Selected driver quotes after Dakar stage 3

Selected driver quotes after Dakar stage 3

10.01.2019: Quotes Stéphane Peterhansel: “It was a really complicated day today. We had the full mix of tracks that we can find in Peru. Complicated navigation in the dunes. Sand that was very soft and not easy

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Stéphane Peterhansel:
“It was a really complicated day today. We had the full mix of tracks that we can find in Peru. Complicated navigation in the dunes. Sand that was very soft and not easy to cross. It was a tough stage to come through without making mistakes. My co-driver David (Castera) did a really good job. This is our first stage win together so that’ll give us confidence for the rest of the rally.”


Nasser Al-Attiyah:
"We had a small puncture, which only cost us two minutes. It's a good day, we have reason to be happy. From what I've heard, there's going to be lots of fesh-fesh tomorrow, we'll have to keep our guard up in the marathon stage. After that, we'll keep attacking."


Kuba Przygonski:
"Today we were overtaking and overtaking a lot of cars. We are so happy. We got one puncture, but this is normal on this hard terrain. It was a real Dakar stage, with hard dunes, and a lot of stones. Navigation was not so easy, but we started in a great position, twelve, and we had the route quite clear.”


Cyril Despres:
“The stage started out really well, I was enjoying it a lot and we were making good navigation. We were crossing the dunes in a good way. Then we were looking for a GPS point that was not on the right kilometre in the roadbook. It’s a pity not to double, triple check things when you make a stage like that.”


Sébastien Loeb:
“We got lost on today’s stage and it cost us 30 minutes. We also had a bit of trouble with the engine and we stopped to help a biker who was on the ground. It was a complicated day."


Sam Sunderland:
“There was a section up in the mountains where there was so much fog that you could barely see three metres in front of you. It was only when I took my googles off that I had enough visibility to ride. Up in the mountains we were on a plateau and if you went down in the wrong place you wouldn’t be able to come up again, it would have been game over. There was a fair of amount of chaos out there, especially when we all grouped together. Today was a really tough day.”


Toby Price:
“There weren’t too many clues in the roadbook of where to go when we arrived in the fog. The roadbook said stick to the main track, but we couldn’t even hardly see it. Then there was a righthand turn that was easy to miss. We then got to a waypoint that was by a big cliff that we could have gone down, and if we did that it would have ended the race. So to be here now at the finish we can’t complain.”


Matthias Walkner
: “It was really dangerous in the fog, I think Joan Barreda went down a five-metre cliff where the visibility was really bad. The Dakar is a big adventure, but our safety must also be respected.”
Stefan Svitko: “I made a couple of mistakes in the navigation today so to get a Top 10 finish on the stage feels good."


Luciano Benavides:
“There were lots of guys having difficulty today and I stopped to help one rider who was on the ground. It was tough to focus on my own race after this so I just did what I could. I might have lost a few minutes today, but I think just getting to the finish of a stage like this is a good result.”


Laia Sanz:
“Today was a long stage and I was happy to get a good rhythm going. I think I’m improving day by day. I was riding with Armand (Monleon) for most of the day, it was a pity that we got lost before the refuelling and that cost us some time. Despite that I’m happy and things are getting better.”



Eduard Nikolaev
: “A crazy day, a really crazy day today. Very difficult dunes right from the start to the end. We had big dunes, small dunes and everything in between. We lost five minutes to our rivals, but we are still fighting at the front of the race. Thanks to the organisers for such an interesting stage today.”



Chaleco Lopez:
“Today was a day when lots of things could have gone wrong so I’m pleased that we were able to stick to our strategy of coming to the finish with nothing broken. So we didn’t get the stage win, but still we drove a good stage with close to perfect navigation.”



Christine Fial-

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