Red Bull Desert Wings driver and rider quotes after Dakar finish

Red Bull Desert Wings driver and rider quotes after Dakar finish

15.01.2021: QUOTES Stéphane Peterhansel: “It was a really tough one this year and there is always more pressure when you are the leader for so long. We had everything to lose but

QUOTES



Stéphane Peterhansel:
“It was a really tough one this year and there is always more pressure when you are the leader for so long. We had everything to lose but we did a really precise race, almost perfect. The key again this year was avoiding those big mistakes. It’s working really well inside the cockpit, it’s a good feeling to have Edouard sat in the right seat. This was his first Dakar in a top car and he did a really excellent job.”



Nasser Al-Attiyah: “
I’m a little disappointed to finish second, but also grateful that we could finish the race. I’m really proud of the work we have done as a team, from when we started together until now. I’m sure we’ll be even stronger next year and we can have the victory.”



Carlos Sainz:
“The podium is always important, but still I can’t be 100 percent happy. We had the chance to fight for the victory but we didn’t do such a good job with the navigation and the roadbook. I’m happy for the team and happy for Stéphane, I think he did a really fantastic job. He deserves his victory, that’s why they call him Monsieur Dakar.”



Kuba Przygoński:
“We’ve finished a tough Dakar in fourth place. The terrain was really tough, everything was tough. We kept fourth position from day three and we worked hard not to lose it. If there had been a mistake at the top maybe we could have reached the podium.”



Giniel De Villiers:
“It’s always good to finish a Dakar Rally. We didn’t quite get the result that we want. It just didn’t seemed to go right for us this year. We had a lot of punctures and we got lost just a little bit too much. We had a few things go wrong.”




Cyril Despre
s: “This rally has ended better than we expected. We had some tough days but we were able to stay positive. We kept in mind that we were here to get information to help develop the project. We pushed the car and we pushed our limit. I think me and Mike understand each other a lot better now.”



Sébastien Loeb: “
Every day we remind ourselves how lucky we are that this is our job, and to be part of the BRX team. We came to the Dakar with the same ambition as the team; to achieve great results, but [on Stage Eight] we had no other choice but to retire.”




Sam Sunderland:
“I tried so hard this morning and things started off good. Then I lost 10 minutes looking for a waypoint in the dunes. That’s how it goes, when you push the speed the navigation comes down. It’s a fine balance. I knew today that I had a big task ahead of me, to open and push in front. I tried my best and it wasn’t possible. The guys in front did a great job, congratulations to them. This is the most difficult Dakar I ever did. Really long stages, dunes, stones, riverbeds, mountains… everything you can imagine.”



Daniel Sanders
: “It’s was a pretty perfect Dakar for me. It started off with a good prologue and then every day after that I went out to try and gain as much experience as possible. It’s great to come away with fourth overall and first rookie. I’ve only been four months on the rally bike, I can’t thank KTM Factory Racing Team enough and Jordi Viladoms for encouraging me.”





Matthias Walkner
: “After my problem on Stage Two I knew I could not challenge for the podium. It’s always cool to finish the Dakar though, even if I didn’t get the result I wanted at the start. I will take so many memories away from this rally.”



Stefan Svitko: “
There are so many great rivals at this rally so a result in the Top 10 is always good. We had so many really tough days at this Dakar, it feels great to reach the end. On this final stage I was focused on staying on the bike and bringing it across the line.”




Laia Sanz: “
It was a really tough year and I struggled a lot to get to the finish line. I’m so happy. I know the result is not what I usually want but I’m really very satisfied with this result. Thanks to my team and all the people who have helped me a lot this year.”




Camille Chapelière:
“I’m super happy about my race. After more than 10 days of racing I have no injuries. I enjoyed every single day and it was incredible to be here. The Dakar is legendary for being a hard race to finish so I’m happy to catch the finish line.”




Toby Price
: “Finally broken my 30th bone! I don’t remember much but I’ve got a pretty sore collarbone, shoulder and hand and will need surgery for that... Disappointed to not make the finish and let down the team and my sponsors but that’s racing unfortunately this time around.”




Dmitry Sotnikov:
“I just have no words, only emotions. I can't believe yet that we have won. We have been moving towards this victory for several years, gradually approaching it. And now I am very happy, I am proud of all the guys. This is something fantastic and incredible, our crew and the whole team work so hard for us to be in first place.”



Anton Shibalov: "
For the second year in a row we finished Dakar in second place. Of course, like any athlete, I want to win, but I am glad that Dima Sotnikov is in first place. All together we did a great job and in the end got an excellent result!”



Ayrat Mardeev
: “I was very happy to return to drive in this extreme rally. We missed last year, but this year we plunged into this incredible atmosphere of struggle again and were able to be in third place. Our crew moved forward step by step and defended our third place to the very finish line.”




Chaleco López:
“We had so many really difficult stages this year. I’m so happy for my sponsors, for my country and for my co-driver Juan Pablo. Last year we were on the podium and now we’re back on top. It’s perfect.”




Seth Quintero
: “Over the two weeks I managed to figure things out the best I could. We came out swinging and we proved our point that we’re here to stay. The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team is not a team to be messed with, we’ll be back next year and we’ll be back better. There’s obviously little bugs we can work on to be better next year, but overall our car is amazing.”



Cristina Gutiérrez: “Dakar Experience has been good for me because I’ve learnt a lot. I was able to carry on and do more kilometres. I’m very happy to be in this team with my co-driver Francois. The overall result is not what we wanted, but we end with a good stage. We need to test the car more and drive more kilometres in dunes. I hope that next year this car can win.”

    
       
    


- Christiane Fial, photos Red Bull

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