Dakar – Dakar moto – stage 12: Rodrigues signs the first Yamaha victory –

Dakar moto – stage 12: Rodrigues wins first Yamaha victory

Dakar - Dakar moto - stage 12: Rodrigues signs the first Yamaha victory -

Helder Rodrigues won his first Dakar 2016 victory on the penultimate day of racing between San Juan and Villa Carlos Paz, the longest stage with 900 km, including 481 km of special. A first also for the Yamaha WR450F Rally, so far behind against the KTM and Honda.

Helder Rodrigues won his first Dakar 2016 victory on the penultimate day of racing between San Juan and Villa Carlos Paz, the longest stage with 900 km including 481 km of special. A first also for the Yamaha WR450F Rally, so far behind against the KTM and Honda.

Price on his way to his first Dakar victory, Méo and Duclos unlucky

Rodrigues won with 4’32 ahead of the provisional leader, Toby Price, now almost guaranteed to win this 38th edition of the Dakar as the finish looms. Overall, the KTM official is now 37’39 ahead of his closest pursuer, the Slovak Stefan Svitko (KTM), and 53’10 over Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna).

Third on this long day at 4’55 behind the winner, the young Kevin Benavides is the first Honda rider to arrive. Little consolation for the HRC, which lost its two leaders in quick succession after Barreda’s engine failure, then the pierced radiator followed by a …

Benavides finished this twelfth stage, marked by long straight lines around Villa Carlo Paz, ahead of Svitko and Van Beveren, author of a superb 5th place. The French double winner in Le Touquet learns quickly, very quickly !

His compatriot Antoine Méo, winner of his second stage, was less successful. Asked by KTM to assist Toby Price to victory – sacrificing at the same time his possible second place on the final podium – the five-time world enduro champion unfortunately fell within 20 km of the finish. 

Touched by hand, Méo finished the stage in slow motion in 21st position, 38 minutes behind the winner. The French went from 3rd to 6th place, probably doubly disappointed to have received team instructions…

Disappointment also for the tricolor Alain Duclos, victim of an incredible mishap: the official Sherco had his helmet stolen at km 292, following a small fall on a very steep area! After his cabriole, Alain Duclos put down his helmet the time to check that his motorcycle was ready to set off again…

"Then a teenager appeared out of nowhere grabs the helmet and runs off," said his team. "Reached by phone, we go back to him and give him a new helmet, mandatory to be able to resume the race". The n ° 20 finishes the stage in last place (84th), all his hopes of appearing in the final top 10 definitely lost…

"It’s just surreal, I didn’t expect to experience that one day," regrets the Frenchman, who has fallen to 43rd place in the provisional. "So far I was fine and I could see that this stage could mean something to me. It’s just amazing."…

Also note the 79th stage of Sylvain Espinasse on his 125cc 2-stroke Husqvarna, on the way to completing his. The courageous Auvergne is 83rd and penultimate in the provisional.

Video summary of stage 12 motorcycle

Results and classification of stage 12 motorcycle (top 50) 

  1. RODRIGUES (PRT) YAMAHA 06:00:24 – 00:03:00
  2. PRICE (AUS) KTM 06:04:56 00:04:32 –
  3. BENAVIDES (ARG) HONDA 06:05:19 00:04:55 –
  4. SVITKO (SVK) KTM 06:07:12 00:06:48 –
  5. VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA 06:07:52 00:07:28 –
  6. QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 06:12:47 00:12:23 –
  7. MONLEON (ESP) KTM 06:15:39 00:15:15 –
  8. FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 06:17:28 00:17:04 –
  9. BREAD (FRA) KTM 06:18:00 00:17:36 –
  10. CERUTTI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 06:18:53 00:18:29 –
  11. GYENES (ROU) KTM 06:19:17 00:18:53 –
  12. PATRAO (PRT) KTM 06:19:32 00:19:08 –
  13. CERVANTES MONTERO (ESP) KTM 06:21:16 00:20:52 –
  14. THIS (ITA) HONDA 06:23:28 00:23:04 –
  15. SANZ (ESP) KTM 06:24:22 00:23:58 –
  16. METGE (FRA) HONDA 06:24:33 00:24:09 –
  17. BRABEC (USA) HONDA 06:28:07 00:27:43 –
  18. PIATEK (POL) KTM 06:29:13 00:28:49 –
  19. SALVATIERRA (BOL) KTM 06:29:40 00:29:16 –
  20. MINAUDIER (FRA) KTM 06:32:41 00:32:17 –
  21. MEO (FRA) KTM 06:34:00 00:33:36 –
  22. GIMENO GARCÍA (ESP) KTM 06:34:02 00:33:38 –
  23. VAYSSADE (FRA) SHERCO TVS 06:34:09 00:33:45 –
  24. VAN DEN GOORBERGH (NLD) KTM 06:34:19 00:33:55 –
  25. SOLA TARRADELLAS (ESP) YAMAHA 06:36:29 00:36:05 –
  26. VILADOMS (ESP) KTM 06:40:47 00:40:23 00:06:00
  27. DUPLESSIS (ARG) KTM 06:41:14 00:40:50 –
  28. VOGELS (NLD) KTM 06:41:41 00:41:17 –
  29. CARDONA VAGNONI (FRI) KTM 06:43:08 00:42:44 –
  30. GOMEZ (ARG) YAMAHA 06:44:10 00:43:46 –
  31. CASTEU (FRA) KTM 06:47:22 00:46:58 00:05:00
  32. VAN PELT (NLD) HUQSVARNA 06:49:10 00:48:46 –
  33. PASCUAL (ARG) KTM 06:50:14 00:49:50 –
  34. PABISKA (CZE) KTM 06:50:38 00:50:14 –
  35. LEAKS (BOWL) KTM 06:52:14 00:51:50 –
  36. SMITH (USA) HUSQVARNA 06:52:19 00:51:55 00:01:00
  37. VAN GERVEN (NLD) KTM 06:53:03 00:52:39 –
  38. RIOS (PER) KTM 06:53:13 00:52:49 –
  39. VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 06:54:15 00:53:51 –
  40. DA COSTA (FRA) YAMAHA 06:54:30 00:54:06 –
  41. LUCCHESE (ITA) YAMAHA 06:56:33 00:56:09 –
  42. BIANCHI PRATA (PRT) HONDA 06:58:23 00:57:59 –
  43. METELLI (ITA) KTM 07:00:39 01:00:15 –
  44. CHIME (FRA) KTM 07:01:28 01:01:04 –
  45. LAZARD (URY) KTM 07:02:15 01:01:51 –
  46. KOZAC (ARG) YAMAHA 07:02:25 01:02:01 –
  47. RODRIGUEZ (ARG) KTM 07:06:23 01:05:59 –
  48. CHOLLET (FRA) YAMAHA 07:10:10 01:09:46 –
  49. MARTENS (NLD) HUSQVARNA 07:10:13 01:09:49 –
  50. VAN HEERTUM (NLD) KTM 07:13:21 01:12:57 00:01:00

Provisional general classification (top 50)

  1. PRICE (AUS) KTM 46:13:26 – –
  2. SVITKO (SVK) KTM 46:51:05 00:37:39 00:01:00
  3. QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 47:06:36 00:53:10 –
  4. BENAVIDES (ARG) HONDA 47:10:54 00:57:28 –
  5. RODRIGUES (PRT) YAMAHA 47:10:55 00:57:29 00:05:00
  6. MEO (FRA) KTM 47:26:16 01:12:50 –
  7. VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA 47:50:08 01:36:42 –
  8. FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 48:07:56 01:54:30 –
  9. BRABEC (USA) HONDA 48:16:32 02:03:06 –
  10. MONLEON (ESP) KTM 49:30:39 03:17:13 –
  11. METGE (FRA) HONDA 49:52:44 03:39:18 –
  12. CERUTTI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 50:14:12 04:00:46 –
  13. PATRAO (PRT) KTM 50:17:37 04:04:11 00:01:00
  14. GYENES (ROU) KTM 50:21:00 04:07:34 –
  15. VILADOMS (ESP) KTM 50:34:30 04:21:04 00:07:00
  16. SANZ (ESP) KTM 50:35:06 04:21:40 –
  17. CERVANTES MONTERO (ESP) KTM 50:51:21 04:37:55 00:02:00
  18. VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 51:06:10 04:52:44 00:02:00
  19. CASTEU (FRA) KTM 51:18:01 05:04:35 –
  20. PIATEK (POL) KTM 51:46:39 05:33:13 00:16:00
  21. SALVATIERRA (BOL) KTM 51:53:07 05:39:41 –
  22. BREAD (FRA) KTM 52:13:30 06:00:04 00:11:07
  23. VOGELS (NLD) KTM 52:22:39 06:09:13 00:15:30
  24. GIMENO GARCÍA (ESP) KTM 52:41:21 06:27:55 00:01:00
  25. DUPLESSIS (ARG) KTM 53:47:09 07:33:43 –
  26. BLYTHE (USA) KTM 53:51:51 07:38:25 00:08:00
  27. VAYSSADE (FRA) SHERCO TVS 54:14:11 08:00:45 –
  28. VAN PELT (NLD) HUQSVARNA 54:19:02 08:05:36 00:07:00
  29. PABISKA (CZE) KTM 54:21:44 08:08:18 00:01:00
  30. CARDONA VAGNONI (FRI) KTM 54:22:52 08:09:26 –
  31. VAN DEN GOORBERGH (NLD) KTM 54:41:03 08:27:37 –
  32. THIS (ITA) HONDA 55:16:51 09:03:25 00:03:00
  33. MINAUDIER (FRA) KTM 55:56:46 09:43:20 –
  34. SOLA TARRADELLAS (ESP) YAMAHA 55:58:43 09:45:17 00:15:00
  35. VAN GERVEN (NLD) KTM 56:04:25 09:50:59 00:02:00
  36. RIOS (PER) KTM 56:26:10 10:12:44 –
  37. SMITH (USA) HUSQVARNA 56:39:35 10:26:09 –
  38. FUENTES (BOL) KTM 57:37:36 11:24:10 00:00:30
  39. DA COSTA (FRA) YAMAHA 57:48:09 11:34:43 00:04:00
  40. VERKADE (NLD) HONDA 57:59:23 11:45:57 –
  41. KOZAC (ARG) YAMAHA 58:21:10 12:07:44 00:02:00
  42. DUCLOS (FRA) SHERCO TVS 58:36:41 12:23:15 05:55:30
  43. METELLI (ITA) KTM 58:46:17 12:32:51 00:16:00
  44. RODRIGUEZ (ARG) KTM 58:56:57 12:43:31 –
  45. LUCCHESE (ITA) YAMAHA 58:57:03 12:43:37 00:23:00
  46. PASCUAL (ARG) KTM 59:14:08 13:00:42 –
  47. GOMEZ (ARG) YAMAHA 60:02:40 13:49:14 00:02:00
  48. DIOCLEZIANO (ITA) KTM 60:30:59 14:17:33 00:00:30
  49. MARTENS (NLD) HUSQVARNA 60:53:12 14:39:46 00:01:00
  50. LAZARD (URY) KTM 61:04:21 14:50:55 00:04:00

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