2012 Dakar Results: Stage 11

After Stage 11, the close race in the bike class continues.  Cyril Despres was able to win the stage with Marc Coma finishing third 2:01 minutes back, thus Despres’ Overall lead has stretched to a still small 2:22.  Some different riders’ names figured in the top finishers on Stage 11 with Farres Guell finishing second and Aubert finishing fourth.

The competition between Despres and Coma will continue right to the end and it is not clear which rider will prevail.  The overall results show that the third place rider, Rodrigues, is over an hour behind the two KTM riders.

Results: Bikes Stage 11
1 Despres KTM
2 Farres Guell KTM 1:39
3 Coma KTM 2:01
4 Aubert KTM 3:30
5 Barreda Bort Husqvarna 4:53
Results:   Bikes Overall After Stage 11
1 Despres KTM
2 Coma KTM 2:22
3 Rodriques Yamaha 1:08:40
4 Viladoms KTM 1:24:46
5 Svitko KTM 1:34:56

The final results may still be up in the air in the Bike class, but in the Car class the podium positions are beginning to become clear.  All of this is because of the poor Stage 11 result of Robby Gordon.  Gordon had to stop to make repairs to a CV joint and managed to lose almost 2 hours on the leaders.

Nani Roma On His Way To 2nd Place on Stage 11

While Gordon had a bad day, the two front running MINI team mates Peterhansel and Roma had good days finishing 1-2 on the stage.  In looking at the overall standings, it looks like the remaining stages will be a MINI parade.  Peterhansel has a commanding 22 minute lead over Roma and the MINI team would not want to ruin a 1-2 finish by unnecessary intramural racing.  The third place Car is De Villiers in his Toyota, but he is over 1 hour behind Peterhansel.  While De Villiers is far behind the two leading MINIs, he enjoys an hour lead over Gordon, who fell back to fourth, pending the results of his appeal of the previous exclusion ruling.  The daily Car class results after Stage 11 are presented below:

Results: Cars Stage 10
1 Peterhansel MINI
2 Roma MINI 3:44
3 Leal Dos Santos MINI 8:56
4 De VIlliers Toyota 9:28
5 Novitskiy MINI 10:15
Results:   Cars Overall After Stage 11
1 Peterhansel MINI
2 Roma MINI 22:49
3 De Villiers Tpyota 1:11:01
4 Gordon Hummer 2:10:31
5 Novitskiy MINI 2:11:10

Today’s poor finish by Robby Gordon begins to make the results of his appeal of the exclusion less important.  If Gordon was in a position for an Overall win, then the appeal would be critical.  However with this major slip in the Overall standings, the resolution of the exclusion argument becomes less relevant.

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