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2012 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results
Dakar Day 3: San Rafael to San Jan
2012 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Route
*this thread will be updated all day long as results come in
Today’s route is a 290km liason and 287km of special stage. The Dakar events have changed significantly since the arrival to South America. It is quite obvious now how long the liason sections are getting to be. If it continues like this, more than half of the total mileage of the race will simply be transfer stages. I think the organizers of the event have a very different challenge in So. America, that is many local goverments want to pay them money to bring the event through their locale. I doubt that situation arose much in Africa. So route planning is now partially determined by who wants to pay. Heck, at this rate I could probably even finish the race. So who has $50k that they want to chip in for the effort? We will do this thing next year!
Check Point 1: Despres, Coma, Faria, Gonclaves, Verhoeven, Rodriguez, Cody in 10th. Polish rider Przygonski, #11, is at a standstill on the course. He was 4th overall at the end of yesterday.
Not all of the bikes have started the day yet, so I am still looking to see if Jonah Street gets restarted.
Check Point 2: Coma, Despres, Vehoeven, Gonclaves, Rodriguez, Cody
Time gaps are starting to open quickly, KTM’s are distancing themselves from field. Chaleco appears late to CP2, but no mention of problem yet, so may just be a tracking issue. American Bill Conger is out, he took a spill yesterday and put a hole in the case. He made it into the finish in the middle of the night, but had to leave his bike on the course.
Quinn Cody Withdraws: Cody, assisted after a fall by Juan Pedrero, soon met up with one of the medical helicopters, whose team diagnosed a suspected fracture of the collar bone and head injury. His condition is not alarming, but nevertheless he has had to withdraw from the race.
Stage Finish: KTM in front, Despres gains huge time gap as Coma got off course. Despres, Verhoeven, Gonclaves, Rodriguez, Duclos, Casteau, Coma, Lopez
Day 3 Overall Standings
Things are certainly starting to shake out. A few changes today with Coma and Chaleco having problems. Despres has been able to get a nice gap over the field. When he and Coma are so closely matched in riding ability, this may prove a pivotal day for the race win. Still, it is a long list of the usual suspects in the top twenty.
Check back tonight for photos and quotes for the day. We will also catch up with some of the other riders we are following.