Dakar – Dakar moto – stage 9: Price wins, Gonçalves is very hot! –

Dakar moto – stage 9: Price wins, Gonçalves is very hot !

Dakar - Dakar moto - stage 9: Price wins, Gonçalves is very hot! -

After taking control of the Dakar motorcycle 2016 by brilliantly winning the 8th hie r stage, the KTM official Toby Price signs a 4th victory on the first day of the marathon stage, cut off from its last part due to the extreme heat..

A providential cancellation for Paulo Gonçalves, whose Honda – damaged …

After taking control of the Dakar motorcycle 2016 by brilliantly winning the r, KTM official Toby Price signs a 4th victory on the first day of the marathon stage, cut off from its last part due to the extreme heat. A providential cancellation for Paulo Gonçalves, whose Honda – damaged by a branch – could not finish the test …

After the rain, the heat !

On his way to, Toby Price set the pace during this 9th day, which marks the first part of the second marathon stage (without assistance) of this 38th edition of the Dakar. Impressively at ease, the young KTM official (28 years old) seems to have perfectly understood his status as boss, setting the course as a leader without making any mistakes..

"There were some difficulties on this stage, but in the end it was rather a good day", comments the pilot of katoche n ° 3. "It’s hot, but I’m in good shape: I can’t complain".

The heat, in fact, deeply marked this 9th stage, to the point of harming many competitors, literally crushed by the sun and the extreme temperatures (nearly 45 ° C). After the rain of the first few days, this ruthless dodger is added to the list of weather hazards impacting the rally … 

Cancellation of the last part of the stage

Faced with the number of runners in difficulty, especially in the impressive dunes of Fiambala, the race management decided to stop the day at the second checkpoint (CP2), located after the 4th waypoint out of the 5 planned. originally.

At this point, Price was well ahead of the former leader of the motorcycle category, Paulo Gonçalves, who painfully rallies the CP2 due to a technical problem: a branch has punctured the radiator on his Honda, irreparably damaging this essential component in the cooling of the 450cc single cylinder. 

"Paulo tried to get to CP2 like that, but I think his engine burned out", even considers the Frenchman Antoine Méo, 6th in the stage and 5th in the provisional for his first participation in the Dakar..

Unable to start again after CP2, the engine already overheating following the effort required to get here, Gonçales obviously sees the cancellation of the second part favorably: thanks to this new amputation, the Portuguese driver remains in the rest in the race while the abandonment hung on him ! 

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