Dakar – Dakar motorcycle stage 9: Michael Metge on the attack, Van Beveren at a standstill and Toniutti at the hospital … –

RALLYE DAKAR 2019 – STAGE 9

Dakar motorcycle stage 9: Michael Metge on the attack, Van Beveren at a standstill and Toniutti at the hospital…

Dakar - Dakar motorcycle stage 9: Michael Metge on the attack, Van Beveren at a standstill and Toniutti at the hospital ... -

The 9th stage of the Dakar motorcycle is very contrasted: on the one hand France which salutes the first victory of the Nîmes rider Michael Metge on his Sherco, on the other France which mourns the failure of Adrien Van Beveren at 16 km from the ‘arrival and retirement after a fall of Julien Toniutti, the promising beginner in rally raid…

Austria is rubbing its hands at the idea of ​​the probable 18th victory of a KTM. Explanations.

Surprise guest: Michael Metge! The French rider, vice-European enduro champion in 2010, at the age of 38, offers himself his very first stage victory in the Dakar after six appearances in the "King of Rallyes", under the nose and beard of the favorites. His success is all the more tasty as his motorcycle – a Sherco 450 RTM – comes from the same region as Nîmes. !

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The French manufacturer associated with TVS can be proud of having recruited him alongside his brother Adrien: Michael Metge – former water carrier of Despres at Yamaha, then of Barreda at Honda – honors his status as a leader in winning this ninth stage, which formed a loop in the dunes of Pisco (Peru). 

The n ° 16 won by a short header ahead of Daniel Nosiglia Jager and Pablo Quintanilla, who consolidated his second place in the provisional on his Husqvarna. The key to his success comes from the start in line of this penultimate day: left in the second wave, the Sherco pilot took advantage of the leaders’ hesitation to swoop in on the first group….

"Everyone thought that the one who was riding in front was doing a good job, but that was not the case: he got lost and we followed him", regrets Matthias Walkner, winner of the Dakar who finished 4th in the ‘stage at 3’30 from Metge. "Everyone was looking for the waypoint, I eventually found it and we ended up in a small group".

Dakar - Dakar motorcycle stage 9: Michael Metge on the attack, Van Beveren at a standstill and Toniutti at the hospital ... -

"We expected an easy day, but it was not and there was more to lose than to win. I stayed in the group without doing anything stupid," said the KTM official who points 3rd overall, 6’35 behind the leader. "I have a good chance of finishing on the podium, but the first two places are almost out of reach. I’m happy with my Dakar".

Metge "in tension until the end"

For his part, Michael Metge relishes the success in the form of a rematch: "Three years ago, I won a stage before I was withdrawn because of a penalty", he recalls. "Today was a pretty bad start and I started by making two or three mistakes. But with Nosiglia in the second row, we kept up a good pace and we caught up with the first ones who had made a small mistake of navigation".

 Dakar - Dakar motorcycle stage 9: Michael Metge on the attack, Van Beveren at a standstill and Toniutti at the hospital ... -

"I was in tension until the end," admits the one who interrupts the Honda and KTM victories in this 41st edition of the Dakar. "We did the last 20 kilometers with the first ones, I knew I was going to win but it was dangerous, there was dust … I was stressed! When I crossed the line, it was huge. I’m super happy, for myself and also for the team who did a great job. We have a great bike! "

In the general classification, the Australian driver Toby Price continues to pull the chestnuts out of the fire thanks to his 5th place on the stage: the winner of the Dakar 2016 retains the leadership before the last day of racing, despite his right scaphoid broken last month.

"I would like to finish at the top: we are so close and it is so close! Everyone is still in the game," said the n ° 3 who is only 1’02 ahead of Quintanilla. "I know that tomorrow night there is a good chance that I will finish on the podium and it is already huge, but of course the goal is to try to win".

Van Beveren broken down on his Yamaha…

The other great sensation is unfortunately a disillusion: that of seeing Adrien van Beveren stopped just 16 km from the finish of the 9th stage, victim of a breakdown on his official Yamaha WRF … The northerner rider – 4th overall the day before – thus loses all chances of winning or even getting on the final podium.

The official Yamaha team evokes a "minor technical problem" to justify this setback, probably caused by a simple lack of gasoline. With his head in his hands next to his motorbike, Adrien seems struck down: how not to be after having traveled about 5,180 km to finally fail less than 500 km from the final finish ?

Van Beveren – announced as withdrawn from the race – would have finally managed to reach the finish line late in the evening: he would have classified himself in the 70th place of the stage, thus passing to the 14th position overall. However, his situation needs to be clarified because the organizer announces his possible exclusion "for having covered the last kilometers of the special in a pick-up"…

Alexandre Kowalski, director of the Yamaha Rally team, considers for his part that the Dakar of Van Beveren is well and truly finished: "his retirement is a hard blow for all, but Adrien has proven this year again that he was one of the most complete rally drivers in the world ", regrets the French manager, stressing that the young northerner driver has remained at the forefront on each stage. 

Julien Toniutti hospitalized

For Yamaha, the withdrawal of his headliner would be recorded: "making a heroic effort, he struggled for several hours in the dunes, but failed to cross the finish line", indicates the Japanese manufacturer. . in total contradiction with the race direction, which ensures that the Yamaha rider would have crossed the finish line, but potentially thanks to outside help !

In the meantime, Yamaha’s last hopes rest on Xavier de Soultrait who completed this 409 km stage in 9th place and climbs up to 5th place overall..

Finally, another big disappointment for the French clan: the French beginner Julien Toniutti, the first driver to enter both the Tourist Trophy and the Dakar, gave up after a crash !

"Julien had a bad fall and was taken to hospital in Lima for examination and treatment," said his 2B Racing team. The Lyon driver, five-time French road rally champion, brilliantly climbed to 63rd in the provisional rank before his retirement, a remarkable performance for this rookie used to asphalt but not to sand..

Video summary of stage 9 of the Dakar

Results and classification of stage 9 of the Dakar motorcycle 2019 (top 50)

  1.  MICHAEL METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 03H 46 ’38’ ‘ 
  2.  DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER MEC HRC 03H 48 ’38’ ‘+ 00H 02’ 00 ”
  3.  PABLO QUINTANILLA ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 03H 50 ’06’ ‘+ 00H 03’ 28 ”
  4.  MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 50 ’07’ ‘+ 00H 03’ 29 ”
  5.  TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 50 ’07’ ‘+ 00H 03’ 29 ”
  6.  JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2019 03H 50 ’08’ ‘+ 00H 03’ 30 ”
  7.  ANDREW SHORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 03H 50 ’41’ ‘+ 00H 04’ 03 ”
  8.  LUCIANO BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 51 ’33’ ‘+ 00H 04’ 55 ”
  9.  XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM 03H 51 ’34’ ‘+ 00H 04’ 56 ”
  10.  ORIOL MENA HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 03H 52 ’36’ ‘+ 00H 05’ 58 ”
  11.  SAM SUNDERLAND RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 03H 53 ’44’ ‘+ 00H 07’ 06 ”
  12.  LAIA SANZ KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM 03H 59 ’00’ ‘+ 00H 12’ 22 ”
  13.  MAURIZIO GERINI SOLARYS RACING 04H 03 ’49’ ‘+ 00H 17’ 11 ”
  14.  KEVIN BENAVIDES MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2019 04H 05 ’41’ ‘+ 00H 19’ 03 ”
  15.  ROSS BRANCH BAS DAKAR TEAM 04H 06 ’22’ ‘+ 00H 19’ 44 ”
  16.  ADAM TOMICZEK ORLEN TEAM 04H 22 ’25’ ‘+ 00H 35’ 47 ”
  17.  MARC SOLA TERRADELLAS FN SPEED TEAM 04H 27 ’18’ ‘+ 00H 40’ 40 ”
  18.  JOAQUIM RODRIGUES HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 04H 27 ’19’ ‘+ 00H 40’ 41 ”
  19.  MILAN ENGEL MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) 04H 27 ’22’ ‘+ 00H 40’ 44 ”
  20.  ADRIEN METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 31 ’22’ ‘+ 00H 44’ 44 ”
  21.  PAUL SPIERINGS HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 04H 35 ’32’ ‘+ 00H 48’ 54 ”
  22.  BENJAMIN MELOT NOMADE RACING 04H 36 ’31’ ‘+ 00H 49’ 53 ”
  23.  KENNETH GILBERT BAS DAKAR TEAM 04H 36 ’55’ ‘+ 00H 50’ 17 ”
  24.  FLORENT VAYSSADE NOMADE RACING 04H 37 ’01’ ‘+ 00H 50’ 23 ”
  25.  FAUSTO MOTA TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM 04H 37 ’39’ ‘+ 00H 51’ 01 ”
  26.  ARNOLD BRUCY AL DESERT 04H 38 ’22’ ‘+ 00H 51’ 44 ”
  27.  GARRETT POUCHER KLYMCIW RACING 04H 40 ’39’ ‘+ 00H 54’ 01 ”
  28.  JUAN PUGA MED TEAM 04H 42 ’08’ ‘+ 00H 55’ 30 ”
  29.  LOIC MINAUDIER NOMAD RACING 04H 43 ’22’ ‘+ 00H 56’ 44 ”
  30.  ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS 04H 43 ’23’ ‘+ 00H 56’ 45 ”
  31.  ALBERTO SANTIAGO ONTIVEROS PUCHI ONTIVEROS 04H 50 ’22’ ‘+ 01H 03’ 44 ”
  32.  MOHAMMED BALOOSHI DUUST RALLY TEAM 04H 50 ’23’ ‘+ 01H 03’ 45 ”
  33.  CESAR PARDO KTM PERU RALLY TEAM 2018 04H 55 ’17’ ‘+ 01H 08’ 39 ”
  34.  JAN BRABEC BIG SHOCK RACING 04H 57 ’39’ ‘+ 01H 11’ 01 ”
  35.  EDWIN STRAVER EDWIN STRAVER 04H 59 ’31’ ‘+ 01H 12’ 53 ”
  36.  MARK TIELEMANS SJORS VAN HERTUM 05H 15 ’20’ ‘+ 01H 28’ 42 ”
  37.  SEBASTIAN ALBERTO URQUIA X RAIDS PJM GENERAL DEHEZA 05H 21 ’19’ ‘+ 01H 34’ 41 ”
  38.  JOSE ISRAEL BORRELL GONZALEZ SOCOPUR RALLY TEAM 05H 21 ’22’ ‘+ 01H 34’ 44 ”
  39.  FABRICIO FUENTES FABRICIO FUENTES 05H 21 ’42’ ‘+ 01H 35’ 04 ”
  40.  SEBASTIAN BÜHLER BÜHLER RACING TEAM 05H 22 ’21’ ‘+ 01H 35’ 43 ”
  41.  NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE TEAM CASTEU 05H 22 ’24’ ‘+ 01H 35’ 46 ”
  42.  CARLO VELLUTINO XRAIDS TEAM 05H 25 ’24’ ‘+ 01H 38’ 46 ”
  43.  CARLOS GRACIDA GARZA HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 05H 25 ’35’ ‘+ 01H 38’ 57 ”
  44.  PETR VLCEK KLYMCIW RACING 05H 26 ’27’ ‘+ 01H 39’ 49 ”
  45.  SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO 05H 29 ’40’ ‘+ 01H 43’ 02 ”
  46.  MIRKO PAVAN NSM RACING TEAM 06H 00 ’14’ ‘+ 02H 13’ 36 ”
  47.  OSCAR ROMERO MONTOYA TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM 06H 00 ’48’ ‘+ 02H 14’ 10 ”
  48.  MIRJAM POL HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 06H 12 ’31’ ‘+ 02H 25’ 53 ”
  49.  PHILIPPE GENDRON NOMADE RACING 06H 20 ’17’ ‘+ 02H 33’ 39 ”
  50.  SJORS VAN HEERTUM SJORS VAN HERTUM 06H 20 ’28’ ‘+ 02H 33’ 50 ”

Provisional general classification of the Dakar motorcycle 2019 (top 50)

  1.   TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 32H 43 ’15’ ‘ 
  2.  PABLO QUINTANILLA ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 32H 44 ’17’ ‘+ 00H 01’ 02 ”
  3.  MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 32H 49 ’50’ ‘+ 00H 06’ 35 ”
  4.  ANDREW SHORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 33H 23 ’16’ ‘+ 00H 40’ 01 ”
  5.  XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM 33H 30 ’59’ ‘+ 00H 47’ 44 ”
  6.  JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2019 33H 49 ’00’ ‘+ 01H 05’ 45 ”
  7.  LUCIANO BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 33H 49 ’05’ ‘+ 01H 05’ 50 ”
  8.  SAM SUNDERLAND RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 33H 53 ’30’ ‘+ 01H 10’ 15 ”
  9.  ORIOL MENA HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 34H 35 ’35’ ‘+ 01H 52’ 20 ”
  10.  DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER MEC HRC 35H 05 ’06’ ‘+ 02H 21’ 51 ”
  11.  LAIA SANZ KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM 35H 51 ’53’ ‘+ 03H 08’ 38 ”
  12.  ROSS BRANCH BAS DAKAR TEAM 36H 18 ’10’ ‘+ 03H 34’ 55 ”
  13.  KEVIN BENAVIDES MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2019 36H 20 ’30’ ‘+ 03H 37’ 15 ”
  14.  MAURIZIO GERINI SOLARYS RACING 36H 55 ’57’ ‘+ 04H 12’ 42 ”
  15.  ADAM TOMICZEK ORLEN TEAM 37H 42 ’19’ ‘+ 04H 59’ 04 ”
  16.  MILAN ENGEL MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) 37H 43 ’24’ ‘+ 05H 00’ 09 ”
  17.  JOAQUIM RODRIGUES HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY 37H 50 ’39’ ‘+ 05H 07’ 24 ”
  18.  MARC SOLA TERRADELLAS FN SPEED TEAM 38H 00 ’53’ ‘+ 05H 17’ 38 ”
  19.  KENNETH GILBERT BAS DAKAR TEAM 38H 50 ’17’ ‘+ 06H 07’ 02 ”
  20.  BENJAMIN MELOT NOMADE RACING 39H 20 ’34’ ‘+ 06H 37’ 19 ”
  21.  SEBASTIAN BÜHLER BÜHLER RACING TEAM 39H 26 ’44’ ‘+ 06H 43’ 29 ”
  22.  MICHAEL METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 40H 09 ’32’ ‘+ 07H 26’ 17 ”
  23.  ADRIEN METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 41H 08 ’10’ ‘+ 08H 24’ 55 ”
  24.  LOIC MINAUDIER NOMAD RACING 41H 08 ’42’ ‘+ 08H 25’ 27 ”
  25.  ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS 41H 25 ’16’ ‘+ 08H 42’ 01 ”
  26.  MOHAMMED BALOOSHI DUUST RALLY TEAM 42H 17 ’41’ ‘+ 09H 34’ 26 ”
  27.  PAUL SPIERINGS HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 42H 40 ’32’ ‘+ 09H 57’ 17 ”
  28.  FLORENT VAYSSADE NOMADE RACING 43H 07 ’21’ ‘+ 10H 24’ 06 ”
  29.  FAUSTO MOTA TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM 43H 32 ’56’ ‘+ 10H 49’ 41 ”
  30.  MARK TIELEMANS SJORS VAN HERTUM 43H 36 ’55’ ‘+ 10H 53’ 40 ”
  31.  EDWIN STRAVER EDWIN STRAVER 44H 06 ’55’ ‘+ 11H 23’ 40 ”
  32.  ALBERTO SANTIAGO ONTIVEROS PUCHI ONTIVEROS 44H 13 ’23’ ‘+ 11H 30’ 08 ”
  33.  GARRETT POUCHER KLYMCIW RACING 44H 46 ’48’ ‘+ 12H 03’ 33 ”
  34.  OSCAR ROMERO MONTOYA TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM 45H 05 ’58’ ‘+ 12H 22’ 43 ”
  35.  DAVID MEGRE KTM PORTUGAL 45H 34 ’28’ ‘+ 12H 51’ 13 ”
  36.  JAN BRABEC BIG SHOCK RACING 46H 55 ’00’ ‘+ 14H 11’ 45 ”
  37.  JOSE ISRAEL BORRELL GONZALEZ SOCOPUR RALLY TEAM 47H ​​26 ’45’ ‘+ 14H 43’ 30 ”
  38.  PATRICIO CABRERA KAWASAKI CHILE CIDEF 47H 34 ’00’ ‘+ 14H 50’ 45 ”
  39.  ARAVIND PRABHAKAR SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 48H 00 ’27’ ‘+ 15H 17’ 12 ”
  40.  NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE TEAM CASTEU 48H 08 ’07’ ‘+ 15H 24’ 52 ”
  41.  ARNOLD BRUCY AL DESERT 48H 25 ’27’ ‘+ 15H 42’ 12 ”
  42.  FABRICIO FUENTES FABRICIO FUENTES 48H 26 ’26’ ‘+ 15H 43’ 11 ”
  43.  SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO 48H 58 ’54’ ‘+ 16H 15’ 39 ”
  44.  JUAN PUGA MED TEAM 49H 46 ’01’ ‘+ 17H 02’ 46 ”
  45.  CESAR PARDO KTM PERU RALLY TEAM 2018 50H 11 ’05’ ‘+ 17H 27’ 50 ”
  46.  CARLO VELLUTINO XRAIDS TEAM 50H 21 ’31’ ‘+ 17H 38’ 16 ”
  47.  SEBASTIAN ALBERTO URQUIA X RAIDS PJM GENERAL DEHEZA 50H 28 ’47’ ‘+ 17H 45’ 32 ”
  48.  ZHANG MIN KLICEN KTM R2R DAKAR RALLY TEAM 50H 58 ’49’ ‘+ 18H 15’ 34 ”
  49.  PETR VLCEK KLYMCIW RACING 51H 15 ’28’ ‘+ 18H 32’ 13 ”
  50.  CARLOS GRACIDA GARZA HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING 52H 07 ’04’ ‘+ 19H 23’ 49 ”

Dakar 2019 program

  • Monday January 7 Stage 1: Lima> Pisco
  • Tuesday January 8 Stage 2: Pisco> San Juan de Marcona
  • Wednesday 9 January Stage 3: San Juan de Marcona> Arequipa
  • Thursday January 10 Stage 4: Arequipa> Moquegua (Moto / Quad)
  • Friday January 11th Stage 5: Moquegua> Arequipa (Moto / Quad)
  • Saturday January 12: Rest in Arequipa
  • Sunday January 13th Stage 6: Arequipa> San Juan de Marcona
  • Monday January 14th Stage 7: San Juan de Marcona> San Juan de Marcona
  • Tuesday January 15 Stage 8: San Juan de Marcona> Pisco
  • Wednesday January 16 Stage 9: Pisco> Pisco
  • Thursday January 17 Stage 10: Pisco> Lima

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