Selected driver quotes after Dakar stage 2

Selected driver quotes after Dakar stage 2

09.01.2019: Quotes Sébastien Loeb: “It was a good stage for me with no problems. We tried to establish a good rhythm and then keep it for the entire stage. In the dunes it’s tough to keep on rhythm for the whole day, but today we managed it well an

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Sébastien Loeb:
“It was a good stage for me with no problems. We tried to establish a good rhythm and then keep it for the entire stage. In the dunes it’s tough to keep on rhythm for the whole day, but today we managed it well and things worked out for us. Yesterday we fell behind a little bit so it was good to come straight back today.”



Cyril Despres:
“Overall it was a solid stage for us. We lost a little bit of time for sure, but not too much. We were really happy about the Mini and the set-up we prepared yesterday. You can make so many kilometres in testing like we’ve done with Mini in Morocco, but when you’re here in Peru racing the Dakar it’s something completely different. We saw Stéphane (Peterhansel) stuck in the dunes so we stopped to give them a tow. The team spirit we have means that these things come naturally without any thought.”



Stéphane Peterhansel:
“For us it was not an easy stage. It started with some electrical problems inside the car. We had no microphone, no air conditioner, no wiper, nothing! I guess I lost a bit of concentration and then we were stuck. It was a tough place where we were so we’re very thankful to Cyril (Despres) who stopped to help us out. Without Cyril’s help we would still be there now and not here at the finish line.”



Matthias Walkner
: “I don’t know if I made the right decision to push too much, but in the end it’s always good to have a stage win. There were some places with dust behind the cars, mostly it was fine though and they were easy to overtake. There was some really loose fesh fesh in the dunes so you had to be careful or you could lose control of the bike.”



Toby Price:
“It was a longer day today with 340 kilometres of special stage. We had the cars in front of us today and they seemed to be taking different lines than we would normally do. We’ll head back to the bivouac now and get rested up before doing it all again tomorrow. I’m just doing my best to block out the pain in my wrist while I’m racing."


CS Santosh:
“I started the stage really well today, but after 80 kilometres I had a problem with the clutch. When this happened I had to ride while protecting the bike. If I pushed I would’ve been in a lot of trouble. I’m happy to finish the day, we’ll fix what it is tonight and then be back on the gas tomorrow.”



Chaleco Lopez:
“It was a long day today and things got particularly tricky around 20 kilometres from the end. There was one waypoint that we had a hard time finding. I’m feeling very good to get this first long stage of the 2019 Dakar done, and to win the stage is a nice bonus.”


Ignacio Casale:
“We had so much fesh fesh and powdery sand on this stage. It’s fair to say that we were in conservation mode and concentrating on finding a good rhythm. I know from past experience that you need to use your head at the Dakar, come up with a good plan and stick to it. That’s what we’ve been doing so far.”




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