Red Bull Desert Wings rider and driver quotes after cruel Dakar stage 9

Red Bull Desert Wings rider and driver quotes after cruel Dakar stage 9

12.01.2021: Dakar Rally 2021 Stage 9 from Neom > Neom Tuesday, January 12th 2021 Stéphane Peterhansel: “It was always going to be a long day so we decided in the morning that we would not go full attack. We wanted to manage the tyre

   
Dakar Rally 2021
Stage 9 from Neom > Neom
Tuesday, January 12th 2021




Stéphane Peterhansel:
“It was always going to be a long day so we decided in the morning that we would not go full attack. We wanted to manage the tyres and be clean with the navigation. We overtook Carlos and Nasser. It was more a question of strategy than speed. My co-driver Edouard did a great job.”



Nasser Al-Attiyah:
“We had three punctures, three flat tyres. After that we didn’t have any spares so we just decided to go safely to the finish. I’m not disappointed because I know I did all I could today and still everything is possible on the final three days.”



Cyril Despres: “It was a tough day. 465km full of rocks and full of riverbeds. It was an amazing landscape. We had one bad puncture a few kilometres from the finish, but we came through it.”



Carlos Sainz:
“It was difficult for us today. One brake pipe came loose so we lost the brakes. Then we had to do the stage like that and it wasn’t easy.”



Eduard Nikolaev, deputy team leader of Kamaz: “We are very pleased with this day, we are happy that everyone returned to the bivouac with a good result. There are three days left before the end of the race, we have to prepare trucks and reach the finish of the Dakar.”



Jordi Viladoms, KTM Factory Racing Rally Team Manager
: “It was a really bad day for our team today because of Toby’s crash. It’s really a pity because after yesterday’s stage when he repaired his wheel really good. During the rally he has been riding really well and for sure he had the chance to win this race.

The positive side is that the injury is not bad, he’s well and hopefully he can recover fast. We also had Sam crashing and losing some time in the overall and also Sanders crashed. All in all, today is a bad day. We lost our biggest contender and a lot of time with the others. For the remaining three days we need to keep focused because the rally is not yet done. We’ll push until the end.”
 


Sam Sunderland:
“It was a pretty rough day. It started off quite positive in the morning and things were going good with the tricky navigation. Then, I can’t remember which kilometre it was exactly, I saw my buddy Toby laid up in a river bed with Brabec already stopped with him. I went over there to help let out the air of the airbag. It was a sad situation.

After that I tried to get my head down and concentrate on the roadbook. Then after about 100km more I was opening up for the group. I was looking down at the roadbook and I hit a rock, it was my turn to crash. I went over the handlebars quite fast and had quite a big impact.


Unfortunately I broke the roadbook and all of the GPS so after that I couldn’t navigate. Then I had to follow the dust of other guys for the rest of the day which was quite scary. It was a rough day for us, but it’s the Dakar and it’s tough. We’ll fight another day tomorrow.”



Daniel Sanders
: “I had a big crash at 50km. I went off into the rocks at the side of the road, the airbag went off and I had a few tumbles in the rocks. That wasn’t a good start. Then I caught up to Barreda and we were cruising through some really technical parts of the stage.

Then I saw Toby down and that sort of the shook the brain a little bit more after my own crash this morning. Hopefully he’s all good and he’ll be back on it soon I’m sure. It wasn’t the best day, but I’m happy to be at the finish line after a tough, long stage.”



Laia Sanz:
“The stage was tough, long and really dangerous. I didn’t enjoy it so much, but I’m glad that I’m here in one piece. I hope tomorrow we have a better stage.”



Camille Chapelière: “The navigation was really hard today, you really had to take your time to avoid mistakes. I did one mistake which cost me a lot of time. Then in the last part of the special I was in the dust and it was really hard to make the difference. One more day done.”
 


Chaleco López:
“The special was the most difficult stage of all the Dakar. There were lots of tracks and rocks, but on every special there’s been no problem thanks to good navigation from my co-pilot. I’m very happy, it was good work.”

    
    

    
    
- Christine FIAL, photos Red Bull


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