Stephane Peterhansel won the tenth stage of the rally-RAID “Dakar” in spite of a collision with a motorcyclist.
Initially, the pre was declared the winner, Sebastien Loeb, however the organizers decided to return to Peterhansel at the time that he spent with rider Simon MariChem until it got the medical team.
Nearly 450-kilometer stage, Filetto San Juan became the longest in the rally-RAID after the cancellation of the Super area of belém on Wednesday.
Loeb started the day with an advantage of around two minutes over Peterhansel, but by the first mark lost it. Then a little later Peterhansel faced MariChem.
Have Marchica, as soon became clear, was a broken leg, therefore, Peterhansel decided to stay with him ten minutes before the arrival of the medical team.
But despite the loss of time, a Frenchman in the early stage was close to Loeb, which rolled over the Peugeot of Cyril despres. Then Loeb added and overtook despres, finishing two and a half minutes ahead, while Peterhansel with a seven-minute gap came in second.
Thus, in the final classification after the return of 14 minutes 13 seconds to Peterhansel, Loeb was listed in second place with a lag of five minutes from last year’s winner of “Dakar”.
“We both lost, — said clearly shocked Peterhansel after the race. — It was not in the most comfortable bed of the river, where many lost their way. Honestly, I was driving slowly, at about 60 km/h, but because the vegetation was not visible.
He also rode quite slowly, at about 40 km/h, but as soon as he saw me, he braked sharply and we collided. I also immediately began to brake, but was unable to do anything. The collision was not strong, but he got hit by a car.
My co-pilot [Jean-Paul Kottre] got out of the car, checked out the situation. I’m a little backed up.
Leg was seriously injured, but head, most importantly, was all right, he was conscious.
He immediately said that he had a broken leg. We stayed with him for about 15 minutes until I got a medical helicopter.
Navigation was really difficult, and you can easily reach a convenient channel of the river. The organizers just wanted to complicate the rally, but in the end all is lost.
After the incident, my eyes almost 20 riders left from the opposite direction. After that, it was hard to concentrate on the route.
Good that Simon escaped with a broken leg, it could be much worse…”
As for the other participants, for rivals Peugeot stage was difficult: the Toyota driver Nani Roma behind, and the pilot of the X-Raid Mini Mikko Hirvonen collided with a truck. Roma, who started the stage in a 24-minute behind Loeb in the end lost to him 55 minutes.
At the same time, Hirvonen after damaging the radiator on his Mini during a collision with a truck was forced to lose more than three hours.
In the General classification took fifth place in ginel de Villiers from Toyota, just two minutes ahead the best representative of the X-Raid Mini of Orlando Terranova.
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