levels to go within the hardest and most well-known off-road race on the earth.
And with one much less stage to make up—or lose—time, the ultimate ending order is a little more solidified as, traditionally talking, the ultimate day or two not often see main modifications within the standings.
Thus Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Crew’s Matthias Walkner and his works 450 Rally are even nearer to an astounding 17th-straight victory for the Austrian producer. At the moment, Walkner enjoys a large 32-minute lead within the provisional total standings over home-country hero Kevin Benavides on the factory-backed Monster Vitality Honda Crew CRF450 Rally, 36:33:37 to 37:05:37. Walkner’s teammate Toby Value, the 2016 Dakar winner from Australia, is subsequent closest at 37:22:54.
Reflecting on stage 11, Walkner mentioned, “It was good enjoyable yesterday using with the vehicles. I attempted to catch [leader Stephane] Peterhansel as quickly as I may and managed to see him at about 70 kilometers into the stage. I succeeded to get in entrance, however then he handed me once more so we ended up touring collectively for a lot of the stage. It helped me quite a bit as a result of navigation on the stage was powerful and I wished to essentially reduce any errors so following a automotive was smart. It was an honor to journey with ‘Mr. Dakar’ himself.”
With the top of the race in sight, Walkner commented, “My feeling going into the ultimate couple of levels of the rally is sort of good. Tomorrow will probably be powerful and really lengthy; there may be a variety of off-piste in the beginning of the stage after which some actually quick tracks towards the top. My begin place is nice so I’m hoping for a strong day tomorrow. I’ll do my finest and see the place that will get me.”
KTM Rally Sport Supervisor Jordi Viladoms noticed, “The plan right now was to initially journey the stage after the vehicles and vans, which is slightly bit harmful for the riders. The organizers listened to the considerations raised and made the fitting determination to cancel the particular. The terrain of stage 12 would have proved troublesome anyway, however after the bigger automobiles had gone via it will have been too treacherous for the bikes. We’re glad that rider security was put above every thing else. With two extra levels to race, we’re very proud of how issues are going. Clearly Matthias is in an excellent place, however each Toby [Price] and Antoine [Méo] can nonetheless catch the fellows in entrance of them so we’ll see what occurs over the following couple of days.”
Gerard Farrés who holds a outstanding fourth total on his privateer Himoinsa Crew KTM 450 Rally Duplicate, seemed on the state of affairs philosophically: “It’s true that we lose a chance to attempt to enhance the classification, however there are nonetheless kilometers to be coated on this Dakar, and it’s essential to be prepared for on daily basis with out stress-free, so we’ll keep on the gasoline these two final days. We’re all very drained as a result of, though there was no particular [today], we’ve got spent the entire day on the bike and at this level our our bodies are really exhausted.”
Anxious to be the primary Argentine to win within the motorbike class, Benavides naturally wished extra time to catch up and expressed disappointment on the determination to cancel: “Clearly I’m slightly disillusioned as a result of I wished to race. The group wished the bikes to come back out behind the vans and vehicles, and we mentioned that we thought it will be very harmful. We requested if they’d allow us to begin earlier, however they discovered the simplest resolution: cancel the stage. I didn’t suppose it was the fitting determination, however after all, it’s what it’s. We are going to attempt to push laborious within the two remaining days earlier than the end.”
His teammate, American Ricky Brabec, agreed, the Californian presently in sixth place saying, “Right now’s stage was cancelled and, fairly truthfully, I don’t know why. We’ve ridden 700 kilometers by highway, and it was actually boring and tiring. Now, after this stage that we weren’t in a position to run, we’ve got solely two days left and I hope that I get journey out of those ultimate kilometers and can have the ability to make one thing out of all of it.”
Seventeenth-place Andrew Brief, the Dakar Rally rookie on the Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing Crew FR 450 Rally, pronounced himself happy together with his effort and all he’s realized: “Daily we’re getting nearer to the end. Following my crash from two days in the past, my using yesterday was a bit on the cautious facet. I began off tentatively and shortly realized my shoulder was weaker than what I anticipated. Because the day went on, nonetheless, I began feeling higher.
“Beginning along with the vehicles and the vans, navigation may need been easier, however using situations had been actually troublesome. I believe that’s additionally why they cancelled the stage right now.
“The objective now could be to cross the end line. Crucial factor for me is that I’ve realized quite a bit these final couple weeks and I now know precisely what I have to work on for the longer term. A Dakar is sort of a complete season of racing motocross in simply 14 days!”
|Rating||Rider Quantity||Rider||Crew||Total Time||Time From Chief||Penalty|
|1||2||Matthias Walkner||Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Crew||36:33:37||00:01:00|
|2||47||Kevin Benavides||Monster Vitality Honda Crew||37:05:37||00:32:00|
|three||eight||Toby Value||Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Crew||37:12:54||00:39:17|
|four||three||Gerard Farrés Guell||Himoinsa Racing Crew||37:22:54||00:49:17|
|5||19||Antoine Méo||Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Crew||37:32:42||00:59:05||00:01:00|
|6||20||Ricky Brabec||Monster Vitality Honda Crew||37:51:47||01:18:10|
|7||40||Johnny Aubert||GasGas Motorsport||38:23:11||01:49:34||00:19:00|
|eight||10||Pablo Quintanilla||Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing||38:26:56||01:53:19|
|9||68||Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo||Monster Vitality Honda Crew||38:39:34||02:05:57|
|10||61||Oriol Mena||Hero Motosports Crew Rally||38:46:44||02:13:07|
|17||54||Andrew Brief||Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing||39:40:08||03:06:31|
|22||64||Mark Samuels||MEC Crew||42:19:05||05:45:28||01:00:00|
|26||103||Shane Esposito||Duust Rally Crew||43:38:18||07:04:41||02:05:00|
|67||105||Invoice Conger||Klymciw Racing||60:31:35||23:57:58|