The last stage of this year's Dakar Rally began with a sad story, as during the transport to the homeland French motorcyclist dies Pierre Cherpin, who fell badly on the seventh stage and wanted to take him from Saudi Arabia to a hospital in Lille, where he was supposed to continue his treatment.
Risk, which can also end in death, is an integral part Dakar, as its component is also the joy after the end of two weeks of torture. Among motorcyclists today, he was definitely in the best of moods and full of emotions, especially the Argentine Kevin Benavides, who kept the advantage over the pursuers and rejoiced victory at Dakar.
Ricky brabec he was on his heels the whole stage, but in the end he is Argentine za An American trailed by just over two minutes, which was enough for the overall win. Sam Sunderland, who started first today had a lot of trouble, eventually winning overall third place. For Hondo this is the first double victory at Dakar after in 1987.
Simon Marčič he took 36th place in the overall standings, and in the category Original by Motul, in which the drivers are also their own mechanics, physiotherapists and more, he finally won an excellent 5th place.
Monsieur Dakaras they say Stephan Peterhansel, celebrated its 14th victory in this prestigious competition. After twelve stages, he gained a quarter of an advantage over the first pursuer Nasser Al-Attiyah, third-ranked and at the same time last year's winner Carlos Sainz however, he was more than an hour behind the leading Frenchman.
Peterhansel he registered a new victory thirty years after his debut, and won the Dakar Rally at all three continents, at which the mentioned endurance rally took place. He rejoiced in the overall victory six times among motorcyclists, eight times among motorists.
“Of course you’re under more pressure when you’re leading the race, as you can lose practically everything. We drove very precisely and made no major mistakes. Eduard and I had a great time, ” Peterhansel praised his new co-driver Eduard Boulanger.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, who again failed to win, explains his defeat as follows: “Mistakes in navigation and pitch with punctured tires decided the race. Our team had about 60 punctured tires and the Mini Buggy team only 14. These numbers speak for themselves. Buggies have bigger tires and are better for driving on rocky terrain. ”
Among the trucks, the crew of the team celebrated sovereignly Kamaz Master in the cast Sotniks, Ahmadis and Ahmadis, Kamaz also won second and third place. He was the fastest among four-wheelers Manuel Ajudar from Argentina, among the light vehicles the victory was celebrated by Chilean racers Lopez Contardo in Latrach Vinagre.