Dakar – David Casteu (Sherco) retains the lead of the Dakar –

David Casteu (Sherco) retains Dakar lead

Dakar - David Casteu (Sherco) retains the lead of the Dakar -

After winning the second stage of the Dakar 2010 (his eighth stage victory in total on the Dakar), enduro champion David Frétigné (Yamaha) takes 3rd place in the general motorcycle classification, still dominated by David Casteu (Sherco).

After winning the second stage of the Dakar 2010 (his eighth stage victory in total on the Dakar), enduro champion David Frétigné (Yamaha) takes 3rd place in the general motorcycle classification, still dominated by David Casteu (Sherco).

"I had two little scares in the special and I don’t like that", said David Casteu during the bivouac in La Rioja: "an Argentinian farmer left his home with his 504 and climbed the special, and more far away I brushed against a calf in a bend without having time to brake … I opened the track and disturbed a lot of animals, I also killed a pigeon and a partridge "…

"When I arrived at the petrol station, there was only 80 km to go", continues the pilot: "I looked at my watch for the gaps with the other pilots and saw that I had 4 ” on Despres and 20 "on Coma, but Frétigné arrived when I was about to leave. I quickly calculated that he had driven super fast and I attacked in the last kilometers, taking 25" from him! My Sherco is walking on fire God! I’m enjoying myself and everyone congratulates me for the work accomplished. It’s a great revenge on all those who took me for a madman to switch to the 450 and a Sherco! "

Cyril Despres (KTM), 2nd and 4th of the first two stages, occupies the 2nd place in the general classification but the Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), penalized by 22 minutes for speeding on Saturday, plummets to 14th place.

In the car, the German-Swiss crew which mowed down a group of spectators during a road exit on Saturday did not take the start of the race on Sunday. Among the victims of the accident, Sonia Natalia Gallardo, 28, who suffered from serious head injuries, but also to the abdomen and pelvis, died Saturday afternoon in Cordoba. Four other people were injured in the accident, two of whom, more seriously affected, were transported with Mrs. Gallardo by helicopter to Cordoba. These two individuals are out of danger, according to a doctor interviewed by AFP.

General motorcycle classification after the 2nd stage: the top 10

  1. David Casteu (FRA / Sherco) in 5h50: 45
  2. Cyril Despres (FRA / KTM) at 2:10
  3. David Frétigné (FRA / Yamaha) at 2:14
  4. Luca Manca (ITA / KTM) at 8:43
  5. Javier Viladoms (ESP / KTM) at 8:48
  6. Helder Rodrigues (POR / Yamaha) at 9:27
  7. Ruben Faria (POR / KTM) at 13:51
  8. Gerrard Farres Guell (ESP / Aprilia) at 14:54
  9. Alain Duclos (FRA / KTM) at 15:23
  10. Jonah Street (USA / KTM) at 16:44

LE JOURNAL MOTO DU NET (with AFP)

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