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Peterhansel ratified his reign and Price is the new motorcycle heir to the Dakar

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel claimed his twelfth Dakar crown today, his sixth in cars, while Toby Price claimed the motorcycle title for the first time at the end of the eighth edition of the world’s most difficult race.
The French Stephane Peterhansel was crowned for the first time with the Peugeot brand and added a new chapter to the golden history of ‘Monsieur Dakar’.
I have always dreamed of achieving this victory with a French manufacturer. In the record of my victories this is going to appear in the Top 3. It is too early to make a decision about what we will do next. The last big challenge in my career was to get the same victory number in cars as in motorcycles. And that’s it. I’m not sure if I have any motivation this important, ”said Peterhansel.
The winner of six motorcycle titles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1998) and six in cars (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2016), finished first managing a great advantage over his escort, the Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Mini), defending champion, which finished in 34:58 minutes.
“I am disappointed because I wanted to win the race but second place is not bad. I want to emphasize that we were able to discount a large part of the advantage that Stephane (Peterhansel) had in these last stages. Now I will return in 2017 to be champion, “said the Qatari sheikh.
In this way, Peugeot achieves its first conquest in the second year since its return to the Dakar by the hand of one of the emblems of this competition.
The third place went to the South African Giniel De Villiers (Toyota), who arrived 1:02:47 behind the leader, while the fourth place went to the Finnish rookie Mikko Hirvonen.
“We did a great job with the team and this new podium is a very good performance, although next year we must aspire to go one step further,” said De Villiers, while Hirvonen said: “I am happy to have finished this Dakar after two exceptional weeks. It was a spectacular experience and I hope to return in the future.
In today’s stage, with just 180 kilometers of special, the winner was the French Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot), ahead of Mikko Hirvonen at 1:13 minutes and the third place went to the Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Mini) at 1 : 36 minutes.
The key to Peterhansel’s title was perseverance after the delay of his compatriot Sebastien Loeb and the abandonment of Spanish Carlos Sainz, two of his three teammates in the French brand.
Nani Roma (Mini) had a good end of the competition and finished in sixth place behind the Toyota of the South African Leeroy Poulter, but just under eight minutes ahead of the French Cyril Despres, with whom he had a fight in the final stretch of the Dakar .
«The year to overcome the performance of this one will not be complicated. It is not worth thinking about the past because it will not change, “said the Catalan, who later, when consulted by his wife Rosa Gómez, emphasized with a smile:” It is good that someone at home does something well in the Dakar. “
In motorcycles, Toby Price became the first Australian winner of this test in 38 editions contested since 1979. The KTM rider occupies the throne that in the last ten years had only had two kings: the French Cyril Despres and the Spanish Marc Eat.
After finishing third place in 2015 in his debut in the competition, the 28-year-old Australian won the crown in his second participation.
“It is an immense joy to be able to achieve this victory both for the KTM brand and personally. I am very excited about this achievement and now I just want to enjoy it with my family. It was a great effort, “Toby Price told EFE.
Price maintained a good rhythm throughout the competition and, after leading the test in the second stage, remained among the top three during the leadership of Slovak Stefan Svitko (KTM) and Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves (Honda), in addition to being favored by the early abandonments of the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda), the Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM) and the Portuguese Ruben Faría (Husqvarna).
The second place went to the Slovak Stefan Svitko (KTM) at 39:41 minutes, while third was the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) at 48:48 minutes and fourth the Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda) at 54:47.
“It was a demanding Dakar and I am very happy with the second place I achieved. After such a hard work of preparation this result generates great satisfaction ”, expressed the Slovak Svitko.
For his part, Chilean Quintanilla celebrated being the best Latin American in the classification and emphasized: «I dedicate it to all those who have supported me throughout this time and to my beloved Chile. I really felt the support of my country ».
For his part, the rookie with Honda and the best rookie in the competition, Kevin Benavides between tears and hugs from the public said: «The truth is that I did not expect this result but luckily it happened. Although I made some mistakes because it was my first Dakar, I am satisfied and now I just have to enjoy myself ».
With this victory for Price, the KTM brand extended its dominance in the motorcycle specialty to fifteen years with consecutive victories.
In this last stage the victory corresponded to Quintanilla, just 1:41 minutes ahead of Benavides and 2:37 of the Portuguese Helder Rodrígues, the three who were competing for the third place on the podium today.
The best Spaniards in the classification were Gerard Farrés (KTM-Himoinsa) in the eighth position, Armand Monleón (KTM) in the tenth position, Laia Sanz (KTM) in the fifteenth, Iván Cervantes (KTM-Himoinsa) in the sixteenth and Jordi Viladoms (KTM).
“It is an immense pleasure to have been able to finish this Dakar in such a good way. It is not the pleasure of being the best Spaniard without knowing that the team managed to finish with its five bikes. This is a team effort ”, emphasized Farrés after crossing the finish line.
«This is a result after two years of intense work to prepare this test. I am leaving more than satisfied with the work done, “said Armand Monleón.
Everything cannot always go well. Not every year you can have the desired performance. The shortening of the stages, the angina and the clavicle pain did not allow me to have the expected Dakar, “added Laia Sanz.
In the quad category, the Argentine Marcos Patronelli won his third title and repeated a conquest that he had already achieved in 2010 and 2013.
After a year of absence for business reasons, the youngest of the Patronelli brothers had the pleasure of savoring the victory again escorted by his brother Alejandro in second place, which allows him to repeat a 1-2 that he had already achieved in 2010 and 2012.
With the triumph of Marcos Patronelli, Yamaha confirmed its absolute hegemony in quads in the eight editions disputed in this modality since its premiere in 2009.
After a leadership in the first week of the Chilean Ignacio Casale and a brief step at the top of the Russian Sergei Karyakin, the Patronelli brothers showed their consistency and climbed to the first places of a podium that they did not abandon any more.
The abandonments of the Chilean Casale himself and Polish champion Rafal Sonik paved the way for this clear victory for Marcos Patronelli, 5:23 behind his brother Alejandro.
Third place went to South African Brian Baragwanath 1:41:53 behind the winner, who relegated Russian Sergei Karayakin to fourth place.
Finally, among the trucks, the Dutch Gerard De Rooy with his Iveco won the title and, in addition to adding his second title after the one obtained in 2012, he once again broke the hegemony of the Russian brand Kamaz.
Accompanied by the Catalan Moisés Torrallardona and the Polish Darek Rodewald, De Rooy had his prize for constancy and added his second title in South American territory, surpassing the legacy of his father Jan, who had achieved his only conquest in 1987.
The Dutchman beat his Russian guard Eduard Mardeev with Kamaz by 1:10:29, while the Argentine Federico Villagra (Iveco) confirmed his surprise status and took third place on the podium.
De Rooy had the award for perseverance in his walk during the two weeks to overcome the Kamaz, but also the Man, who had had a great start to Dakar in 2016.
In this last stage, the winner was Hans Stacey (Man), with a difference of 3:13 minutes over Mardeev and 3:16 over Villagra. EFE

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