Dakar: Patronelli brothers still in charge

12 Jan 2010

At just 170km, the ninth stage of the Dakar was more like a sprint than a desert rally but with big dunes to tackle the terrain still asked penty of questions.

In the quad class, the Patronelli brothers had the answers and finished second and third, this time with younger brother Marcos behind Alejandro. Their overall lead now looks unassailable with a third placed Gonzalez Corominas fully four hours behind Alejandro in third outright.

Stage nine featured a spectacular side-by-side start for the best 10 finishers the day before. They were then followed by the rest of the riders in waves of 20. In the MC class, Marc Coma took control by leading the pack over the 170-km route almost entirely made up of the dunes around Copiapo. In the dunes, the Catalan tried to leave the other race favourites in his wake… but in vain. At CP1 (at the 117-km point), it was the general standings leader Cyril Despres who put in the best time, with a lead of only 4 seconds over Coma and 20’ seconds over Pal-Anders Ullevalseter, now the nearest rival to the French race leader.

Yamaha riders Frétigné, Rodrigues and Pain finihsed the stage in fifth, seventh and eighth place respectively.

2010 Dakar Rally overall motorcycle top ten

Pos.

Name

Make

Time

Variation

Penalty

1

002

DESPRES (FRA)

KTM

35:58:55

00:00:00

 

2

004

ULLEVALSETER (NOR)

KTM

37:20:45

01:21:50

 

3

009

LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL)

APRILIA

37:24:26

01:25:31

 

4

005

RODRIGUES (PRT)

YAMAHA

37:27:39

01:28:44

 

5

014

DUCLOS (FRA)

KTM

37:54:35

01:55:40

 

6

012

FRETIGNE (FRA)

YAMAHA

38:04:39

02:05:44

 

7

024

STREET (USA)

KTM

38:38:08

02:39:13

 

8

016

PAIN (FRA)

YAMAHA

38:44:59

02:46:04

 

9

023

BERGLUND (SWE)

KTM

38:58:01

02:59:06

05:00

10

034

PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)

KTM

39:05:07

03:06:12

02:00

 

2010 Dakar Rally overall ATV top ten

Pos.

Name

Make

Time

Variation

Penalty

1

251

PATRONELLI (ARG)

YAMAHA

45:23:39

00:00:00

 

2

277

PATRONELLI (ARG)

YAMAHA

47:46:46

02:23:07

05:00

3

256

GONZALEZ COROMINAS (ESP)

YAMAHA

49:43:42

04:20:03

01:00

4

258

DECLERCK (FRA)

POLARIS

51:34:57

06:11:18

 

5

252

SONIK (POL)

YAMAHA

51:43:50

06:20:11

01:08:00

6

255

HALPERN (ARG)

YAMAHA

54:41:25

09:17:46

03:00:00

7

260

GRAUE (ARG)

CAN-AM

57:21:43

11:58:04

03:00

8

264

AUERT (FRA)

CAN-AM

57:24:27

12:00:48

01:53:00

9

254

BRAZINA (CZE)

POLARIS

59:01:29

13:37:50

04:00:00

10

267

MAZZUCCO (ARG)

CAN-AM

64:32:11

19:08:32

03:00