The Peugeot Sport driver Stephane Peterhansel spoke about how for him was the “Dakar-2017”, for which he won a record 13-win streak, ahead in the team fight Sebastien Loeb.
“Before the start we knew that victory is not guaranteed – quotes Peterhansel official website of the Dakar. – Competition within the team was very tough, and in total victory claimed seven or eight riders. To the middle distance left four favorite, and by the end it came down to a fight between me and Sebastien. Our match was intense, each of us tried to go as fast as possible.
I want to thank Peugeot for stunning cars for our crews and not to use the command tactics, because it put us in equal conditions.
I struggled with an incredibly fast Champ who knows how to control the pace, and not succumb to provocations. Yesterday all agreed the tire [on the car in the lead Loeb], and it probably was the key moment of the Dakar. My strategy was to force Sebastien to the limit of their capabilities. As a result, he made a few mistakes. So the issue here is not just good luck.”
Sebastien Loeb: We have performed very well, given the complexity of the “Dakar-2017”
Another partner of Peterhansel Cyril despres finished in third place, winning his first podium at the “Dakar” in the category of SUVs.
“The availability of good machines is the key to this result, – commented the six-time Dakar winner in the motorcycle class. – I am very happy, after all, had only lost to guys like Peterhansel and Loeb. So upset nothing.
I have to allow for all types of coatings. A good understanding of what you need to work. Every year I get closer and closer to the leaders. Of course, to climb a further two places will be very hard. Need to work 365 days a year to really feel totally ready. It is important to remain motivated, but, of course, all this work is impossible without the support of the team.”
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